The ‘Perioperativists’ Are Coming!
A fascinating trend in medicine that has developed during the past decade or two is the expansion of certain specialties and the creation of diverse kinds of specialists in order to fill needs abandoned by other groups of physicians.
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National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is currently looking to reach anesthesiologists in Virginia and relay the importance of substance abuse training. NIDA recognizes that anesthesiologists often serve as pain management prescribers to patients and can help recognize early signs of addiction. NIDA worked with Medscape Education to develop two free, interactive, online CME activities.
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Accountable Care Organizations
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) seeks to improve the quality of health care services and to lower health care costs by encouraging providers to create integrated health care delivery systems. One delivery system reform is the Medicare Shared Savings Program under section 3022 of PPACA which promotes the formation and operation of accountable care organizations (ACOs). The establishment of ACOs is just one of many delivery system reforms that are part of PPACA.