Archive | July 2015

Physician Anesthesiologists Gain New Reporting Measures

With more than a decade of experience in anesthesiology and pain management, Dr. Brian Klagges currently serves as an anesthesiologist and department director at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. Dr. Brian Klagges, who earned his MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, also stays at the forefront of his field by maintaining membership with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

In a recent press release, the ASA announced that physician anesthesiologists are now able to select from 36 reporting measures when they contribute to the ASA’s Qualified Clinical Data Registry. The ASA reported that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sanctioned 18 new Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and non-PQRS measures that ASA and its partner organization the Anesthesia Quality Institute developed together.

According to ASA’s president, the new measures, which allow physician anesthesiologists to provide information on areas that are important to the practice and the patient, are especially relevant in a system shifting toward quality-based payment. Physician anesthesiologists can now report on a wide range of measures, including timely delivery of antibiotics, patient temperature management, and patient follow-up.

HydroCision’s Percutaneous HydroDiscectomy System

Dr. Brian Klagges currently serves as an anesthesiologist, pain interventionalist, and department director at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. In addition to his work at the hospital, Dr. Brian Klagges was the first physician in New Hampshire to perform percutaneous hydrodiscectomy as a consultant for HydroCision, a medical device company that develops technologies like the Percutaneous HydroDiscectomy System.

Hydrodiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that treats leg and back pain by eliminating herniated disc tissue and releasing nerve pressure with a high-power water stream. To facilitate a safe and accurate procedure, HydroCision’s Percutaneous HydroDiscectomy System utilizes fluidjet technology to both cut and aspirate the nucleus at the same time. The high-velocity fluidjet stream cleanly removes tissue, yields no thermal damage, and reduces the possibility of annular puncture with a depth stopper and rounded tip.

For enhanced precision, the Percutaneous HydroDiscectomy System includes the carefully designed HydroDiscectomy Access Set, which ensures accurate nucleus placement. The system’s SpineJet MicroResector also works to remove consistent volumes of nucleus for predictable precision regardless of age or type.