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Published: April 3, 2018

  • Anesthesiologists take grievances to airwaves Dramatic TV and radio commercials are putting Atrium Health, a North Carolina based hospital system, on the offensive after they decided not to renew an over 3-decade contract with Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants. The anesthesiology firm claims the new anesthesia model will rely more on CRNAs and puts patients at risk. The owner of Scope Anesthesia of North Carolina says the ratio of physicians to nurse anesthetists won't change when they take over the contract on July 1.
  • Warm up before surgery Surgeons perform safer and faster surgeries after they've had a chance to limber up, according to a study published in the British Journal of Surgery, which suggests surgeons schedule simpler cases in the morning and warm up to more complex procedures later in the day. The researchers next want to determine if making warm-up routines for surgeons standard practice is feasible and practical.
  • California sues Sutter Health for anti-trust violations Last week the state of California filed an antitrust action against Sutter Health, accusing the conglomerate of anticompetitive practices that are driving up healthcare costs in Northern California. Sutter Health operates 24 acute care hospitals, 9 cancer centers, 6 specialty care centers, 9 physician groups and 31 ambulatory surgery centers in Northern California. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra noted in a statement that healthcare costs were 30 percent higher in Northern than Southern California. In response, while arguing that generally Sutter Health charges less than other Northern California health providers, Karen Garner, a Sutter Health spokesperson said in a statement to Outpatient Surgery "We are currently reviewing the complaint, so we cannot comment on specifics.
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