2018 QPP performance results released

CMS has released data outlining preliminary, high-level results of participation data in the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP). A key takeaway from 2018 performance is that a higher percentage of participants in MIPS avoided a negative adjustment compared to 2017 performance (almost 98% versus 93%). Additional details of 2018 QPP participation include:

First year of MIPS payment adjustments

The start of 2019 marks the first time clinicians and practices that participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will receive a payment adjustment based on 2017 performance. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that 93% of 2017 MIPS participants will receive a positive payment adjustment of up to 1.88% this year.

New Guidance Outlines Recommendations for Infection Control in Anesthesiology

Infection prevention policies in operating rooms are inconsistent, report shows

Arlington, Va. (December 11, 2018) — The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America has issued a new expert guidance on how hospitals and healthcare providers may reduce infections associated with anesthesiology procedures and equipment in the operating room. The Guidance, published in SHEA’s journal, Infection Control & Healthcare Epidemiology, recommends steps to improve infection prevention through increased hand hygiene, environmental disinfection, and continuous improvement plans.

Anesthesia Conversion Factor (CF) rose 0.27 percent to $22.27 from $22.19 in 2018

The national anesthesia conversion factor (CF) rose 0.27 percent to $22.27 from $22.19 in 2018

An Opportunity for Anesthesia to Lead

The severe shortage of sodium chloride 0.9% IV bags and other saline bags due in large part to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on pharmaceutical plants in Puerto Rico offers one of the more unsettling recent examples.  (The commonwealth manufactures more pharmaceuticals for the United States than any of the 50 states or any foreign country.)

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