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FRI, NOV 18, 2011

Somnia Releases How-To Guide for Anesthesia Options in Hospitals

It is no secret that the operating room is usually the hospital’s largest revenue source. By proxy, the delivery of anesthesia services is a pillar of every facility’s success, not only financially but for patient satisfaction and quality outcomes. Suffice to say, changing anesthesia providers is a major undertaking that... Read More

THU, NOV 10, 2011

Study Shows Patient Driving Abilities In Tact After Minor Surgery

Ambulatory surgical procedures are becoming more common. A recent study examined the effect of short-acting anesthetics on patients' driving abilities pre- and post-surgery. Study Findings Researchers tested 198 patients scheduled for minor, same day surgery. They used a driving simulator that reproduced a drive similar to one from the hospital to the patient's home. The... Read More

THU, NOV 3, 2011

Multimodal Method To Pain Control: Most Recommended, Least Used

Pain following surgery is a concern for many patients. A multimodal approach, or balanced analgesia, has been the recommendation for pain control. Treatment strategies include the use of more than one method for controlling pain, such as the use of drugs from two or more classes, or a combination of drug and... Read More

MON, OCT 31, 2011

Final ACO Regulations Revealed Following Negative Feedback

How does that saying go? If at first you don’t succeed, try again? Evidently, that is the prevailing theory in Washington as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the protocol for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) following a backlash from healthcare professionals and providers. In March, the CMS released... Read More

FRI, OCT 28, 2011

CMS Proposes Changes That Eliminate Red Tape

In an effort to eliminate antiquated policies and procedures that are deterrent to a hospital’s success, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently proposed rule changes that will save providers billions of dollars and allow hospitals and healthcare providers to operate with greater transparency and efficiency.  As part of President... Read More