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) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 & ...
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June 22, 2016

Co-Management Agreement

A co-management agreement is an increasingly popular integration model under which hospitals and physicians jointly manage a health service. Driven ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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April 4, 2016

History of Interventional Pain Management

The discovery and development of pain management has allowed for safer, longer, more invasive surgeries and has dramatically reduced the ...
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March 28, 2016

Critical Access Hospitals’ Important Role in Rural Communities

Despite the fact that nearly 20% of Americans live in rural areas, rural hospitals have historically faced momentous challenges that ...
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