AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay

The first rule of marketing is to make sure you have a clear message. For the American Medical Association leadership, their position on the impending ICD-10 conversion could not be more straightforward … they want to see it stopped ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

Ochsner Oversight Follows National Trend | Michael Hulefeld, Ochsner Health System, Hancock Medical System, Louisiana Hospital Association, Paul Salles, hospital consolidation
Ochsner Oversight Follows National Trend

In February, Ochsner Health System inked a two-year deal to manage Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., in a continuation of a national trend that has seen growing numbers of small hospitals seek outside expertise.


 
Telemedicine Changes Care at Lake | telemedicine, telestroke, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, American Stroke Association, video conferencing, graduate medical education, American Heart Association
Telemedicine Changes Care at Lake

Telemedicine will soon make it possible for physicians at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center to monitor critical pediatric patients while they are en route – by helicopter, plane or ambulance – from other facilities.


 
ICD-10 FOCUS

AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay | ICD-10, Coding & Billing, Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, AMA, American Medical Association, CMS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ICD-10 Implementation
AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay

The first rule of marketing is to make sure you have a clear message. For the American Medical Association leadership, their position on the impending ICD-10 conversion could not be more straightforward … they want to see it stopped.


 
DIABETES FOCUS

Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Diabetes Control
Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Diabetes Control

What is the best way to get … and keep … diabetic patients actively engaged in the lifelong self-management of their condition?


 
Guest Writers

Legislative Affairs: Healthcare Bills are Pre-filed for the New Legislative Session

By the time you read this, The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will be in full swing.  The session commenced on March 10th and will adjourn sine die on Monday June 2, 2014.  To view a bill go to www.legis.la.gov


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Danette Null | Danette Null, Rosepine High School, McNeese State University, LSU Shreveport, Navy, Pensacola Naval Hospital, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, LSUHSC Family Medicine Residency program
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Danette Null

As an eight-year-old third grader, Danette Burnett knew that she wanted to become a doctor. "We were talking about the circulatory system and I just really found it fascinating, and wanted to learn more about the body,” she recalled. “And, I liked the idea of helping people. So, that just kind of always stuck with me.”


 
In The News

April 2014
 



How Physicians Can Help Ease Mental Health Provider Shortages

By integrating a behavioral health team and a telemedicine component into all 250 of its primary care practices, Carolinas HealthCare System is trying to head off a potential behavioral health crisis in doctors' offices and emergency departments.

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:01 pm CDT

Reform Puts Vise Grips on Physicians

To say doctors are under tremendous pressure may be the understatement of the year. One key indicator to how well they are navigating the healthcare system is reimbursement.

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:02 am CDT

Medicare Opt-Out a Viable Physician Strategy
Two Pennsylvania physicians share their experiences decoupling from Medicare. They've lost 12% of their patient population, but say they're providing more personalized care and the effects on their revenue and financial viability have been positive. Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 6:52 am CDT

Leaders' Role in Advancing Health Equity

Health care leaders who pursue health equity strategically can improve the quality of care for diverse populations and help to eliminate health disparities.

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 am CDT

How Breathing and Speaking Into Your Smartphone May Be Transformative

The smartphone is reshaping our understanding and appreciation for using voice and breath to better understand the human condition.

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Data Indicate Industry Transformation Continues

A report on health care utilization from the IMS Institute shows the industry continues to shift toward outpatient care.

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 am CDT

CMS Medicare Pay Data Sparks Healthcare Price Transparency Debate

The attention given to CMS' Medicare payment data by the media demonstrates a continued focus on greater transparency at medical practices.

Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 6:10 am CDT

Cash or Stocks: Deep Risk vs. Shallow Risk for Physicians

Physicians, it is time to reevaluate holding cash for your retirement. Here’s why.

Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 6:08 am CDT

Physicians Should Consider Healthcare Real Estate Investment Trusts

Investing in real estate can sometimes be risky, but in volatile times, healthcare REITs have been viewed as a stable investment.

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:03 pm CDT

FDA helps people close eyes — with weights
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is putting another weapon in the Sandman's arsenal.The FDA announced Friday it is relaxing the regulations on certain eyelid weights that are used to help people who have trouble blinking and shutting their... Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 1:58 pm CDT

Lawmakers urge FDA to modify brewery grain rules
Lawmakers are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to modify proposed rules requiring breweries to inspect spent grain given to cattle.In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, 13 House members said the proposed regulation would impose... Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 1:15 pm CDT

States criticize GOP chemical reforms
The attorneys general in 13 states say a House Republican plan to reform decades-old chemical laws would actually roll back public health and environmental protections. In a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the attorneys... Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 12:24 pm CDT