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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

FRI, DEC 9, 2011

Patient Experience in Healthcare Means More Than Being Nice

When a patient has a poor healthcare experience, there is more at stake than just an unhappy patient. The fallout could have serious repercussions to the bottom line. A new white paper from the Beryl Institute, Return on Service: The Financial Impression of Uncomplaining Experience, examines the impact on the financial, marketing... Read More

FRI, DEC 2, 2011

New Anesthesia & Analgesia App Just Released

It's here - video on demand for anesthesia. It may not be the latest sci-fi flick, but it is one of the features of the new iPad application (app) for Anesthesia & Analgesia, the official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). Editors unveiled the new software, which offers the entire content of each edition... Read More