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  • By Steel City Anesthesia On Friday, August 06 th, 2010 · no Comments · In

    The upcoming annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) scheduled for Sunday, August 8, 2010 will focus on healthcare reform and its impact on nurse anesthesia practice. Healthcare expert, Gail Wilensky, PhD as the Keynote Speaker, will address the meeting in Seattle speaking about “Comparative Effectiveness Research: The Key to Healthcare Reform”.  The healthcare reforms package recently announced by the government is expected to expand coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans by 2019. Health insurance is expected to be more affordable and the number of elective surgeries will grow. In light of this, AANA President James Walker, CRNA, DNP, considers Dr. Wilensky’s topic very timely for the nurse anesthetist community. The AANA has recently published its own cost-effectiveness analysis of nurse anesthesia practice. This year’s annual meeting will encourage an informed and analytical discussion about the new healthcare reforms and what changes they are likely to augur for anesthesiologists and the nurse anesthesia practice. At Steel City Anesthesia we play an active role in educating, informing and working together with the community of anesthesiologists. If you’d like to know more about any of our anesthesia services, contact us online. Do you have comments, questions or observations about healthcare reforms and anesthesia? We’d love to hear from you on our blog. Leave us your thoughts below.

  • By admin On Wednesday, August 04 th, 2010 · no Comments · In

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a statement that it no longer requires physician supervision of CRNA’s providing labor analgesia or moderate sedation in hospitals participating in Medicare.  Along with this announcement was an additional statement that Medicare  requires, during deep sedation with propofol, the involvement of an anesthesia provider such as a CRNA. This revision was to “ensure high quality, safe, and effective care provided by CRNA’s throughout the United States” as stated by James Walker president of AANA. In the article from the January AANA Journal, specific reference is made to the example of “deep sedation” for colonoscopy screening. It goes on to state most propofol use in this area is used to decrease patient movement and improve visualization in this invasive procedure. It continues, the reason that anesthesia personnel are needed is the potential for inadvertent progression to general anesthesia. Thus, the need for a highly qualified  individual trained in anesthesia is a must. You can read more through the AANA website here, but you must register first. Additional resources on this topic can be found below: America Society of Anesthesiologists – Revised Interpretive guidelines Outpatient Surgery Magazine – CMS Substantially Alters Guidelines for Hospital Anesthesia Services Medical Society of Virginia – CMS revises interpretive guidelines for anesthesia services in hospitals The Health Law Partners – Anesthesia Guidelines Clarified: CMS Issues Transmittal on May 21, 2010

  • By Steel City Anesthesia On Wednesday, July 28 th, 2010 · no Comments · In

    We’re very excited to announce the launch of our new website located at www.SteelCityAnesthesia.com. We’ve been working very hard for the past couple of months to develop an online strategy that will benefit our employees, facilities, patients and future partners. Our new website and online scheduling system are a big piece of this and there is a lot we plan to add as we ramp up. You can also keep track of us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. At Steel City Anesthesia, we provide high quality clinical anesthesia services to inpatients and outpatients in a variety of settings. We offer anesthesia outsourcing to surgery centers, hospitals and healthcare provider offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Our website offers information unique to each one of these segments to help them understand why outsourcing is the best choice for their anesthesia needs. The website also provides a method for patients to schedule their procedure online and learn more about anesthesia. Our online scheduling system, linked into the new site, is an internal tool we use to ensure our facilities are staffed appropriately and our anaesthetists have complete control over their work schedule.  CRNAs and anesthetists can input their work requests, we then review and approve them to a facility. Facility managers have access to the system to see who is working at their location and when. The system has been a benefit to our employees as well as our facilities – and freed up some of our personal time as a side benefit 🙂   Our blog will contain topics related to the speciality of anesthesia. We are looking to post on a frequent basis, so stop back often to see what’s new. Or better yet, subscribe to our RSS feed . We’d love to keep in touch. If you’re interested in a specific topic that you’d like us to write a post on, please email us at support@steelca.com.

  • By Steel City Anesthesia On Wednesday, June 02 nd, 2010 · no Comments · In

    AANA Annual Meeting Washington State Convention Center Seattle, Wash., August 7-11, 2010 The Annual Meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is designed to update and expand the practitioner’s knowledge in the medical, nursing, and sociopsychological sciences related to nurse anesthesia. This highlight of the year features cutting-edge speakers and events that are not duplicated elsewhere. More information can be ofund on the AANA website here.

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