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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

FRI, AUG 12, 2011

Somnia Honored as Patient Safety Organization

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently recognized Somnia Anesthesia with national distinction as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO). Somnia is the first anesthesia-only management company to receive this honor. It is one of only 81 organizations in the country participating in the voluntary, nationwide program to improve patient... Read More

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