Patients Prefer Regional Over General Anesthesia in Study of Post-Op M&M

According a recent study, regional anesthesia outperforms general anesthesia.

According a recent study, adult patients are choosing regional over general anesthesia due to a variance in mortality rates.

It has been found that patients have a preference of regional over general anesthesia according to a study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. This preference among patients receiving elective surgery was directly linked with the statistics associated with lower odds for 30-day mortality and complications.

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2015 Health Insurance Rates Look Encouraging

A first look at health insurance rates for next year is encouraging.

A first look at health insurance rates for next year is encouraging.

Early evidence is suggesting that 2015 health insurance rates look encouraging. Health insurance premiums in major cities around the country are barely rising.

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Electronic Health Records Could Save Healthcare Billions

A new report suggests EHRs could save healthcare industry up to $78 billion.

A new report suggests EHRs could save healthcare industry up to $78 billion.

Electronic Health Records are expected to save the global healthcare industry as much as $78 billion over five years, according to new analysis from Juniper Research. The report, Digital Health, Remote Monitoring & EHR Cost Savings 2014-2019, notes that electronic health records are crucial as the supporting infrastructure for a wide range of digital healthcare and mHealth projects. [Read more…]

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ASC Owners: Are You Prepared With Wills & Living Trusts?

Are  you prepared with a will or living trust?

Are you okay with the possibility of a completely arbitrary set of outdated laws determining how your hard-earned estate, including perhaps ASC ownership interests, is distributed? Are you okay letting these laws determine how much each family member receives and how much estate tax is taken out while completely leaving out any funds for charitable organizations you supported all your life? Are you okay with the state subjugating your will and replacing it with their own in deciding how the fortune you amassed is split? If so, then you do not need a will — a legal document that provides your instructions for managing your estate upon your death.

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Bundled Billing is Detrimental to Anesthesia Providers

Hospitals continue to bundle bill, and they are facing important compliance challenges

Bundled billing was first used by hospitals to offer competitive discounted, and coordinated pricing by bundling physician services, with hospital services for a single price for a procedure. [Read more…]

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New Medicare Rule for Surgeons Could Result in ‘Nightmare’

A first look at health insurance rates for next year is encouraging.

A new Medicare rule that will eliminate global surgical payments in two phases beginning in 2017 will be “an administrative burden for surgeons” and “a nightmare to track,” says the American College of Surgeons. [Read more…]

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2 Greatest Challenges for Provider Compliance with New HIPAA Omnibus Rules

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A recently performed survey of healthcare providers conducted by the Healthcare Information Security Today indicated that training and educating staff is the biggest compliance issue that faced them. Two other issues were of major concern to providers:

  1. Training and Educating Workforce
  2. Negotiating and signing with business associates

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Patient Safety Concerns: Healthcare Needs an NTSB-like Agency

Among other responsibilities, a NTSB-like agency could conduct investigations for the purpose of patient safety.

The arrival of a team of patient safety experts furthered Americans’ uneasiness when they descended upon Presbyterian Dallas Hospital to determine the the cause and sequence of events leading to the death of a patient with the Ebola virus

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Running Lean – Use Benchmarking to Reduce Costs

By Robert Kurtz

Ann Geier, vice president of clinical informatics with the surgery division of Source-Medical in Wallingford, Connecticut, says lowering an ASC’s costs is critical, but if you don’t know your costs and don’t know your figures you want to reach, it is difficult to monitor the success of your efforts
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Pay Issues Weigh on Anesthesiologists

Despite uncertainty, Rosen says new technologies & best practices can make anesthesia better than it has ever been.

President David Rosen oversees Midwest Anesthesia Partners (MAP), a physician group in the Chicago metro area that contains over 150 anesthesiology nurses and physicians.

Like most in the industry, MAP formed by joining with other smaller physician groups to prevent being purchased by a large hospital system. This also gave the anesthesiologists compensation power, so they didn’t have to try to negotiate rates individually.

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