Feds Propose Emergency Prep Rules But at What Cost?

The federal government’s proposed emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and 16 other healthcare providers and suppliers closely follow those of the Joint Commission, but questions remain about the costs to comply with the guidelines. ...Read More

 



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Chef MD | Dr. Timothy Harlan, The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, Dr. David Eisenberg, Dr. Benjamin Sachs, Dr. Bob Elson, Emory University School of Medicine, ReFresh.
Chef MD

Medicine and nutrition: delicious together

From an early age, Timothy Harlan knew that cooking was his calling. At age 11, the Atlanta native started washing dishes in a restaurant.


 
New ACO Targets Cost Curve, Quality | UnitedHealthcare, Ochsner Health System, Acccountable Care Organization, cost curve, patient satisfaction, outcomes, quality
New ACO Targets Cost Curve, Quality

Ochsner Health System, Ochsner Physician Partners and UnitedHealthcare of Louisiana have launched a new accountable care organization the partners hope will eventually achieve healthcare’s Holy Grail: bending the cost curve.


 
Ochsner Iberville Medical Complex
 
MEDICARE/MEDICAID FOCUS

Feds Propose Emergency Prep Rules But at What Cost? | Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, American Hospital Association, Louisiana Hospital Association, Hurricane Katrina, emergency preparedness
Feds Propose Emergency Prep Rules But at What Cost?

The federal government’s proposed emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and 16 other healthcare providers and suppliers closely follow those of the Joint Commission, but questions remain about the costs to comply with the guidelines.


 
ONCOLOGY FOCUS

Teaming Up to Turn the Tide on Pancreatic Cancer | Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, PanCAN, Stand Up To Cancer, SU2C, Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team, Lynn Matrisian, Elizabeth Jaffee, Oncology, Immunotherapy, Cancer Vaccine
Teaming Up to Turn the Tide on Pancreatic Cancer

Deadly and defiant, pancreatic cancer was one of the major oncologic threats Congress hoped to address with passage of the “Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act,” which was signed into law at the beginning of 2013.


 
Guest Writers

Legal Review: Don't Let Others Build a Business off of Your Practice and Place You at Risk 

Physician practices are always looking for margin growth opportunities, and rightfully so given the current state of practicing medicine. 


 
LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: From Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Bayou Heath has put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Louisiana's Medicaid managed care program on the Louisiana Procurement and Contract Network site.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN  SPOTLIGHT:  Dr. Laura Lazarus | Dr. Laura Lazarus, Tufts University, Hahnemann University School of Medicine, LSU Medical School, Northwestern Medical School, Lynn Sage Breast Center, Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, Mount Kilimanjaro, trapeze
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Laura Lazarus

Defying gravity

When it comes to an adventure, Dr. Laura Lazarus reaches new heights. After her sister treated her to a trapeze lesson, she took up the flying version.


 
In The News

September 2014
 



NCQA Releases Annual Health Plan Rankings
Kaiser Foundation, Tufts, and Harvard Pilgrim dominate this year's list of the nation?s top health plans according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 1:03 pm CDT

Technology Lights Up Health Innovation Forum

The development and dispersion of cost-effective medical technologies that promise to boost wellness, prevention, and precision care are pivotal to the transformation of healthcare, experts say.

Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 6:51 am CDT

Few Winners Among MSSP Participants

The top-performing ACO in the Medicare Shared Savings Plan netted CMS $57.83 million in savings thanks to its creativity and clever use of technology. Other organizations had a tougher time paring costs.

Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 6:42 am CDT

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Follow Up with Your Patients
Stepping up your customer service can be enlightening and rewarding. Following up with patients is one way to find out how well you are doing. Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:00 am CDT

Six Common Medical Practice Website Mistakes
I have experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to medical practice websites. Here are a few of the common mistakes I see. Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 8:00 am CDT

Supervision vs. Collaboration in Physician-PA Teams
Having good practice environments in every state for physician-PA teams is good for our patients and good for physicians. Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 3:00 pm CDT

GOP finds ObamaCare opening
Republicans have found a new opening against ObamaCare after struggling for months to craft a fresh strategy against a healthcare law that now covers millions of people.Lifted by a pair of federal audits that found major flaws with the law’s... Posted Sunday, September 21, 2014 5:00 am CDT

Bill Clinton calls for aggressive response to Ebola outbreak
Bill Clinton called Saturday for the nations of the world to get more aggressive in the fight against the Ebola virus.The former president said steps by Western powers like the United States to help infected countries in West Africa treat the deadly... Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 6:12 pm CDT

Nursing homes vow to cut antipsychotic use in dementia patients
Nursing homes are promising to reduce their use of antipsychotic medications on dementia patients 25 percent by 2016 and 30 percent by 2017.  The public-private National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care announced its new goals on Friday as... Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 1:37 pm CDT