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Gearing up for ICD-10

CMS confirms Oct. 1 switch; healthcare consultant offers cautionary notes

Successful completion of a full week of end-to-end testing of the new ICD-10 coding shows the healthcare industry is ready for the next step toward total conversion from ICD-9 coding ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

3-D Digital Mammography Comes to Acadiana | digital mammography, 3-D mammography, tomosynthesis, Hologic, Silenia Dimensions, Dr. Jamie Joseph, Our Lady of Lourdes RMC, ImageChecker CAD
3-D Digital Mammography Comes to Acadiana

Lourdes’ St. Agnes Breast Center is the first

The newest technology out there in breast imaging is in the Selenia® Dimensions ®3D breast tomosynthesis system by Hologic® at Our Lady of Lourdes RMC Imaging Network at St. Agnes Breast Center installed in January.


 
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT FOCUS

Gearing up for ICD-10 | ICD-9, ICD-10, Margie Maley, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, Marilyn Tavenner
Gearing up for ICD-10

CMS confirms Oct. 1 switch; healthcare consultant offers cautionary notes

Successful completion of a full week of end-to-end testing of the new ICD-10 coding shows the healthcare industry is ready for the next step toward total conversion from ICD-9 coding, Marilyn Tavenner, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said before her departure from the federal agency earlier this year.


 
Cuts to Medicaid Payments Hurt Physicians, Patients | Medicaid reimbursement, Affordable Care Act, Louisiana State Medical Society, Louisiana Hospital Association, primary care bump
Cuts to Medicaid Payments Hurt Physicians, Patients

For two years, family doctors in Louisiana got the same amount for treating Medicaid patients as Medicare enrollees, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.


 
Providers Fight Medicaid Billing Period Cut | Medicaid, timely filing limit, Ted Haik, Fred Mills, Acadian Ambulance, Iberia Medical Center
Providers Fight Medicaid Billing Period Cut

Protests by Lafayette-area hospitals and the state’s largest ambulance service have apparently convinced the state to reverse an abrupt decision that would have cut the Medicaid timely filing limit in half.


 
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & ADDICTION FOCUS

Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction | Marijuana, Cannabis, Medical Marijuana, Dr. Stuart Gitlow, American Society for Addiction Medicine, ASAM, National Institute for Drug Abuse, NIDA, THC
Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction

A conversation with ASAM President Dr. Stuart Gitlow

With three states plus the District of Columbia sanctioning recreational use of marijuana and virtually all other states either allowing for or considering decriminalization and/or medical use of the drug, the great marijuana debate has become a legislative hot topic over the last three years.


 
Guest Writers

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Back to the Capitol: A Look at the Upcoming Session

The 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will commence on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 12:00 noon.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Stewart Greathouse | Dr. Stewart Greathouse, Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Center, Beekeeping
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Stewart Greathouse

What’s the buzz?

Growing up between Lake Charles and Grand Lake, Stewart Greathouse enjoying living the rural life. But, it wasn’t until attending Pensacola Christian College that he received his calling to be a doctor.


 
In The News

April 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 



Switching EHRs Adds Functionality but Not Always Satisfaction

Providers who switch from one electronic health record to another do so to add more functionality, but often it doesn't make them more satisfied, according to a recently published survey. From MedPage Today.

Posted Friday, April 17, 2015 7:12 am CDT

Medicare Issues its First Star Ratings for Patient Experience

The ratings aim to encourage continuous improvement in the patient experience, says CMS. But the AHA says the ratings come with "a risk of oversimplifying the complexity of quality care" in hospitals.

Posted Friday, April 17, 2015 7:08 am CDT

Obama signs bill fixing Medicare doctors' pay

U.S. President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Thursday that repairs the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians after Congress, in rare bipartisan fashion, passed a fix earlier this week to prevent a 21 percent cut in doctors' pay. Sitting outside in the White House Rose Garden in his shirt sleeves, Obama said he was signing the bill now rather than waiting for a formal ceremony so it could go into force right away. "This was a bipartisan effort," Obama said, adding he hoped the practice of Republicans and Democrats working together would become a habit on Capitol Hill.

Posted Friday, April 17, 2015 6:52 am CDT

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15-Day Patient Collection Letter
Close communication with patients is vital to good collections. Send a collection letter after three failed statements, so patients know you mean business. Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 1:00 pm CDT

Five Tips to Manage Patient Collections Accounts
Having a great collections management policy in place at your practice can serve you very well, and keep your accounts receivable on track. Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 1:00 pm CDT

'The Quiet Revolution': A Physician's Reaction
This fascinating documentary, about improving care while saving money, can teach physicians — and America — a great deal. Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 12:00 pm CDT

State fights rage over ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion
The fight over ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion is heating up, with one state mounting a fresh legal challenge against the administration and others embroiled in debates over how to handle the thorny issue. In Florida, one of the biggest prizes... Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 5:49 pm CDT

Lawmakers see new momentum for 'cures' initiative
The leaders of the House Energy and Commerce are pressing forward with their 21st Century Cures initiative, intended to speed up the development of new medicines and treatments, despite early signs of political differences.Chairman Fred Upton (R-... Posted Friday, April 17, 2015 4:58 pm CDT

Bill would help combat medics become civilian EMTs
A bipartisan bill introduced this week would facilitate the transition process for military combat medics to become emergency medical technicians upon returning to the civilian workforce.The legislation, introduced by Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and... Posted Friday, April 17, 2015 2:52 pm CDT