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Keys to a Smooth Anesthesia Management Transition

By CCI Anesthesia

A common misperception among hospital or surgery center administrators is that transitioning to a new anesthesia management company is a long, painful process. While some transitions are certainly more difficult than others, the vast majority of transitions to CCI Anesthesia have been extremely smooth. As a comprehensive provider of anesthesia practice management services since 2004,…

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The Case for an All CRNA Practice

By CCI Anesthesia

Anesthesiologists and CRNAs work together every day to provide anesthesia care to surgical patients as well as pain management services. Each kind of anesthesia provider type plays an important role in the day-to-day management of cases and patient care delivery. Most facilities utilize a strategic mix of anesthesiologists and CRNAs to best cover their unique…

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Avoiding Anesthesia Billing Fraud

By CCI Anesthesia

The clinical work of anesthetizing patients for surgery is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to anesthesia management. In the evolving healthcare environment in which we live, anesthesiologists and CRNAs must be knowledgeable about the business of anesthesia as well. As a facility administrator, you should be able to trust that your…

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How Medical Direction Impacts Anesthesiologist and CRNA Reimbursement

By CCI Anesthesia

Medical direction is a billing term from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) which pertains to an anesthesiologist directing the delivery of anesthesia care from up to four CRNAs. These CRNAs can provide anesthesia care for four different cases concurrently; however, the anesthesiologist must meet seven billing requirements in order for medical direction…

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Tips for Recruiting Anesthesia Providers

By CCI Anesthesia

During the current shortage of anesthesia providers in which we are living, recruitment has quickly become a top priority and important focus of anesthesia departments all over the world. This shortage is largely due to the exodus of anesthesiologists and CRNAs from the baby boomer generation into retirement, but the rising costs of education and…

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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic – Opioid Free Anesthesia

By CCI Anesthesia

Many opioid addicts trace the beginning of their addiction back to a hospital stay when they received opioids as an analgesic modality. With the opioid epidemic ravaging today’s world, it makes sense for anesthesia providers to consider anesthetic alternatives that lead to reduced or eliminated opioid usage. According to Mayo Clinic, as many as two…

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Improving Anesthesia Information Management

By CCI Anesthesia

The delivery of anesthesia care is both an art and science. It takes skill, extreme attention to detail and compassion to provide this specific type of care to patients every day. Since the practice of anesthesia necessitates a hands-on approach, the information management aspect of it that happens behind the scenes is rarely thought of…

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Stress & Preventing Medical Burnout Among Anesthesia Providers

By CCI Anesthesia

Medical burnout is a serious issue that takes a toll on many frontline healthcare workers, including anesthesia providers. Anesthesiologists and CRNAs often work long hours while providing highly skilled acute care to patients. Their jobs are stressful, requiring constant and immense attention to detail. With patients becoming sicker than ever before, documentation expectations rapidly evolving…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: Controlled Substance Management

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D. Controlled substance management has always been a challenge for an anesthesia practice. Turnover is rapid by demand, and occasionally documentation of controlled substance use does not receive the priority that is required.  The consequences of inaccurate documentation can be devastating. The result of poor documentation can be accusations of diversion,…

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CCI Institute for Excellence: NPSG Requirements for Labeling of Syringes

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D.

By Stephen M. Dorman, M.D. The requirement for the labeling of syringes became part of Joint Commission surveys as one of the National Patient Safety Goals 3. The reason for this NPSG is related to the number of avoidable events that have harmed patients. One recent case involved CRNA #1 preparing medication for CRNA #2.…

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