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Anesthesia Industry News

The News portion of NWAnesthesia.com offers news, announcements, commentary and articles on anesthesia, technology and things unique to our profession. You’ll find the most recent entries on the home page, but this page will become an archive of our industry.

Current Anesthesia Articles from Topix.com

'Surprise' medical billing catches Pa. insurance commissioner's eye
It can be the most unpleasant of surprises at a time a patient is still recovering from a recent surgery: A bill for hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for medical services shows up - services that the patient believed were covered by insurance. In one scenario, the hospital and surgeon are in-network but, unknown to the patient, the anesthesiologist or radiologist or other specialist is not.
Could Bill Let More Nurses Prescribe Opiates?
Some doctors say a proposed bill could lead to more nurses writing prescriptions for painkillers, possibly adding to an abuse problem in the state. Supporters of the bill say that's not the case at all.
N.J. Hospitals Liable for Docs' Lack of Insurance
An injured patient can't sue the surgeon who improperly put screws in his foot because the doctor had no medical malpractice insurance, New Jersey's high court ruled Tuesday. In a split ruling, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that doctors who lack malpractice insurance, either in whole or in part, should be disciplined by the state medical board, not in court.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center - Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare - Deals and Alliances Profile
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a healthcare service provider that offers education and medical care services. The center provides services which include acute care surgery/surgical critical care, ALS care, anesthesiology, animal assisted therapy, aquatic programs, arts and health, assistive technology, bariatric surgery, best health, bioethics, and breast care and burn center, among others.
Epidemiology of invasive candidiasis in a surgical intensive care unit: an observational study
Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Hospital ClA nico Universitario de Valencia, Avenida Blasco IbA A ez 17, Valencia, 46010, Spain The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1756-0500/8/491
Are Anesthesiologists Ethical Coders?
Anesthesiologists aren't upcoding the care of patients with private insurance to increase their reimbursements, according to a new study published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia Anesthesia providers are often reimbursed more by private insurers for the care of sicker patients - those with ASA scores of 3 to 5. That bump in payment disappears when patients reach 65 years of age and switch to Medicare, which pays a flat rate for all cases.
MEDNAX Announces Acquisition of Large Anesthesiology Practice in New...
MEDNAX, Inc. , today announced the acquisition of New Jersey Anesthesia Associates , a private physician group practice based in Livingston, N.J. NJAA employs 90 full-time clinicians that provide a full spectrum of anesthesia services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center , a 577-bed non-profit teaching hospital, and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. SBMC is the oldest and largest non-profit, nonsectarian hospital in New Jersey, serving more than 32,500 inpatients annually and together with Barnabas Health Ambulatory Center, more than 300,000 outpatients annually.
New Study: Mayo Clinic - Medical Equipment - Deals and Alliances Profile
Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization that offers healthcare services. The clinic provides diagnosis and treatment in medical and surgical specialties.
Hyperoxia Exacerbates Myocardial Ischemia in the Presence of Acute...
From the Philippa and Marvin Carsley CMR Centre at the Montreal Heart Institute, Montreal, QC, Canada ; Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Therapy, Bern University Hospital, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland ; and Department of Cardiology and Radiology, UniversitA© de MontrA©al, Montreal, QC, Canada . Correspondence to Dominik P. Guensch, MD, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Therapy, Bern University Hospital, Inselspital, 3010 Bern, Switzerland.
Interview: Nurse Anesthesia Program track
Dr. Michael Rieker of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center joins WXII 12's Margaret Johnson to discuss nurse anesthesia careers. MARGARET: THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND A LONG LIST OF HEALTH CARE JOBS.

Previous Anesthesia Articles and Entries

Doctor and Two Former Hospital Employees Plead Guilty to HIPAA Violations
Jane W. Duke, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, along with Thomas J. Browne, Special-Agent-in-Charge of the Little Rock Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today the guilty pleas of a Doctor and Two Former Hospital Employees. Each pled to a misdemeanor violation of the health information privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) based on their accessing a patient’s record without any legitimate purpose.
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine calling for a 60% increase in enrollment
The need for more doctors is so critical that Medical College of Georgia must expand immediately to produce physicians that will remain in GA — assuring both public health and economic opportunity for all citizens.
AAASC and FASA to Merge
The American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and FASA agreed to merge.
Aon study finds fewer medical malpractice claims against hospitals and physicians
Aon study finds fewer medical malpractice claims against hospitals and physicians.
Baxter Recalls Flawed Infusion Pump After Deaths
Baxter Healthcare Corp. recalled all models of its Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pumps because the pumps can shut down while delivering medication and fluids to patients, the Food and Drug Administration said.
Malpractice Premiums Far Outpaced Claims
The Center for Justice and Democracy, New York, said 15 of the nation’s biggest malpractice insurers “price–gouged” physicians from 2000 to 2004, increasing net premiums 120% while their net payments for claims rose 5.7% during that period.
Patient Safety Advocacy Decreases Malpractice Premiums
The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, June 21st examined how malpractice insurance premiums for anesthesiologists have decreased over the past 20 years because they have “focused on improving patient safety” rather than legislation that would “protect them against patient lawsuits.”
Medical Malpractice: Understanding Claims Made and Occurrence Coverage
Not all medical malpractice policies are the same. Understanding the difference between a “claims–made” policy and an “occurrence” policy may be difficult as there are significant differences in coverage.
Tennessee (TN) Licensure Changes
CRNA’s not holding a Masters Degree will not be “grandfathered in” after 07/01/2005.