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WED, FEB 26, 2014

Still Possible for ASCs to Succeed in Light of Restrictive Policies and Programs

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) seemingly never get a break when it comes to reimbursement and Medicare payment policies, especially during the last decade. According to Becker’s ASC Review, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has continued to decrease the overall reimbursement payments towards ASCs since 2003. Usually a percentage of... Read More

WED, FEB 5, 2014

Quality Pain Management: What is it Exactly?

While reading through various anesthesia articles this week, I came across an abstract of a study that was conducted by Sigridur Zoëga MS, RN, CNS and company earlier this month. The purpose of the study was to “explore the concept of quality pain management (QPM) in adult hospitalized patients.” According to Zoëga,... Read More

FRI, JAN 24, 2014

ASA Releases Recommendations for Commercial Use of Sedasys

As a follow-up to our previous blog post, “2014: The Year of the Robot Anesthesiologist,” it is only fitting that we discuss the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) guidelines and recommendations that it released Wednesday (Jan. 22, 2014) for Johnson and Johnson’s computer-assisted personalized-sedation (CAPS) system, Sedasys. Beginning this year, Sedasys... Read More

FRI, JAN 17, 2014

2014: The Year of the Robot Anesthesiologist

This past December, members of the Somnia Anesthesia staff attended the New York State Gastroenterologists’ 37th Annual Course in New York City at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square. Like many tradeshows and conferences, there were a plethora of booths, exhibitions, presentations and demonstrations, especially in the technological arena. From... Read More

WED, NOV 27, 2013

Somnia Chief Discusses Critical Steps in CLABSI Prevention in Recent AORN Publication

Dr. Robert Karpinos, Chief of Anesthesiology at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY, and a member of the Somnia Anesthesia family, collaborated with the Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) in the latest edition of the “Periop Insider”, AORNs weekly publication. The article, “Preventing CLABSIs: 6 Critical Steps” thoroughly covered... Read More