Making Complex Simple


JLR and USAP are Proud to Partner with MAPMC

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – June 9, 2015 -- U.S. Anesthesia Partners (“USAP”), the nation’s largest anesthesia-focused, single-specialty physician services organization, today announced its partnership with Medical Anesthesia and Pain Management Consultants (“MAPMC”). Read More

Could a new robot replace anesthesiologists?

Could a new robot replace anesthesiologists?

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) soon will start selling a machine that automates the sedation of patients undergoing colonoscopies, but anesthesiologists warn that taking doctors out of sedative administration could prove perilous, the Wall Street Journal's Jonathan Rockoff reports. Is this just the beginning of how things are to be? Robots putting us to sleep? Read More

Ionizing Your Online Reputation: Shifting Negative Reviews to Positive

You do it when you are looking for a place to eat or looking for a place to kennel your pet for the family vacation. Major appliance purchase? Yes, you look for a review on that product, place or service to see if your chances of having a good experience are high or low. We especially like to read the rants, flames and often humorous negative comments customers post on the popular review sites. Hopefully you realize that people do this for medical treatment too. Oh yes! and they do it a LOT. Read More

Surgical Home

Anesthesiologist-led 'surgical home' cuts costs, improves outcomes

Touted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), a developing surgical home model promises to improve quality, efficiency and cost savings.
Last month, the American Society of Anesthesiologists presented its Perioperative Surgical Home model at a White House roundtable. Read More

Castlight Health CEO Giovanni Colella

X-Raying The Doctor Bills

Imagine going to a supermarket where none of the prices was posted or checking into a hotel without knowing the room rate. That, in a nutshell, is what purchasing health care is like for millions of Americans covered by private health insurance. Your doctor tells you to get an MRI but fails to mention, usually because she doesn’t know, that it’ll cost you hundreds of dollars more to get it at the hospital next door than if you go to the clinic 2 miles away. Read More

Ben Bowman (left) and David Mitchell (right) want to sell your blood. Credit: Da

Blood Money

Ben Bowman’s Minneapolis office, in a renovated brick warehouse, is steps from the Mississippi River. But his mind is on a different circulatory system: blood. As usual, he’s thinking about waste—1.3 million pints spoil, he claims, and get tossed every year in the U.S.—and about archaic distribution. “Can the market really be this inefficient?” Bowman asks, his voice rising a bit. “I spent at least six months calling people saying, ‘Tell me why the market’s like this.’ And the answer we got was, ‘This is the way it’s always been.’” Read More

Why Don't More Hospitals Use Electronic Health Records?

The case for EHR has long been compelling: It can help recognize and contain epidemics, speed claims processing, and, of course, cut costs. The U.S. is spending $2.7 trillion annually on health care, a number that’s approaching 18 percent of gross domestic product. The size of the problem is spurring a philosophical change, from a system where doctors are paid for the volumes of procedures they complete to one in which they are paid for keeping their patients healthy. Read More

Cancelled Surgeries Costing Hospitals Millions

Between patient no-shows and cancellations on the day of surgery, hospitals are losing millions in revenue each year, researchers have found. The good news, according to the investigators, is that patients who have a preoperative visit with an anesthesiologist are substantially more likely to keep their appointment in the operating room. Read More

New ICD-10 deadline proposed for 2014

The timeline for healthcare organizations to convert to the ICD-10 coding system will likely be delayed one year--to Oct. 1, 2014--U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Monday. The delay is part of a proposed rule, set to be published next week in the Federal Register, that would create a unique health plan identifier that HHS estimates could save doctors and insurers $4.6 billion over the next decade. Read More

Unifying Anesthesia Documentation

Just over three years ago, Central Washington Hospital (CWH), a 205-bed community hospital with 12 operating suites located in Wenatchee, Wash., suffered from productivity and cost inefficiencies. To help optimize patient care, improve efficiency and better manage costs, the hospital selected and implemented Picis perioperative solutions to automate all aspects of perioperative care, including the Picis Anesthesia Manager*. Read More