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State Wellness Program Swells

A state program designed to encourage healthy behaviors has grown from one WellSpot to more than five dozen in just six months. ...Read More

 



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State Wellness Program Swells | Well-Ahead Louisiana, WellSpot, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Milken Institute, wellness
State Wellness Program Swells

A state program designed to encourage healthy behaviors has grown from one WellSpot to more than five dozen in just six months.


 
Hospitals Scramble to Ensure Ebola Training, Equipment in Place | Ebola, Personal Protective Equipment, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Centers for Disease Control, pandemic
Hospitals Scramble to Ensure Ebola Training, Equipment in Place

The potential threat of Ebola sent Louisiana health officials and hospitals rushing to make sure staff and healthcare providers have the proper training and equipment to deal with the latest infection control protocols.


 
AMA’s Telemedicine Push | American Medical Association, AMA, telemedicine resolution, Dr. Robert Wah, Institute of Medicine, IOM, “Telemedicine: A Guide to Assessing Telecommunications for Health Care,” Dr. Charles F. Willson, Council on Medical Service.
AMA’s Telemedicine Push

Evolution improves health outcomes, accelerates medical education change, and enhances physician satisfaction and practice sustainability

In June, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution addressing telemedicine as a key innovation in support of healthcare delivery reform.


 
PHARMACEUTICALS FOCUS

Urgent & Emergent

Getting new treatments through the FDA pipeline

On average, it takes 12 years and more than $500 million … sometimes significantly more … to move a new drug from bench to bedside in the United States.


 
FINANCIAL PLANNING FOCUS

Tax Time: Getting Your Financial House in Order | Income Tax, 2014 Tax Rules, Tax Extenders, 179 Depreciation, HORNE LLP, Tony Jones, Tax Accountant
Tax Time: Getting Your Financial House in Order

After the sticker shock that accompanied last year’s tax code regulations, many will be happy that 2014 is going out on a quieter note.


 
Guest Writers

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Notes from the Louisiana Health Care Commission November Meeting

Chairman Donna Fraiche called the meeting to order on November 7. She welcomed the newest member of the council Diana Davison from Roy O. Martin Lumber Company headquartered in Alexandria.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Yvens Laborde
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Yvens Laborde

His Brothers’ Keepers

It’s been almost five years since the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010, killing over 250,000, injuring over 300,000 and displacing over 1.5 million people.


 
In The News

December 2014
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 



Barriers to More Healthcare Reform Are Numerous

Fear and apathy are among the biggest stumbling blocks to universal healthcare in the US, especially in a single payer system, according to experts. From MedPage Today.

Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 7:00 am CST

Medicare Payment Reforms Spark Calls for Sweeter Incentives

Expect a lot of lobbying by hospital organizations to scale back the federal government's plans to drastically raise the percentage of Medicare payments linked to value-based care, says one observer.

Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 6:53 am CST

Partners' deal to acquire three hospitals rejected

A Superior Court judge on Thursday dealt a devastating blow to Partners HealthCare's plans to expand its dominance across Eastern Massachusetts, rejecting a controversial deal that would have allowed Partners to acquire three community hospitals and add hundreds of doctors to its network. After months of deliberations, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders sided with opponents of the acquisitions, who argued that allowing Partners to expand more would give the health system, already the state's largest and most expensive, the market power to further increase costs. It's highly unusual for judges to reject consent judgments, and Sanders' decision came as a surprise to many in the health care industry who had expected the settlement to be approved.

Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 6:33 am CST

Feds Ease Meaningful Use Reporting Timeline, Set Interoperability Goals

Newly released IT policies seem to align closely with the greater push for value-based reim... Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 am CST

Video: Survey Helps Hospitals Gauge Their IT Strategy Strength

Hospital leaders hoping to assess their IT strategy and implementation can get a good read ... Posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:00 am CST

As Health Care Changes, Don't Predict - Forecast

New trends are reshaping the medical marketplace. To formulate a successful strategy, leade... Posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:00 am CST

The HIPAA Threat Tied to Online Patient Behavior
When patients "check in" via social media, it may help cyber-thieves check out their personal information, something practices should be aware of. Posted Sunday, February 1, 2015 10:00 am CST

What Is Your Patient's True Financial Responsibility?
If your medical practice wants to get paid for services, do not accept financial responsibility for medical expenses that your patients incur. Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:00 am CST

Support for PAs Grows Among Patients, State Regulators
Recent research indicates that PAs can improve the healthcare system, and recent policy changes help ensure that they have the opportunity to do so. Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 pm CST

CDC warns of 'large outbreak' of measles
World News Videos | ABC World NewsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden on Sunday warned that the U.S. could see a "large outbreak" of measles."We are very concerned by the growing number of people who are susceptible... Posted Sunday, February 1, 2015 11:19 am CST

Measles outbreak reopens vaccination fight
An outbreak of measles that started in California’s Disneyland has quickly led to a nationwide debate over child vaccinations.More than 100 cases of measles have been reported, including 91 in California, according to a report by Reuters. The... Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 7:55 am CST

Medicare plans to cover HIV testing
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants Medicare to cover routine HIV testing.Under the proposed rule, people ages 15 to 65 will be able to get annual HIV screening. Adolescents under the age of 15 and adults over the age of... Posted Friday, January 30, 2015 3:13 pm CST