Anesthesia Management: Nocebo effects and negative suggestion in anesthesia

Authors: Zech N, Seemann M, Hansen E; Der Anaesthesist (Oct 2014) Anesthetists have an impact on patients and healing processes not only through drugs, interventions and therapy but also significantly by their words and personality. A substantial part of observed side effects is caused by nocebo effects and negative suggestion, i.e. by the doctor and […]

Anesthesia Management: Medicare, Medicaid get ‘big data’ chief

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is creating the position of chief data officer to improve transparency, agency officials said Wednesday. Niall Brennan, the agency official who will take on the role, will be charged with collecting and disseminating information about Medicare, Medicaid, the ObamaCare marketplaces, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and other […]

Anesthesia Management:For-profit hospital Q3 financial results: 15 things to know

Many of our readers work in one of these hospitals so I wanted to share it with them. The five major for-profit hospital operators have released their third quarter financial reports, and below are 15 things to know about their financial results and operating performance. Community Health Systems (Franklin, Tenn.) 1. CHS reported $4.79 billion […]

Anesthesia Management: Stanford professor predicts doom for health insurers

I thought this was interesting so I wanted to share it. Competition among health systems and pressure to cut costs will transform–if not doom–health insurance companies in their current form, Stanford University Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer argues in a Fortune article. Calling the existing healthcare payment system “a bureaucracy that would make Kafka blush,” Pfeffer says […]

Anesthesia Management: High deductibles scaring patients away from care

For several years now, rising out-of-pocket health costs have caused some patients to forego needed care. A recent study from the Commonwealth Fund confirms that not only are patients cutting back on care due to cost, but also their misunderstanding of insurance coverage leads many to forego preventive care unnecessarily. Highlights from the national survey […]

Anesthesia Management: Despite a stabilizing malpractice environment, experts say tort reform doesn’t work

The current medical malpractice environment has grown slightly less treacherous for doctors over the past seven to 10 years, with payouts falling and premiums remaining relatively flat, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But this stabilization of the market has not been due to traditional liability reforms such as […]

Anesthesia Management: ASA, with the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, Sends Formal Letter to FDA on Potential Toxicity of Anesthetics and Sedation Drugs in the Pediatric Population

On November 12, 2014, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA) sent a formal letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Science Board in response to their upcoming November 19 meeting on the use and potential toxicity of anesthetics and sedation drugs in the pediatric population. According […]

Anesthesia Management: ASA Sends Multisociety Comment Letter to FDA on Safety and Effectiveness of Epidural Steroid Injections

On November 7, 2014, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, American Academy of Pain Medicine, and International Spine Intervention Society sent a formal letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee in response to their upcoming November 24-25 meeting […]