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FRI, APR 1, 2011

Proposed Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Regulations Released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued its long-anticipated proposed regulations for accountable care organizations. Focused on coordinating care for Medicare beneficiaries, the proposed rules aim to create an integrated healthcare delivery system that provides seamless care in a wide range of settings, and links payments to... Read More

TUE, MAR 29, 2011

Health Information Technology Study Reviews Effects on Outcomes

There is no shortage of articles regarding Health Information Technology (IT). A recent study published in the journal Health Affairs, reviewed articles on health IT and its effect on outcomes, including quality, efficiency and provider satisfaction. Health IT Incentives In 2009, Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health... Read More

FRI, MAR 18, 2011

Poster Presentation by Somnia Anesthesia & St. Mary’s Hospital

Somnia Anesthesia partnered with nurses and physicians at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy, New York to study peri-operative care of surgical patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Capital District Nursing Research Alliance awarded the study team with a poster presentation on the topic at the Alliance's next conference. The presentation,... Read More

FRI, MAR 4, 2011

Study Shows Anesthesia Need Beyond Compliance

Anesthesia regulatory and accreditation standards are the baseline for clinical quality. A study conducted by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center demonstrated the importance of going beyond compliance. Study Results Researchers collected data from 164 operating room cases involving anesthesia. The results revealed anesthesia providers are one significant source of contamination in the operating room. In... Read More

WED, FEB 23, 2011

Weighing in on the Extra Cost of Anesthesia Care

In response to an article recently posted on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Web site titled, “The Extra Cost of Monitored Anesthesia Care,” written by Dr. Lawrence B. Cohen, I find it disconcerting that there remains an obvious economic focus to question the appropriate means by which patients receive comfort... Read More