4 Great Apps for Anesthesiologists

apps for anesthesiologists

You may not think about anesthesiologists needing or using smartphone apps for their practice, but there are several out there that are worth checking out. Always do your homework, of course, and make sure that these apps fit your needs and work accurately before using them; we make no claims that these apps are flawless or are a good fit for your practice.

That said, they could be helpful to you or your staff. Read on!

Graphium MACRA

With MACRA’s implementation in 2017, anything that makes the process easier is worth its weight in gold. This app allows you to capture necessary measures and report your MACRA requirements. By tracking far more than just quality, you’ll have an unprecedented view into operational excellence. Learn more at macraready.com.

AnestAssist PK/PD

Apple Store description: “AnestAssist PK/PD is an educational tool used for understanding and visualizing the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and interactions of commonly used anesthetic drugs.”

This app could be a great tool for anesthesiologists, CRNAs, veterinarians, and anyone else involved with anesthesia. Whether you’re a resident or you’ve got 25 years of experience under your belt, you can benefit from this app’s real-time case capture, modeled interactions, and more.

Released in 2009 and updated in November 2014, this app is available in the app store for $19.99 and can be used on an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

Anesthesia

Apple Store description: “The Anesthesia application provides access to Mobile Medical Media’s suite of 11 ultrasound guided regional anesthesia video tutorials on your iPhone or iPod Touch.”

Whether you need a quick refresher or you’re looking for a deeper understanding of a concept, this app has the tutorials you’re looking for. Great for students, too. It’s available in the app store for $59.99 and can be used on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Anesthesia Central

Apple Store description: “Anesthesia Central is a must-have resource for every anesthesiologist, critical care specialist, nurse anesthetist, and trainee. Consult the automatically updating collection of disease, drug, test, and procedure information for treating patients before, during, and after surgery. Download to your mobile device and use the quick-read format to find answers fast or search for journal articles and citations in the full PubMed database – anytime, anywhere.”

With five comprehensive resources included, Anesthesia Central offers a free preview so you can try before you buy. Find it in the app store for free, then purchase for $99.99 after one year to continue receiving updates.  

At MBM, Apps for Anesthesiologists Are Just the Beginning

Our goal is to help anesthesiologists focus on their patients – not on paperwork, coding, or claims. The above apps could help to streamline your practice, and so could letting us handle all your billing and coding. Contact us today for more information on how we can remove these burdens and help your practice thrive!

5 Ways to Get Involved for Patient Safety Awareness Week

patient safety awareness week

Every year, the United in Patient Safety campaign comes to a close with Patient Safety Awareness Week. This year, March 12-18 is the observed week for dedicating time and energy to increasing awareness for patient safety. In order to further this cause, the National Patient Safety Foundation brings health professionals and patients together to spread the message about the importance of patient safety.

Read on for ways to get involved!

#1: Wear a Patient Gown to Work

One of the most visually obvious ways that health care professionals are encouraged to observe this week is by wearing a hospital gown on the job. President and CEO of NPSF, Tejal K. Ghandi, MD, MPH, CPPS, says, “We are all patients, after all. We want leaders to demonstrate a commitment to listen to the patient’s voice and strive for patient safety and the reduction of harm.”

#2: Use Social Media to its Fullest Potential

If your practice has a Facebook page, a Twitter account, an Instagram account, or a Snapchat account, be sure to post pictures of your staff in their patient gowns and explain that you are observing Patient Safety Awareness Week! Not sure what to say in your post? Try these helpful pre-written samples.

#3: Take Advantage of Campaign Materials

There are lots of materials for the campaign available for download online. You can also order items specifically for Patient Safety Awareness Week.

#4: Register on the Campaign Website

To make sure your practice stays in the loop for all campaign activities, take a moment to register here.

#5: Discuss Issues with Other Professionals

One interactive way to engage the purpose of this week is by discussing patient safety issues with other health care professionals. Through this discussion forum, you can take part in conversation surrounding health care issues, share your own experiences, and learn from the expertise of others. Join the discussion here.

Make Patient Safety Awareness Week a Success!

At Medical Business Management, we’re passionate about the wellbeing of patients and health care professionals alike. That’s why we offer services meant to relieve stress and encourage more efficient productivity. Ready to talk to us about how we can help your practice reach its full potential? Contact us today!

The Everyday Life of a CRNA

CRNA

CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) are a foundational element to the entire anesthesiology industry. But many people don’t know what the everyday life of a CRNA is like. Today, we’d like to take you behind the scenes and show you what these amazing professionals do every day – and how they strive to serve their patients to the best of their ability.

What Does a CRNA Do?

For CRNAs, the number one priority every day is to give patients safe access to anesthesia care. As you can imagine, this comes with a great amount of responsibility and accountability. Many patients are nervous about their upcoming procedure, and it is the CRNA who connects with these patients upon arrival and sets the tone for the entire experience. Seemingly small things, like offering a warm blanket to the patient, can go a long way in helping them feel calm.

Additionally, a CRNA makes sure that the patient is informed about the details of the procedure before it happens. They answer questions and reassure the patient that they will be present from start to finish. The CRNA monitors vital signs during the procedure, and makes adjustments to anesthesia accordingly.

What Are the Biggest Challenges for CRNAs?

Many of a CRNA’s struggles can be traced back to the health care industry itself. With ever-changing policies, patient care is often determined by a governing body who has no connection to the patient as opposed to the health care provider who is personally assessing the patient. Because of this, many CRNAs are not able to do what they truly believe should be done, and must instead stick to a one-size-fits-all policy.

What Are the Biggest Rewards for CRNAs?

The greatest rewards for a CRNA are usually intangible. Connecting with a Veteran and hearing stories from their time in service can be quite emotional, as well as being in the room when a baby is born.

The truth is that CRNAs are incredible people. They love to connect with patients, they take their jobs very seriously, and they strive to provide the very best health care possible. If you know a CRNA, thank them today – and if you are a CRNA, thank you!

Medical Business Management Supports CRNAs

Looking for a billings solution for your anesthesiology practice or independent CRNA group? Look no further than the solutions we offer. Contact us today for more information!

The Proliferation of Anesthesia Management Companies

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The past decade has brought about a great expansion of the market share of anesthesia services by anesthesia management companies (AMCs). But what does this mean, and what are the pros and cons? Read on to find out with Medical Business Management.

What Do Anesthesia Management Companies Do?

AMCs take advantage of their large networks to get higher rates from commercial insurance providers. Then, they utilize their control over the market to lower employee compensation costs. They are buying private practices across the United States at a rapid pace, and they are owned by investors who are motivated by profit.

What Do Proponents of AMCs Say?

Those who support AMCs suggest that there is a decrease of costs of benefits based on the economy of scale. They also say that the negotiation of higher commercial insurance rates causes a decrease in the cost of subsidies paid for by hospitals.

Are these suggestions wrong? No, but the same results can be achieved via other methods. For example, superior employment cost savings can be realized by following CRNA-only and collaborative models, and eliminating providers with high costs and low revenue.

What Do Opponents of AMCs Say?

On the other hand, those who oppose AMCs providers will work harder for less money if a third-party entity (which demands revenue and increased profitability each quarter) is added. Another consideration is that AMCs often have their own way of doing things, which doesn’t always take into account a facility’s unique needs.

But possibly the greatest negative here is that there is no incentive to go above and beyond the standard requirements. If a provider is paid a flat hourly rate or a salary, with no incentives or ownership, then they will likely stop working when their shift is over. That means no staying late for extra cases, which is normal in a fee-for-service setup because each case adds more income. It also means no concern for turnover, because more cases just mean more work, but no more money.

In fact, the incentive is to work less… not more. Pay is the same, so why work harder when there’s no payoff to doing so?

Medical Business Management Is Here for Your Practice

Whether you need help with pain management billing or claim coding, MBM is here to help you keep your focus where it belongs – on your patients. Contact us today to find out how we can decrease the stress of running your practice!

The Importance of Full Practice Authority

full practice authority

For Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), full practice authority is one of the most important issues when it comes to job satisfaction. According to evidence dating back to 2000, CRNAs have provided high quality, cost efficient, safe anesthesia care equal to that of anesthesiologists. But there’s a new rule on the horizon related to Veterans Administration APRNs, including CRNAs. What is this rule, and what does it mean for CRNAs?

The Promise of Full Practice Authority

Recently, a rule was proposed that would utilize all VA APRNs, including CRNAs, to their full practice authority. The purpose of this rule is to expand veteran access care, reducing the outrageous (and dangerous) wait times that many of our veterans are dealing with. All APRNs would be able to work to the full extent of their training, education, certification, and licensure, which is what they already do in all branches of the U.S. military and most states, plus Indian Health Services.

Response from the Medical Field

Reactions to the proposed rule have been mixed. The Institute of Medicine and the RAND corporation have both recommended this removal of obstacles between APRNs and full practice authority; however, even though the issue seems logical and is obviously needed, it has encountered resistance from other sectors of organized medicine.

One group that countered the proposed rule was the American Society of Anesthesiologists, but no evidence-based reasoning has been produced by any physician group for their opposition.

MBM Is Always Updated on New Rules

When it comes to understanding everything that’s coming down the pipe for 2017 (and boy, is it a lot), we make it a point to stay up-to-date on every new proposed rule and regulation. If you’re looking for a medical billing company who can handle your claims and coding, plus keep you afoot of the latest trends, laws, and policy changes, contact Medical Business Management. We’ll handle the paperwork so you can focus on your patients.

The Importance of Patient Assessments Before Anesthesia

patient assessment before anesthesia

It’s a more common issue than we realize: medical professionals are sometimes asked to provide anesthesia for a patient without any knowledge of that patient’s medical history or current physical condition.

A thorough evaluation of the patient’s health history, current physical condition, and psychological state before administering anesthesia is a necessity. This has always been a requirement, but it’s especially vital to perform these assessments before each appointment when the patient is scheduled to receive anesthesia so that the agent and dose can be properly determined, as well as the techniques that should be used.

Yes, local anesthetics are generally safe when given in therapeutic doses. But that doesn’t make these evaluations any less important.

Updated Health History Forms

Usually, a patient is asked to complete a comprehensive health history form prior to treatment at any clinic. The medical professional who will be administering anesthesia should have a full understanding of this form so that he or she can make an appropriate plan for care.

These forms should be updated regularly to reflect any current medical concerns going on in the surrounding areas (or the world in general), but there is no legal requirement that a patient should fill out a brand new form with each visit. An update is sufficient, as long as the patient is asked about the following things at each appointment:

  •      Changes in overall health
  •      Conditions they are currently being treated for
  •      Current drugs, medications, or over-the-counter products they are using

Physical Evaluations

Health history forms are largely subject to the patient’s level of awareness and honesty, which means that something can easily be left out, either accidentally or on purpose. This kind of information deficit has the potential to cause major problems when it comes to anesthesia, so it’s essential to conduct a physical assessment in order to evaluate the patient’s vital signs.

These vital signs can identify conditions that may require a change in treatment. They can also give baseline values that might be needed by the medical professional during treatment or if an emergency arises.

Vital signs that should be taken before anesthesia include:

  •      Blood pressure
  •      Pulse
  •      Respiration
  •      Weight

Ensure that Your Practice Can Focus on Patients

Your patients deserve your full attention. So what happens if you’re worried about something else, like accounts receivable or your revenue cycle? You need to call in an outside expert to manage these things for you.

That’s where we come in. If you need help with anesthesia billing, don’t waste any more time worrying about it. Contact us today!

4 Great Apps for Anesthesiologists

You may not think about anesthesiologists needing or using smartphone apps for their practice, but there are several out there that are worth checking out. Always do your homework, of course, and make sure that these apps fit your needs and work accurately before using them; we make no claims that these apps are flawless […]

The Everyday Life of a CRNA

CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) are a foundational element to the entire anesthesiology industry. But many people don’t know what the everyday life of a CRNA is like. Today, we’d like to take you behind the scenes and show you what these amazing professionals do every day – and how they strive to serve their […]

The Importance of Full Practice Authority

For Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), full practice authority is one of the most important issues when it comes to job satisfaction. According to evidence dating back to 2000, CRNAs have provided high quality, cost efficient, safe anesthesia care equal to that of anesthesiologists. But there’s a new rule on the horizon related to Veterans […]

The Importance of Patient Assessments Before Anesthesia

It’s a more common issue than we realize: medical professionals are sometimes asked to provide anesthesia for a patient without any knowledge of that patient’s medical history or current physical condition. A thorough evaluation of the patient’s health history, current physical condition, and psychological state before administering anesthesia is a necessity. This has always been […]