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A Little Help from My Friends: HHS Injects Money into the Cyberwar

We humans like to be moved, and music has the unique ability to touch our souls and affect our emotions like few other mediums. It can even have a physical effect on the ones imparting the music. Who can forget the supercharged performance of the inimitable Joe Cocker, with his flailing arms and gut-busting vocals, […]

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Anesthesia Succession Planning: The New Old Challenge

Many anesthesia practices benefit from particularly strong leadership and management. Often, this is provided by an individual who is particularly well regarded by the membership and the medical community. Many practices put their trust in an individual who is qualified to guide the practice through the ever-evolving challenges of American medicine and speak for the […]

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Round Two: Another Cyberattack on the Healthcare Sector

When the movie Jaws premiered in June of 1975, it caused a sea-change (pun intended) in the way people thought about beach-going. Before the 25-foot great white monster chewed its way into the American consciousness, vacationers were cavalier and nonplussed about hitting the waves and swimming off the shores of Miami, Galveston or Santa Monica. But once […]

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They’re Watching: Federal Enforcement Actions Against Providers

Sometimes, you just get that nagging feeling. Somebody’s watching you. You look over your shoulder, but nobody’s there. That doesn’t mean, however, that you’re not, in fact, under some form of surreptitious surveillance. Medical providers would do well to proceed under the assumption that they are always under the microscope. If it’s not an auditor […]

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D.C. Deletes Non-Competes: FTC Issues Landmark Ruling

Many of us have been there.  We seek and land a great job, but there’s just one catch.  To lock up the position, we must first sign away our future right to seek employment in the same industry, up to a certain period of time (two years is standard), should we ultimately part ways with […]

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Anesthesia Budget Challenges

Three years ago, anesthesia practices experienced one of the worst budgetary challenges ever when the coronavirus pandemic forced a dramatic reduction in surgical case volume. It was an example of an external market factor completely beyond the control of anesthesia providers. Now that the impact of Covid-19 has more or less slipped into history, a […]

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2025 IPPS Proposed Rule: Additional Reporting Programs

Over the last two weeks, we have presented our readers a summary of provisions found in the FY 2025 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule. Last week, we introduced some of the quality programs. Today’s article takes a look at additional reporting programs that hospital administrators will need to consider. Hospital Readmissions Reduction […]

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Battling the Onslaught: Strategies to Conquer Healthcare Staffing Shortages in 2024 

The healthcare industry remains on the front lines of a relentless battle – the war for talent. Staffing shortages, a pre-pandemic concern, have morphed into a full-blown crisis, threatening patient care, staff well-being, and organizational stability. From harried emergency rooms to understaffed nursing homes, the strain is undeniable.  A Deeper Dive: Why We’re Here  While […]

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Pulling the Trigger: New Policies and Impediments Involving Trigger Points

Last week, we published an article that explored the value that a chronic pain practice can bring to an anesthesia group. Today’s alert delves further into the chronic pain domain by focusing on one of the specialty’s go-to procedures: the trigger point injection (TPI). Five of the seven Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) have recently adopted […]

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