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MON, JUL 30, 2012

OIG reports that Hospital Adverse Events Are Not Being Reported to State Systems

A report just released by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), reveals that while 60% of adverse and temporary harm events to Medicare patients occur at hospitals in states with event reporting systems, only 12% actually met the requirements for reporting and only... Read More

WED, JUL 18, 2012

Impact of Health Care Reform in the OR

When Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, it mandated that adults not covered by an employer or government-sponsored insurance plan be required to obtain health insurance or face a tax penalty. The law came under severe fire and became one of the most politicized debates... Read More

FRI, JUN 15, 2012

Job Search for New Anesthesia Grads – What Do Recruiters Look For?

June is the time of year when new grads are thinking about beginning the next phase of their lives, and landing their first jobs. However, like many medical professionals, graduating anesthesiologists and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists receive only a small amount of instruction in navigating a job search. In addition to... Read More

FRI, JUN 1, 2012

Increasing Cost of GI Visits Come Under Fire in NY Times Story

The prevalence of gastrointestinal procedures has grown at a considerable rate in the last few decades with over 20 million endoscopies performed in the United States each year. Nowadays, it is recommended that all Americans undergo a screening at the age of 50, and repeat the procedure every 10 years.   With... Read More

THU, MAY 31, 2012

Somnia's Marc Koch on Ensuring Hospital OR Success

In mid-May, hundreds of hospital executives and industry leaders convened in Chicago for the 2012 Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Conference. The featured speakers spoke on a variety of issues impacting today’s healthcare environment including ACOs, physician-hospital integration and improving profitability. Somnia was proud to be a “gold” exhibitor at the conference... Read More