| Current Louisiana Medical News|
|Baton Rouge Hospitals Top Inpatient Satisfaction List|
Appointing consumers to patient satisfaction teams… Making sure the food is hot when it gets to a patient’s room… Taking the mystery out of knee replacement surgery with pre-op visits and educational materials.
|Physician Profiling Efforts Continue|
Sometime in the not so distant future, the federal government will try to cut Medicare costs by profiling physician resource use and providing feedback to change the way some doctors practice medicine.
For now, the profiling method remains undetermined.
| PATIENT CARE MODELS FOCUS|
|Louisiana Youngsters Lagging Behind in Physical Activity|
New Program Targets Obese Teens and Adults
Louisiana ranks seventh highest in the U.S. for overweight and obese youths ages 10 to 17. Over the last 20 years, obesity rates in teens have tripled nationwide, with the highest percentage living in the South – Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Louisiana. In adults, Louisiana ranks eighth in obesity nationwide.
| HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOCUS|
|Marketing a Specialty Practice to Other Docs|
A Practice's "Lifeblood," One Expert Says
"Your most important asset." That's what one healthcare marketing expert called a specialty physician's referral base, and he said way too many specialists are failing to nurture the relationship between their practice and the doctors who send them business.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
The Commission on Streamlining Government has been meeting weekly since late summer and during a mid-November meeting, the Commission held a hearing relative to reopening Charity Hospital in New Orleans. In specific, the Commission considered Resolution AGEB #17 in favor of rebuilding the existing Charity Hospital building.
|Red Flag Rules: Does a Medical Practice Need Protection?|
Once again, the Federal Trade has postponed implementation of the Red Flag Rules. As a reminder, back in November 2007, the FTC issued a set of regulations requiring organizations to have in place “reasonable policies and procedures” to identify, detect and respond to identity theft. Much discussion has surrounded whether medical practices were subject to the proposed rules in an attempt to clarify whether physicians are deemed “creditors.” The American Medical Association questioned the FTC about applicability to medical practices and as a result, the FTC delayed implementation until June 2010.
David Williams and Ken Bonin
|Dr. Uyen B. Chu, FACS|
Louisiana has the eighth highest rate of obesity in the nation. Seeing a need for weight loss surgeons in the state, general and bariatric surgeon Dr. Uyen B. Chu decided to set up her practice in South Louisiana. Since moving to Lafayette in 2001, Chu made her mark by being one of the first general surgeons in Acadiana to be trained in laparoscopic surgery on the colon, stomach, esophagus, spleen, pancreas, and adrenal gland, with a specialty in bariatric surgery. In 2005, she was designated a Center of Excellence surgeon by the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons.