Richard E. Haas, PhD, CRNA, PHRN Aesop’s fables are not as well-known as they once were, so some of you may not have heard this story before. A cat and a fox were chatting in the forest. The fox was boasting of all the clever ways he learned to evade pursuing dogs, while the cat [...]
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William Caughey, Financial Advisor We’re getting closer to April 15: Tax Filing Day. And while there may not be much you can do to change your results for the 2014 tax year, you can certainly look closely at your tax returns to find areas you might be able to improve next year — and one such [...]
Paul Liszewski, CRNA, DNP I hadn’t attended the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Annual Congress for more than 10 years. Back then it was called the AANA National meeting and I was a relatively new CRNA, wide-eyed and happy to be in Orlando for a week. This time around, I went as a presenter in the New [...]
Dealing with Denials In the ideal world, all claims for medical services would be paid without question. But we work in a less than ideal world, and claim denials are a part of our daily work. Handling those denials effectively is our highest priority. Success with those denials is contingent on the situation and the [...]
Richard E. Haas, PhD, CRNA, PHRN Simulation has become more frequently used in the education of student nurse anesthetists, as well as the education of other health professionals. Though no longer in its infancy, the use of simulation as part of clinical education is still widely misunderstood, particularly by those who either a) have not [...]
Richard E. Haas, PhD, CRNA, PHRN Twenty years of teaching student nurse anesthetists In June of 2015, I will celebrate my twentieth year of helping to chart the future of our profession by educating nurse anesthetists. This has not been a solitary pursuit. Without the talents and willingness of nearly hundreds of my CRNA colleagues, [...]
Paul Liszewski, CRNA, DNP Sitting on a beach chair along a shore in Orlando is a smile inducing image, but positioning a patient in the beach chair position in the operating room does not prompt the same happy feelings. In this blog I would like to start a discussion on the beach chair position and [...]
As an investor, you’re well aware that, over the short term, the financial markets always move up and down. During your working years, you may feel that you have time to overcome this volatility. And you’d be basing these feelings on actual evidence: the longer the investment period, the greater the tendency of the markets [...]
About the Author Drew Cruse is the CFO and Chief Financial Officer of Allegheny Anesthetists. Drew is married with three children and three grandchildren. In his off hours, he enjoys reading and spending time with his growing family. I would like to discuss a topic that is on everyone’s mind: OBAMA CARE! The Internal Revenue [...]
Paul Liszewski, CRNA, DNP A few months ago, Highmark Blue Shield (of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia) decided to limit the use of MAC with propofol for patients undergoing GI endoscopy, bronchoscopy and interventional pain procedures to those who qualify from a specific list of risk factors or significant medical conditions. This decision prompted a [...]