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General anesthesia linked to language problems in children
Anesthesiology News
Surgery with general anesthesia in young children may well lead to diminished language abilities and cognition, not to mention long-term regional volumetric alterations in brain structure, recent research suggests. Whether these findings are due to the anesthesia or some other mitigating factor, however, remains to be determined in a prospective trial.
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Florida's next speaker says no to Medicaid
Health News Florida
State Rep. Steve Crisafulli, in line to become Florida House Speaker in 2014, says he will do the same thing that current Speaker Will Weatherford did: block Medicaid expansion. And just like Weatherford, Crisafulli says he will refuse to accept the federal funds that have been earmarked for Florida over the next decade.
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Cash pay surgery centers: A trend for the future?
Becker's ASC Review
Manhattan-based Regency Healthcare recently launched a program for cash-based orthopedic and spine surgical services with rates substantially lower than hospital and insurance-based programs. It will offer knee, shoulder, elbow, hand, foot, ankle and spinal procedures as global fees for all patients seeking cash-based surgical services. Anesthesia is included in the patients' global payments, although the group treats anesthesiologists as independent contractors.
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Pennsylvania House passes anesthesia law to require physician supervision
Times Online
The state House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would require a physician to supervise other personnel administering anesthesia during medical procedures. For the last three decades, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has required physician supervision over the administration of anesthesia, but House Bill 1603, sponsored by state Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) would make the regulation part of the law under the Medical Practice Act.
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Older patients likely overdosed with inhaled anesthetics
Anesthesiology News
Anesthesiologists may be giving older patients significantly more volatile anesthetic during surgery than they require, new studies in both animals and people indicate. In one study, increasing age was associated with higher levels of delivered volatile anesthetics than the expected adjustment for age of minimum alveolar concentration.
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