Thursday, June 3, 2010

CMS Anesthesia Guidelines Revised

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have revised the interpretive guidelines for anesthesia delivered in hospitals. The changes focus on the differences between anesthesia and analgesia services, where the patient does not lose consciousness.

The memo released by CMS provides hospitals with information on what practitioners may provide anesthesia services, what hospital policies should include regarding who is allowed to administer these services, guidelines on the supervision of anesthesiology assistants, and a list of information that must be included in a patient's anesthesia record.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists has provided the following summary of the changes:

To read the CMS memo, click here:

Source: Health Leaders Media

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