Federal Proposals Threaten Rural Hospitals

Two of the Obama administration’s proposals – to cut $2.1 billion in critical-access hospital payments and to slash the number of those hospitals – would devastate rural communities in Louisiana. ...Read More

 



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Federal Proposals Threaten Rural Hospitals | Louisiana Hospital Association, critical access hospital, National Rural Hospital Association, Medicaid expansion
Federal Proposals Threaten Rural Hospitals

Two of the Obama administration’s proposals – to cut $2.1 billion in critical-access hospital payments and to slash the number of those hospitals – would devastate rural communities in Louisiana.


 
LGMC Becomes First Hospital in State to Implant MRI-Compatible Defibrillator | Dr. William Bailey, Iforia ICD, BIOTRONIK ProMRI, Lafayette General Medical Center
LGMC Becomes First Hospital in State to Implant MRI-Compatible Defibrillator

Hard-working Johnny Dennis, a 55-year-old safety specialist at an oilfield coiled tubing company, started having extreme fatigue and strength loss.


 
Obamacare May Boost ED Revenue | Affordable Care Act, emergency department, Health Affairs, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Louisiana Hospital Association
Obamacare May Boost ED Revenue

Two recent studies show hospital emergency departments should get a revenue boost from patients now covered through the Affordable Care Act.


 
HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE FOCUS

Exchange Rate | Health Exchange, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Insurance Reform, The Advisory Board Company, Rob Lazerow, David Lumbert
Exchange Rate

An early analysis of the federal health exchange

After a very rough start, the federal health exchange managed a healthy rebound before the March 31 general signup deadline. Similarly, state exchanges have hit some glitches but are also now up and running.


 
PEDIATRICS FOCUS

Grade: Needs Improvement | NPAP, National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth, Fitness, Physical Activity, Childhood Obesity, Russell Pate, Scott Crouter, Screen Time, PE, Active Transportation
Grade: Needs Improvement

Report card highlights deficits in children’s physical activity

Remember when P.E. was the ‘easy A’ in school? Evidently that’s no longer true.

The 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth highlights just how far the country has fallen off the honor roll when it comes to getting our school-aged kids to move and play.


 
Guest Writers

You Have Been Offered the Opportunity to Buy in to an Existing Practice….What to Expect

For the past three years, you have been employed by an existing practice, working hard and hoping that your efforts have not gone unnoticed.


 
LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Legislative Session Wraps

The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature wrapped up on June 2, 2014 at 6 PM. The 2014 session will be one remembered as having a lot of consternation with regard to healthcare measures.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. John R. Breaux | Dr. John R. Breaux, Cardiothoracic surgery, Louisiana Heart Hospital, St. Tammy Hospital LSU Medical School, Tulane University School of Medicine, Woodworking
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. John R. Breaux

Sitting on the dock of the bayou

While sitting on a dock along Bayou Lafourche, Donaldsonville native John R. Breaux was inspired to become a doctor.


 
In The News

July 2014
 



Doctors Feel Pressure to Accept Risk-based Reimbursement
As insurers step up efforts to cover more lives with value- and performance-based contracts, physicians are under the gun to adapt to an altered reimbursement reality. Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:32 am CDT

U of Virginia doctors developing medical internet

Doctors at The University of Virginia Medical Center are looking at a new way to treat patients using technology they already have at their fingertips. Dr. David Stone with the university's Center for Wireless Health, describes the "medical internet" as Google for caregivers; a cyberspace destination where they can look up conditions or aliments and see how doctors, around the nation, or even world have treated them. The database of de-identified patient care information could help doctors diagnose patients in real time.

Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:29 am CDT

Why do other rich nations spend so much less on healthcare?

Why does the United States spend so much more than other wealthy nations? The biggest reason is that U.S. healthcare delivers a more expensive mix of services. For example, a much larger proportion of physician visits in the U.S. are to specialists who get higher fees and usually order more high-tech diagnostic and therapeutic procedures than primary care physicians. Compared with the average OECD country, the U.S. delivers (population adjusted) almost three times as many mammograms, two-and-a-half times the number of MRI scans, and 31 percent more C-sections.

Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:21 am CDT

A Fair Hearing

If employees feel that their organizations address their concerns, they are less likely to ... Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Showing Value by Reducing Patient Harm

Organizations invovled in the Hospital Engagement Network are answering the call to transfo... Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Demands of Market Spurring Transformations at Hospitals

The Leadership Summit highlights pressures for changes and some of the potential ways to ma... Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00 am CDT

A Physician's Recommendations for Avoiding Misdiagnosing Patients
Every patient encounter carries with it the possibility of error. And every error can cause problems for the patient. So what do we do as physicians? Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:07 am CDT

Three Guaranteed Physician Practice Marketing Strategies
Social marketing, search engine optimization, practice marketing' are all good, but 'here are three sure things to increase revenues at minimal cost. Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:07 am CDT

Five Steps to Easy Physician Credentialing
Done haphazardly or postponed until a month before a new physician starts, sloppy credentialing can spell cash-flow delays and more. Here's how to do it right. Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:07 am CDT

CDC lifts restrictions on lab after safety scares
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is relaxing restrictions on moving dangerous substances at a high-security lab, weeks after a series of safety scares.The CDC said Thursday that it had lifted a moratorium on transferring... Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:53 pm CDT

GOP criticizes looming Medicare Advantage cuts
Republicans are highlighting cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program ahead of this fall’s midterm elections.The cuts are required under the new healthcare law, which says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must reduce its... Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:05 pm CDT

DCCC works to sway voters against Boehner lawsuit
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching a new grassroots campaign criticizing House Republicans for their plan to sue President Obama over the healthcare law. The DCCC announced Thursday it will launch calls in 18... Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:35 am CDT