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THU, AUG 11, 2011

Anesthesia Services Offers Assistance With Value-Based Purchasing

This is the final part or a four-part series on the value-based purchasing (VBP) program. In Part 1 of our series, we looked at what led to the program. Part 2 shared an examination of the final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Part 3 reviewed the impact anesthesia services... Read More

WED, AUG 3, 2011

Somnia Members to Attend Upcoming ANNA Meeting in Boston

The 78th annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) takes place in Boston, Massachusetts on August 6, 2011 through August 10, 2011. The annual meeting celebrates the AANA's 80th anniversary with educational workshops and networking opportunities for all attendees. Workshops and lectures include information on pain management, the business side of... Read More

TUE, AUG 2, 2011

Anesthesia Has Key Impact on the Value-Based Purchasing Program

In Part 1 of our four-part series on the value-based purchasing (VBP) program, we looked at the history that led to the program and followed that with an examination of the final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Part 3 reviews the impact anesthesia services has on the VBP program. Anesthesia Plays Key Role With VBP... Read More

FRI, JUL 29, 2011

Studies Show Anesthesiologists Improve Colon Polyp Detection

Anesthesiologists play a key role in the detection of polyps discovered during a colonoscopy. Dr. Brooks C. Cash of the National Naval Medical Center presented findings from a large retrospective study of over 4.5 million index colonoscopies. Dr. Cash and his colleagues reviewed outcomes from procedures performed between 2001 and 2010. Approximately one... Read More

FRI, JUL 29, 2011

Reviewing the Value-Based Purchasing Program Final Rule

In the first of a four-part series on the value-based purchasing (VBP) program, we looked at the background and the influence of healthcare reform on this significant change in healthcare reimbursement. Part 2 examines the final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Key Provisions of the Final Rule On April 29, 2011,... Read More