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FANA Annual Meeting – Oct. 11-13
Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort, Walt Disney World
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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival takes place every fall at Epcot. This year, the festival runs Sept. 27 through Nov. 10. The festival features more than 25 international marketplace kiosks, which will offer tapas-sized portions of regional specialties as well as recommended wine and beer pairings. Another event highlight is the Eat to the Beat! Concert Series, which will feature internationally acclaimed artists. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is included with regular theme park admission tickets.
To register for the FANA conference, go to www.fana.org.
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Proposed VA nursing rule riles anesthesiologists
The American Society of Anesthesiologists slammed a draft of a new Veterans Health Administration nursing handbook that calls for advance practice nurse anesthetists within the system to attain independent status and function without the support, oversight or supervision of a physician.
ICD-10 changeover poses risks and rewards for anesthesiologists
Mastering the ICD-10 coding transition to optimize reimbursement for anesthesia services will take an effort, but it can pay off in terms of higher practice revenue, less paperwork and greater overall clinical efficiency, experts said.
Although full implementation of the new International Classification of Diseases system is planned for October 2014, a lot needs to happen before then, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Silly surgery photo leads to privacy lawsuit
Outpatient Surgery News
An anesthesiologist put stickers on a patient who was under anesthesia, and a photo was taken. You can guess what happened next. "I thought she would think this is funny and she would appreciate it," Dr. Patrick Yang said in his deposition about the 2011 incident. Evidently, the patient didn't much appreciate it.
When settled isn't settled: An anesthesiologist's guide to medical history
Over the past few centuries, the practice of medicine in general and anesthesiology in particular has changed dramatically. Unlike theoretical physics, discoveries in our field are put to immediate practical use. Most of them reflect the less unique processes of normal science, but some are true paradigm shifts changing how we look at and practice our specialty.
Nurse practitioners try new tack to expand foothold in primary care
Kaiser Health News and The Philadelphia Inquirer
After years of fighting doctors in state legislative battles to expand their authority, nurse practitioners are taking a new tack: asking the Obama administration to require insurers to include them in the plans offered to consumers in new online marketplaces, which open for enrollment Oct. 1.
Telemedicine: The next big thing?
Health News Florida
Florida lawmakers say they have to expand access to doctors now that millions of uninsured people in the state are set to gain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. One tool they may encourage is telemedicine.
Is the healthcare market competitive?
By Mike Wokasch
Consumers benefit from competition that provides incentives for continuous product improvements and encourages a higher level of service performance. More importantly, competition can help keep prices in check. Competitive markets exist when consumers have multiple purchasing options and choices with transparent pricing. The healthcare market has constrained competition, providing a platform for mediocre quality of care and unsustainable, rising healthcare costs.
NPs offer a bright spot as primary care practices combat rising costs
In today's ever-changing healthcare landscape, skilled NPs will continue to be part of the solution to many care and cost challenges. This is especially true when it comes to small primary care practices, where the addition of just one highly skilled nurse practitioner can greatly increase efficiency, income and even patient satisfaction, providing a buffer for rising operating costs and potentially making what may have been an uncertain future a bit brighter.
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