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TUE, AUG 18, 2015

How ASCs are Transforming Surgical Care in the U.S.

Medicare and Medicaid are celebrating a 50th anniversary in the U.S. Health Care system. The revolutionary system created 50 years ago is responsible for assisting more than 100 million Americans who are unable to afford the costs of staying healthy. Ambulatory Surgery Centers have also had an important impact on health... Read More

MON, MAY 5, 2014

Leading Publication Discusses OIG Recommendations on HOPD Medicare Payments

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have been a major focus of our discussions, publications, and presentations in 2014 here at Somnia Anesthesia. Concurrently, they have been in the spotlight of the healthcare world as well. With many changes in regulatory and pay-for-performance programs from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services... Read More

FRI, NOV 15, 2013

Controversy Over CMS Readmission Reduction Program Heats Up – Anesthesia Prepares

In the last year or so there has been much discussion and debate over the Medicare payment penalties for hospital readmissions. In last month’s issue of Healthcare Financial Management Association Magazine (HFM), authors Richard F. Averill, Norbert Goldfield, and John S. Hughes of 3M Health Information Systems decided to sound-off... Read More

MON, JUL 30, 2012

OIG reports that Hospital Adverse Events Are Not Being Reported to State Systems

A report just released by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), reveals that while 60% of adverse and temporary harm events to Medicare patients occur at hospitals in states with event reporting systems, only 12% actually met the requirements for reporting and only... Read More

THU, DEC 29, 2011

Pioneers for Health Care Model Chart New ACO Territory

Health care organizations were not exactly jumping on the bandwagon when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initially proposed its Accountable Care Organization (ACO). CMS circled the wagons and regrouped to release its Final ACO Regulations. The changes may have worked - at least enough to entice health care... Read More