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FRI, NOV 15, 2013

Controversy Over CMS Readmission Reduction Program Heats Up – Anesthesia Prepares

In the last year or so there has been much discussion and debate over the Medicare payment penalties for hospital readmissions. In last month’s issue of Healthcare Financial Management Association Magazine (HFM), authors Richard F. Averill, Norbert Goldfield, and John S. Hughes of 3M Health Information Systems decided to sound-off... Read More

THU, OCT 31, 2013

National Healthcare Quality Week 2013

Last week, the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) celebrated its annual National Healthcare Quality Week (NHQW). Originating in 1985 after NAHQ House of Delegates approved a proposal to create this annual week-long program, National Healthcare Quality week recognizes and celebrates the hard work and dedication of healthcare quality and... Read More

THU, AUG 8, 2013

How Robotic Surgery Can Impact the Anesthesia Provider

You hear it time and time again – surgical procedures need to be conducted in a cost-effective, high-quality, patient-centric manner consistent with the mandates set forth by healthcare reform. Ultimately, the demands on the industry are very transparent: deliver patient care in a timely, less costly method or else. The... Read More

MON, JUL 29, 2013

New Study Determines Best Methods for Creating Patient Satisfaction Surveys

In developing and implementing quality improvement programs for hospital anesthesia departments, the core components and corresponding tactics are typically bucketed off into four areas: professional development, clinical standards, performance improvement, and customer satisfaction. Perhaps none is as telling to the quality of care than the last area – customer satisfaction. This... Read More

MON, JUL 8, 2013

Anesthesiology News Article Recaps Anesthesiologist Work During Boston Marathon Attacks

As most of the country spent the Fourth of July festivities at a family BBQ or laying in the sun, it would be remiss to not take the time this month to celebrate our country’s indomitable fighting spirit that was on display during another holiday earlier this year – Patriots’... Read More