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WED, OCT 10, 2012

CMS Considers Allowing CRNAs Reimbursement for Chronic Pain

In the ongoing debate about the increased scope of practice of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), more fuel has been added to fire concerning pain management practices.  On November 1st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will decide whether nurse anesthetists are able to bill Medicare at rates on... Read More

MON, OCT 8, 2012

The Dangers of Delirium

According to a recent New York Times article entitled “Vigilance About the Dangers of Delirium,” hospital patients need not be elderly to beat risk for developing delirium. This condition is characterized by disorientation and hallucinations. According to experts, small but important changes in patient care, as well as knowledge about... Read More

FRI, SEP 14, 2012

Self-Reporting the Next Frontier in Patient Safety

Earlier this year, a report released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) discovered that 86% of adverse events go unreported in hospitals across the country. This was discovered as a result of events being reported on Medicare claims but not reported in the hospital’s incident reporting systems. A... Read More

FRI, AUG 10, 2012

New anesthesia drugs in pipeline show promise of fewer side effects

Researchers are developing new anesthetic agents with important advantages over current drugs, according to a July 31st article in Science Daily. These developments could ultimately lead to better, safer anesthetics that will improve patient care. In a study published in the August 2012 issue of Anesthesia and Analgesia, the journal of... Read More

THU, AUG 2, 2012

Academic Anesthesia Departments Suffer Inadequate Staffing and Support

According to an article from Anesthesia News, numerous academic hospital anesthesia departments are reporting an insufficient level of technician and transport support. With the volume of complex surgical cases increasing, along with off-site procedures and advancements in technology, there is an additional pressure on the healthcare system to provide expert... Read More