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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

WED, AUG 31, 2011

Drug Shortages Prove Costly

At a time when there is hope for cost savings from top-selling drugs coming off patent, there is a different and disturbing trend developing in the industry. Physicians and hospitals indicate drug shortages affect the delivery of health care. USA Today reported a record number of drugs (180 drugs) "used in... Read More

FRI, AUG 19, 2011

Anesthesia Challenges Shared by Incoming ASA President

In a recent post at Becker's ASC Review, the incoming president for the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Jerry A. Cohen, MD, shared his point of view regarding challenges for the immediate future. Previously, Dr. Cohen served as ASA's First Vice President and was on the Executive Committee and Administrative... Read More