Partnering in a New Paradigm

There’s no question healthcare delivery is in the middle of a transformational period highlighted by unprecedented consolidation. While there are a number of factors impacting alignment decisions, Paul Keckley, PhD, boiled the equation down to its simplest terms, “Economics drives behavior.” ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

Louisiana Passes Law to Protect ED Workers | Emergency Department, workplace violence, Emergency Nurses Association
Louisiana Passes Law to Protect ED Workers

Louisiana recently became the 31st state to make it a felony to attack an emergency nurse, but the law is just one of the steps needed to prevent workplace violence, Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) officials said.


 
PHYSICIAN/HOSPITAL ALIGNMENT FOCUS

Partnering in a New Paradigm | Hospital Alignment, Physicians, Hospital Administrators, Bundled Payments, Pay for Performance, Physician Practice, MSO, Managed Services Organization, Paul Keckley, Navigant
Partnering in a New Paradigm

There’s no question healthcare delivery is in the middle of a transformational period highlighted by unprecedented consolidation. While there are a number of factors impacting alignment decisions, Paul Keckley, PhD, boiled the equation down to its simplest terms, “Economics drives behavior.”


 
Physician Practices Ally with Other Healthcare Providers | physician practices, ICD-10, accountable care organization, physician/hospital organization, independent practice association, Medical Group Management Association
Physician Practices Ally with Other Healthcare Providers

More than 40 percent of medical practice executives plan to informally integrate their practice with other healthcare organizations or already have, according to the Medical Group Management Association.


 
ORTHO & SPORTS MEDICINE FOCUS

NASS Takes a Proactive Approach to Evidence-Based Coverage Decisions
NASS Takes a Proactive Approach to Evidence-Based Coverage Decisions

In an effort to improve patient access to appropriate, evidence-based care, the North American Spine Society (NASS) recently released detailed policy recommendations for coverage of 13 common spine care treatments, procedures and diagnostics.


 
Guest Writers

RISK MANAGEMENT: Risks associated with EHRs/EMRs

A patient presented at the ER on the main campus of a multi-campus healthcare system for back pain. The only drug allergy listed in the chart was Lortab.


 
LEGAL AFFAIRS: The Work After the Legislative Session

Often times, I am asked, “now that the session is over, what do you do the rest of the year?” It’s an appropriate question to ask a lobbyist.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT : Dr. John Sledge | Dr. John Sledge, III, Dr. Clement Sledge, Isabella Sledge, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Maurice E. Muller Fellowship, Oberartz Inselspital Bern, Switzerland, Dr. John Cobb, Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, Rank Wildcat Spirits.
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT : Dr. John Sledge

Son of a sailor

At age 5, John Sledge, III, started sailing the coastline of his hometown of Marblehead, Mass., with his family. His dad, orthopedic pioneer Clement Sledge, showed him the ropes.


 
In The News

August 2014
 



Patients gain, and maybe lose, as doctors consolidate

Loyal as 49-year-old Sharon Evanchuck of Saddle Brook was to her family doctor of 25 years, the security and personal touch that an old-fashioned solo practice can offer was becoming outweighed by the reality of modern medical times. Evanchuck did some research and switched to a large medical group – Bergen Medical Associates in Paramus and Emerson – and picked a doctor a friend and recommended. "I loved her. And the practice is one-stop shopping," she said. "They have cardiologists, they have gastroenterologists. I have to schedule a colonoscopy and now, all I have to do is walk down the hall. Plus there's no wait time."

Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:57 am CDT

State board took action against Virginia hospital official

The chief medical officer at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center was placed on probation for several months in 2010 and 2011 by the Virginia Board of Medicine following instances in which he began procedures on the wrong side of a patient's body, according to board documents. Dr. Paul W. Braunstein Jr.'s medical license has been in good standing since March 2011, and he said he hasn't had any wrong-site errors since two in 2005. During the four months of probation in 2010 and 2011, the board required that another physician monitor 20 surgeries that he performed. "Is it something I'm proud of?" Braunstein said. "No, but it is something I grew from."

Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:53 am CDT

Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts

As the healthcare industry moves away from a fee-for-service model, providers, payers, and vendors are assessing whether their brands are fit for the consumer-driven future and making changes.

Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:44 am CDT

Flexibility a Key to Success for Financial Managers

Webinar presenters outline how flexibility, planning and a new way of approaching things ar... Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Moving into the Future Deliberately and Incrementally

Boldly heading down a straight path is not the way to navigate a volatile environment.Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:00 am CDT

More Seniors Planning for a Healthy Old Age

Survey shows rise in exercise, good diet, preparing for peaceable end.

... Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:00 am CDT

New Health App to Link Patient Data with Physician EHRs
There are all kinds of health apps that track blood pressure, medications, nutrition, exercise, you name it. Now Apple is entering the fray with the goal of interoperability. Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:00 pm CDT

Under Proposal, CME Speakers No Longer Exempt from Sunshine Act
CMS is proposing to withdraw the Sunshine Act exemption for payments made to healthcare providers who serve as speakers for accredited CME programs. Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 pm CDT

Six Phrases to Avoid When Talking with Patients
The chief patient safety officer at medical malpractice insurer The Doctors Company identifies six common communication missteps physicians make. Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:00 am CDT

Researchers: 30K need Ebola drugs to contain outbreak
British scientists say production of experimental Ebola drugs and vaccines must be ramped up, estimating that at least 30,000 people need access to medications to stop the current outbreak.Health officials have been fighting to contain the deadly... Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2:05 pm CDT

Pryor touts vote for O-Care in new ad
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is touting his vote for ObamaCare in a new campaign ad, one of the few times this cycle in which a red-state Democrat has promoted his support for the controversial law.The ad features Pryor with his father, popular former... Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:32 pm CDT

Report: 7M people can get ObamaCare early
Almost 7 million people can sign up for health plans under ObamaCare even before the new enrollment period begins in November, according to an advocacy group.Enroll America, an ObamaCare enrollment group with close ties to the White House, said... Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:29 pm CDT