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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

Are Blood Tests Necessary Before Low-Risk Surgery?
Scheduling routine blood tests before minor surgery adds unneeded stress to patients' lives and the already taxed healthcare system, according to a study published in the journal Anesthesiology . Canadian researchers assessed the records of nearly 1 million patients who underwent low-risk cases such as ophthalmic surgery, hernia repair and knee arthroscopy at 119 hospitals.
Physician anesthesiologists in many hospitals using modifier QZ
Many hospitals that exclusively report the modifier QZ, defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to be used for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist service: without medical direction by a physician, have affiliated physician anesthesiologists, according to research published recently in A & A Case Reports . Thomas R. Miller, Ph.D., M.B.A., from the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Schaumberg, Ill., and colleagues examined hospitals that used the modifier QZ exclusively in anesthesia claims.
Swiss doctors set record, separate 8-day-old, 1.1-kg conjoined twins
Swiss doctors have separated 8-day-old conjoined twin sisters fused at the liver and chest - the youngest-ever successfully separated, a Swiss paper reported Sunday. Five surgeons, assisted by two nurses and six anesthesiologists, carried out the successful, five-hour operation last month to separate the tiny identical twins, the Le Matin Dimanche weekly reported.
Championing your specialty through awareness weeks
Fire Prevention Week. National Volunteer Week. Save Your Vision Week. tTe list goes on! These observances or "awareness weeks" aim to advocate important messages both locally and nationally to the media and public.
Talk with a Physician Anesthesiologist to Make Surgery Safe at Any Age
Feb. 1, 2016 - For patients having surgery, working closely with a physician anesthesiologist is an important part of making sure the experience is as safe and comfortable as possible. This is especially true when the patient is an older adult or child, according to American Society of Anesthesiologists President Daniel J. Cole, M.D. Surgery and anesthesia are safer than they've ever been, thanks to patient safety initiatives, research and professional standards implemented by ASA.
Addressing the Chronic Pain Epidemic
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Unnecessary blood tests common before low-risk surgeries, study says
Depending on which hospital you go to for your low-risk surgical procedure, you may be 2.4 times more or less likely to be sent for unnecessary blood tests. This is among the findings of a study conducted by researchers from the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Women's College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care .
Rab11a Mediates Vascular Endothelial-Cadherin Recycling and Controls...
From the Departments of Anesthesiology , Pharmacology , and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics , University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago; and Department of General Surgery, Qilu Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan, China . Correspondence to Guochang Hu, MD, PhD, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 3200W UICH, MC 515, 1740 W, Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612.
Was Whistleblowing a Reason for Firing or the Reason?
The outcome of a physician whistleblower's retaliation claim against his former medical group turns on the question whether whistleblowing was a reason or the reason he was fired. If it was a reason, he loses.
Anesthesia Business Consultants Demonstrates F1RSTCode at the Asa's Practice Management 2016
Anesthesia Business Consultants , a leading provider in billing and practice management for the anesthesia and pain management specialty, is pleased to announce it will be attending PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2016 hosted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, held January 29-31 at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront in San Diego. This event is the premier business event for physician anesthesiologists and practice administrators.

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.