SDW news brief: CMS issues new anesthesia guidelines

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, April 16, 2010

A recent round of edits to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) interpretive guidelines has caught the attention of experts in the field for its focus on anesthesia guidelines.

Any hospital that accepts Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement must follow these interpretive guidelines, explains Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD, director of hospital risk management for The Doctor's Company, in Columbus, OH.

The final memo was 17 pages long and completely rewrites the CMS anesthesia section standards. Every anesthesiologist, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), or anesthesiology assistant that practices in a hospital, including surgery, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), outpatient department, and obstetrics, should be aware of these new guidelines along with all Prospective Payment System hospitals.

To read more about what the guidelines include, click here.

Source: HealthLeaders Media

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