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WED, FEB 23, 2011

CMS Releases Revised Guidelines Following Criticism

In December 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released revised Hospital Conditions of Participation Interpretive Guidelines for Anesthesia Services. The guidelines contained significant changes, including modifications that the industry felt required clarification. At the heart of the discussions was the guidelines' distinction between anesthesia and analgesia and the administration... Read More

WED, FEB 16, 2011

Medical Groups Appeal Nurse Anesthetist Ruling

Federal rules allow states an exemption from the required physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), provided the governor of the state follows certain procedures for "opting out." In 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger of California exercised that option, along with 15 other states that now have an opt-out status. The California... Read More

MON, FEB 14, 2011

Anesthesia Future Focuses on Quality

Trying to predict what the future holds for anesthesia is not a new endeavor. What is new is the introduction of health reform legislation. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) put a spotlight on the changing times for healthcare providers with provisions for the delivery and compensation... Read More

FRI, FEB 4, 2011

Anesthesia Study Teams Neuroscience and Sleep Medicine

Many surgery patients believe anesthesia puts them to sleep. A review article published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals general anesthesia is a reversible coma, not sleep. Teaming neuroscience and sleep medicine, the article provides a framework for a better understanding of general anesthesia and its relation to sleep... Read More

MON, JAN 31, 2011

Anesthesia Understands Expanded Nursing Role

The earliest known recording of a nurse anesthetist occurred in 1887. So, the report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, was not a new concept for anesthesia providers. Two-Year Study The report was a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine. The two-year study focused... Read More