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WED, JUN 11, 2014

Are All Preoperative Procedures Necessary? A New Study Suggests to Cut to Reduce Costs

Preoperative procedures preceding a patient’s surgery require a patient to arrive hours before their surgery. But how effective are pre-anesthetic tests? Routine pre-anesthetic tests cost more than $60 billion every year and studies dating back to 1985 offer evidence that these tests may incur unnecessary costs and that they may... Read More

TUE, MAY 20, 2014

Survey: How Up-to-Par Are Your Anesthesia Operations?

Clinical excellence in anesthesia does not always result in effective anesthesia management. A mismanaged anesthesia operation exposes great financial, performance, and administrative risks to the hospital. After speaking with many of our clients, we have learned that most problems their former anesthesia groups  possessed could be categorized into 5 main... Read More

MON, MAY 5, 2014

Leading Publication Discusses OIG Recommendations on HOPD Medicare Payments

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have been a major focus of our discussions, publications, and presentations in 2014 here at Somnia Anesthesia. Concurrently, they have been in the spotlight of the healthcare world as well. With many changes in regulatory and pay-for-performance programs from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services... Read More

FRI, MAY 2, 2014

Somnia Survey Ranks Career Factors for MDs and CRNAs

Recently, Somnia Anesthesia conducted a survey asking anesthesiologists and CRNAS around the US which career factors were most important to them. The questions were based around practice settings, case diversity, non-clinical responsibilities, practice staffing models, location, work schedule, compensation, and benefits. Participants were required to rank these factors on a... Read More

WED, APR 16, 2014

Well Worth A Read: Leading Publication Features Discussion on Hospital-Owned Medical Practices

Healthcare Financial Management (HFM) Magazine wrote an article in their April 2014 issue titled “Hospital-Owned Medical Practices – Gaining the Benefits Without the Losses.” After reading the HFM piece last week, I decided to share it with you in this blog entry. The author, Marc D. Halley, begins by explaining the... Read More