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.


 
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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.


 
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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.


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

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.


 
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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
 



Top Provider Billing Mistakes Are Changing
Rapidly advancing fields such as molecular diagnostics pose some of the newest challenges for providers, who must bill with precision or risk losing reimbursements. Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:57 am CDT

Hospitals Seeking Physician Alignment

Healthcare leaders face challenges on multiple fronts as they try to redefine physician-hospital alignment for a value-based system that is just taking shape.

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:54 am CDT

What we've learned from four years of diving into dollars for docs

On Tuesday, the federal government is expected to release details of payments to doctors by every pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in the country. The information is being made public under a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law mandates disclosure of payments to doctors, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists and optometrists for things like promotional speaking, consulting, meals, educational items and research. It's not quite clear what the data will show — in part because the first batch will be incomplete, covering spending for only a few months at the end of 2013 — but we at ProPublica have some good guesses. That's because we have been detailing relationships between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry for the past four years as part of our Dollars for Docs project.

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:44 am CDT

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Medical Practice Sales: 8 Legal and Financial Issues
There are many legal and financial issues beyond the mechanics of the sale transaction that planners must address with medical practice owners and executives. Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 pm CDT

Implementing a Do-it-Yourself EHR: 5 Tips
Can't decide between myriad EHR vendors in your quest to meet meaningful use? Here are five tips for a DIY approach based on one practice's experience. Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:00 am CDT

Three Ways to Keep Physician Candidates Interested
Don't stop your physician search too early. It's critical to keep back-up physicians interested while you wait to see if your first choice pans out. Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:00 am CDT

Government set to reveal pharma payments to doctors
Payments and gifts to doctors that could present conflicts of interest are about to be made public as part of a government database ordered by the Affordable Care Act. The "Sunshine Act" website will reveal payments of more than $10 from drug and... Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:06 am CDT

Study: Cancer costs 'skyrocketed' despite drug cuts
The cost of treating cancer has "skyrocketed" despite a 2003 law that sought to control Medicare drug costs, including the cost of chemotherapy, according to a new study. Research published Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that... Posted Monday, September 29, 2014 3:13 pm CDT

Pediatricians back IUDs for teen birth control
A major pediatricians group is recommending that teens use long-acting contraceptives such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) ahead of other forms of birth control. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made the recommendation in new clinical... Posted Monday, September 29, 2014 2:44 pm CDT