News and Views

November 14, 2017
Anesthesiology News
Edward R. Mariano, MD, MAS

With growing concern regarding the opioid epidemic in the United States, Dr. Edward Mariano, Chief of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine outlines a series of strategies for success for hospitals in starting an acute pain medicine program. Initiating an acute pain medicine program can add significant value to a hospital through improved post-operative pain control, faster recovery, decreased side effects, and higher patient satisfaction. Dr. Mariano’s recently published article in a special edition of Anesthesiology News directs hospitals on how to start a Perioperative Surgical Home model, including the use of ultrasound guidance when performing regional anesthesia techniques, and be successful. Read this article to learn more and watch the associated video:

Becker's Hospital CFO Report

Rich Fabian, Chief Operation Officer, Fujifilm SonoSite

 

With healthcare providers becoming more concerned about the cost of providing services to their patients, the purchasing decision regarding imaging equipment, including new or replacement ultrasound systems, needs to include an analysis of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over the lifetime of that imaging equipment.  Rich Fabian, Chief Operating Officer, FUJIFILM SonoSite, shares a roadmap for those making purchasing decisions regarding what are the soft-costs that need to be taken into account when evaluating the TCO of a new piece of imaging equipment.

 

Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality

Judy Padula, MSN, RN and Matthew Ostroff, ARNP

With hospitals continuing to be measured on patient safety related criteria such as number of central-line associated blood stream infections, it is important for hospital leadership to be ready to implement programs with nurse lead ultrasound-guided vascular access teams. Vice President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson, NJ, Judy Padula, MSN, RN and Matthew Ostroff, ARNP, Vascular Access Specialist, share their experiences implementing a system-wide ultrasound guided vascular access program offering the 4 secrets to its success – with success being increased patient satisfaction and cost savings.

 

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) announced the commencement of a Phase I clinical trial of its anti-cancer drug FF-10101 in the Unites States in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

HealthCare Business News

Jill Rathbun, Managing Partner at Galileo Consulting Group, Arlington, VA

With the future of the Affordable Care Act in flux, this may be a time for healthcare providers to evaluate their practices and see how they provide more for their patients and communities. By expanding service offerings, healthcare providers can attract more patients and elevate their patient's level of satisfaction. Read this article to find out how 2017 may be the year for expansion of ultrasound-guided surgical procedures using ultrasound guided breast biopsies as an example.
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

Matthew Ostroff, ARNP

The American College of Emergency Physicians issued a policy statement in 2016 advocating a new safety standard for vascular access through the use of ultrasound guidance. St. Joseph's Healthcare System, in Paterson, N.J., launched a program that has yielded significant safety and quality of care improvements for all patients requiring vascular access. This article describes how St. Joseph's cut healthcare costs and improved patient outcomes by achieving the "one-stick standard".
Becker's Hospital Review

Jill Rathbun, Managing Partner at Galileo Consulting Group, Arlington, VA

Since the election there have been many articles written discussing the future of the Affordable Care Act under a President-Elect Trump Administration and a Republican Congress. It is important that physicians and office administrators understand the real impact by reading this article.
Becker's Hospital Review

Russ Horowitz, MD, RDMS

Ultrasound is an important tool for rapid assessment of trauma patients, CVC and regional nerve block placement, facilitating difficult PIV access, and assessing cardiac function during resuscitations. In this article, Russ Horowitz, MD, RDMS, discusses six strategies to help implement ultrasound at the bedside in pediatric emergency medicine.
Becker's Hospital CFO

Jill Rathbun, Managing Partner at Galileo Consulting Group, Arlington, VA

In this informative article for Becker's CFO, Jill Rathbun covers the newly implemented CMS Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement payment model. While the program began April 1, 2016, many of the hospitals were not, and are still not, prepared to participate. Read more to understand the basics of the model and how to be successful.
HealthCare Business News

Jill Rathbun, Managing Partner at Galileo Consulting Group, Arlington, VA

In this View from the Hill article for DOTmed News, Jill Rathbun discusses the Fiscal Year 2017 Proposed Inpatient Hospital Rule and how imaging, in particular ultrasound, can play an important role in achieving fewer complications and higher quality of care scores in CMS payment programs.