August 22, 2016
Perioperative Surgical Home Initiative
With the Affordable Care Act’s increased emphasis on improving the quality of patient care, the American Society of Anesthesiologists has ...
August 16, 2016
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
As healthcare costs have come under increased scrutiny over the past several years, policymakers have increasingly realized that the reduction ...
August 1, 2016
Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)
Among the many factors that govern Medicare funding and expenditure, the Sustainable Growth Rate (more commonly referred to as SGR) ...
July 29, 2016
Sedasys Machines: Are they the Future of Anesthesia?
The Sedasys computer-assisted personalized sedation (CAPS) system is an anesthesiology machine that aims to automate anesthesia delivery(2). If successful, this ...
July 18, 2016
Sequestration and Anesthesia Services
Medical sequestration is the two percent payment reduction for the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) program that affects claims with dates-of-service or ...
July 12, 2016
Value-Based Modifiers & Physician Pay
The value-based modifier (VM) program was created under the Affordable Care Act and requires that the Centers of Medicare & ...
June 22, 2016
A co-management agreement is an increasingly popular integration model under which hospitals and physicians jointly manage a health service. Driven ...
June 6, 2016
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974 is a federal law that sets strict guidelines and minimum standards ...
May 19, 2016
Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary (MSPB)
Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary (MSPB) is a measure of hospitals’ average spending compared to the national median after adjusting for ...
April 28, 2016
Data Breaches in Health Information Systems
In this day and age, any information that is online is susceptible to attack. Medical information, unfortunately, is no exception, ...
April 21, 2016
Malignant Hyperthermia: Who is at Risk and What are the ...
Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) is a rare, life-threatening condition that poses unique challenges to both anesthesia teams and affected families. Patients ...
April 12, 2016
Anesthesia Services and the OIG Work Plan
Every fiscal year, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) releases a Work ...