LATEST CSA NEWS

Anthem gets flak for anesthesia coverage policy

Doctors in California are raising the alarm over a recent policy change from Anthem that they say could harm patients undergoing cataract surgery. The policy categorizes monitored anesthesia care as “not medically necessary” during routine cataract surgery, according to the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the California Society of Anesthesiologists and the California Medical Association.

Botox injections may relieve migraine pain in children, adolescents

Kids and teens receiving Botox injections every 12 weeks over a five-year period had improvements in their frequency, duration and intensity of migraines. The participants in the study were between the ages of 8 and 17 with chronic migraines — defined as 15 migraines per month or having experienced migraines eight to 30 days a month.

Opioids Often Not the Answer to Post-Surgery Pain, Discomfort, Note Physician Anesthesiologists

It’s best to limit opioids or avoid them altogether, opting for alternatives to manage pain and discomfort, recommends the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

Strange Daze Podcast

Strange Daze is a bi-weekly podcast from the creators of Straight Talk MD, hosted by anesthesiologist Frank Sweeny. Each episode fuses narrative storytelling with science as our host examines a real case of a surgery or a procedure that went terribly wrong and dissects out why.

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What is this pain in the back of my head?

Learn about five causes of pain in the back of the head. We also look at the triggers and treatment options for each of these headache types.

Why do I have pain in my upper thigh?

Learn about different causes of upper thigh pain, from injuries to nerve problems. We look at the associated symptoms and treatment options.

How long will pain last after root canal?

A look at pain after a root canal, a common complaint that can last for some time. Included is detail on when to get help and managing root canal pain.

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