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TUE, NOV 22, 2011

Anesthesia Plays Key Role in Hospitals of the Future

The shift from a volumes-based business model to one based on outcomes has anesthesia providers and hospitals speculating on the future. The American Hospital Association (AHA) shares ideas for shaping the delivery of health care in its new report, Hospitals and Care Systems of the Future. The report offers recommendations on what... Read More

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