Federal Grants Mark New Cancer Research Era

Louisiana healthcare providers nailed down two of the 65 multi-million dollar research grants the National Cancer Institute awarded nationwide. ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

Federal Grants Mark New Cancer Research Era | LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, LSU Health Shreveport, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, National Cancer Institute, Ochsner Health System, Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, Willis-Knighton Health System and Desoto Regional Medical Center.
Federal Grants Mark New Cancer Research Era

Louisiana healthcare providers nailed down two of the 65 multi-million dollar research grants the National Cancer Institute awarded nationwide.


 
Olive Oil Compound Could Enhance Chemo | oleocanthol, National Cancer Institute, University of Louisiana at Monroe, extra virgin olive oil, Khalid El Sayed
Olive Oil Compound Could Enhance Chemo

Someday in the not-too-distant future, cancer patients could see smaller, less toxic and more effective chemotherapy dosages thanks to a compound found in extra virgin olive oil and researchers at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.


 
REIMBURSEMENT FOCUS

Reimbursement Revisit | Healthcare Reimbursement, Payment Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, Rob Lazerow, Advisory Board Company, Fee-for-Service, Pay-for-Performance, Bundled Payments, Shared Savings Program, ACOs
Reimbursement Revisit

A Look at payment innovation

While physicians and facilities have long had to keep up with different negotiated contract rates among payers, the reimbursement landscape has become much more varied over the last few years as a push toward payment innovation has ushered in a host of reimbursement options ranging from shared savings programs to bundled payments to carrot-and-stick compensation as applied to quality and efficiency metrics.


 
SENIOR HEALTH FOCUS

No Longer Last in Line | Nursing Home, Skilled Nursing Facility, SNF, Rehab, Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Senior Care, Long-term Care, LTAC, Post-acute Care, National HealthCare Corporation, NCH, Gerald Coggin
No Longer Last in Line | Nursing Home, Skilled Nursing Facility, SNF, Rehab, Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Senior Care, Long-term Care, LTAC, Post-acute Care, National HealthCare Corporation, NCH, Gerald Coggin
Gerald Coggin
No Longer Last in Line

The changing role of SNFs

Just as the notion of what’s considered ‘old’ has changed in today’s society … think ‘70 is the new 50’ … so too has the role and function of skilled nursing facilities.


 
Guest Writers

3D Printing: Just What the Doctor Ordered

For years we have seen 3D printing turn out a multitude of products; jewelry, jet engine parts, remote controls, sneakers.


 
Is A Physician Home Loan Right For You?

This is one of the most common mortgage questions we field. The answer is, it depends. It’s dependent on your personal financial situation and where you are in your career.


 
New State Law: Informed Consent Hierarchy

Healthcare professionals across the state should be aware of recently passed legislation involving Louisiana's informed consent statue.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT:  Dr. J. Dudley Atkinson, IV | Dr. J. Dudley Atkinson, IV, Ochsner Health System, Naval Postgraduate School, Tulane School of Medicine, LSU School of Medicine, Vans RV-14, Piper Arrow II, Ham radio.
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. J. Dudley Atkinson, IV

Hamming it up

During his lifetime, Baton Rouge native J. Dudley Atkinson IV has had several incarnations – petroleum engineer, Naval submarine officer, IT entrepreneur.


 
In The News

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



76% of Physicians Don't Like CMS Quality Reporting Programs

An overwhelming number of practices surveyed say Medicare's quality reporting programs have a negative or significant negative impact on practice resources. They also say the programs negatively impact efficiency, morale, and staff time.

Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:38 am CDT

Abington Health, Jefferson Health Plan '100% Equal' Merger

Completion of the deal would unify the two Philadelphia-area health systems, creating a system with a combined 18,000 employees under a shared governance model.

Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:59 am CDT

The Case for Recycling Surgical Supplies

A large hospital can rack up $15 million in wasted surgical supplies annually, researchers find. At least some of these materials could be recycled for use in developing countries, they say.

Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:50 am CDT

Cyberattacks Are Coming. Are You Ready?

Your hospital will experience a data breach. It is inevitable, says cybersecurity expert Th... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Engaging Patients and Families to Eliminate Harm

Don't just ask patients and families about paint colors and menus; integrate them into hosp... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Ebola Watch

Here is a daily compilation of the most up-to-date Ebola developments across the globe, as ... Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Don't Blame Communication Restrictions on HIPAA
HIPAA is there for the protection of your patients, not to hinder communication or good customer service. Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:00 am CDT

Six Ways to Fix HHS, CMS, FDA, and Healthcare
John C. Goodman's recent Forbes article provides just one example of how the federal government hurts, not helps. Here are six ways to fix that. Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:00 am CDT

Making an mHealth Connection to Patients
Patients have smartphones. Physicians have information about health and well-being. So logically, using mobile health technology can provide better connections. Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:42 pm CDT

HHS, DHS secretaries among those set to testify on Ebola funding
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are among several witnesses who are expected to testify on the government’s response to Ebola at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing next week.The... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:22 am CDT

Louisiana tells anyone who's been exposed to Ebola: Stay away
Louisiana is set to host one of the year’s biggest gatherings of infectious disease experts next week, but anyone's who's recently been to West Africa won’t be welcome.A pair of top state officials wrote a letter to the more than 3,500 members of... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:14 am CDT

Nurse Kaci Hickox defies Ebola quarantine
A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa broke her quarantine Thursday morning, as she left her home for a bike ride with her boyfriend, according to The Associated Press.Kaci Hickox, who has said she would not comply with Maine's 21-day... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:26 am CDT