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WED, JAN 18, 2012

Benefits of CRNAs and Anesthesia Care Team Model

Exceptional quality in the delivery of anesthesia in the OR is as vital to a hospital’s clinical and financial success as virtually any other component of a facility’s day-to-day operations. That is about as unquestionable and iron-clad of a statement as you can make in the healthcare industry. The debate,... Read More

TUE, JAN 17, 2012

OIG: Most Adverse Events at Hospitals Go Unreported

The Office of the Investigator General (OIG) for the Department of Health & Human Services published a report a few weeks ago titled, “Hospital Incident Reporting Systems Do Not Capture Most Patient Harm,” in which an in-depth study of adverse event reporting in almost 200 hospitals disturbingly revealed significant underreporting... Read More

THU, JAN 5, 2012

Risk of Stopping Smoking Before Surgery Unsubstantiated

It is not often that you receive a caution against stopping smoking. However, despite medical evidence to the contrary, some medical literature supported the concept that stopping smoking before surgery posed a risk. Interpretations of prior studies linked increased postoperative pulmonary complications to stopping smoking less than eight weeks before surgery. One study of... Read More

THU, DEC 29, 2011

Pioneers for Health Care Model Chart New ACO Territory

Health care organizations were not exactly jumping on the bandwagon when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initially proposed its Accountable Care Organization (ACO). CMS circled the wagons and regrouped to release its Final ACO Regulations. The changes may have worked - at least enough to entice health care... Read More

TUE, DEC 27, 2011

NQF-RAND Study Seeks to Understand Use of Performance Measures

In an attempt to gain in-depth feedback about the most commonly used performance measures around the country, the National Quality Forum (NQF) recently contracted with the RAND Corporation to conduct an independent study of healthcare end-users to better understand how these measures are being used and more importantly, how to... Read More