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THU, OCT 6, 2011

Ritalin May Reverse Anesthesia Effects

In a study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, researchers discovered that use of methylphenidate (Ritalin), can help surgical patients awaken faster from general anesthesia.  Published in the October edition of the journal Anesthesiology, the results reveal that when rats were given Ritalin, they recovered from anesthesia much more quickly relative to... Read More

WED, OCT 5, 2011

New Somnia White Paper Shows Importance of Anesthesia in VBP Programs

Healthcare reform continues to evolve and, as a new Somnia Anesthesia white paper outlines, the need for hospitals to be prepared for the Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program is of vital importance.  The white paper, “How Anesthesia Can Help Hospitals with Value-Based Purchasing,” focuses on the critical role of hospital anesthesia departments... Read More

THU, SEP 22, 2011

Joint Commission Recognizes Top Performers in Hospital Quality

The Joint Commission added a new twist to its annual report on hospital quality and safety. The recently released 2011 report, Improving America's Hospitals, recognizes top performing hospitals and critical access hospitals that use evidence-based care processes with positive patient outcomes. It is especially relevant with the shift in business models... Read More

FRI, SEP 16, 2011

Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction Receives Renewed Focus

Research suggests the cognitive functions of some patients decline following general anesthesia and surgery. Referred to as postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD), the effects range from mild to long-lasting. The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) presented a special focus on POCD in its May 2011 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia. The articles... Read More

THU, SEP 8, 2011

Transparency Two-Way Street for Value-Based Purchasing

Transparency is the name of the game for health care's future outcomes-based business model. No program demonstrates that better than the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program. What once was only a reporting of hospital performance has evolved into the basis for Medicare reimbursement. In order... Read More