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Louisiana hospitals are quietly leading the movement to help their patients get coverage through the Affordable Care Act, with a number of facilities offering advice from navigators and health insurance agents ...Read More

 



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Louisiana Hospitals Push to Enroll Uninsured | Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Louisiana Hospital Association, navigators, Health Insurance Marketplace, Kathleen Sebelius
Louisiana Hospitals Push to Enroll Uninsured

Louisiana hospitals are quietly leading the movement to help their patients get coverage through the Affordable Care Act, with a number of facilities offering advice from navigators and health insurance agents.


 
Willis-Knighton’s Radiation Therapy Proton Unit Opens in Shreveport | Proton radiation therapy, Lane Rosen, MD, Willis-Knighton Cancer Center, ProteusONE, IMPT, pencil beam scanning, IBA, Willis-Knighton Proton Center, Greg Sonnenfeld
Willis-Knighton’s Radiation Therapy Proton Unit Opens in Shreveport

The compact ProteusONE™ is the first of its kind in the world.

Proteus was the ancient god who could change shape to fit his circumstances, which is what the new compact proton radiation therapy machine, the ProteusONE (IBA-Belgium) does.


 
LSU Engineering, Med School Fast Track BS/MD/PhD Program | LSU, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, Health Sciences Center – New Orleans, VA Hospital, New Orleans Bioinnovation Center, Tulane University
LSU Engineering, Med School Fast Track BS/MD/PhD Program

A new triple-degree program created by LSU’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department and the Health Sciences Center – New Orleans will create research opportunities, and applications for that research, that might not otherwise exist.


 
Determining Fair Market Value of Physician Compensation | Matt Malone, HORNE, physician compensation, FMV, fair market value.
Determining Fair Market Value of Physician Compensation

Horne’s Matt Malone discusses ‘the devil in the details’

Hospitals are investing more in creating outpatient service departments to meet rising patient demand while simultaneously reducing inpatient surgical procedures and generating new revenue streams, said Matt Malone, CPA, a member of HORNE’s Health Care Valuation specializing in physician contracts.


 
HEALTH LAW FOCUS

Ten Hot Button Legal Issues to Watch in 2015
Ten Hot Button Legal Issues to Watch in 2015

Expert Insights for the Coming Year

Already one of the most highly regulated industries in America, 2015 looks to be another active year across healthcare’s legal landscape.


 
CARDIOLOGY FOCUS

Affairs of the Heart | Cardiovascular Disease, CVD, Heart Disease, Subclinical Atherosclerosis, Healthy Lifestyle, Dr. Thomas J. Wang, Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute, Circulation, American Heart Association, AHA, Cardiovascular Health Score, CVH Score, Heart Statistics, Stroke Statistics, National Heart Blood & Lung Institute, NHBLI
Affairs of the Heart

Americans & Cardiovascular Health

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that there is a major divide between what Americans should do and what is currently being done when it comes adopting healthy cardiovascular lifestyle habits.


 
Guest Writers

Court to Address Meaning of “Identified” Overpayments under ACA’s 60-day Rule

For the first time since its enactment as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, a federal court in a whistleblower action will consider a provision requiring providers to return overpayments within sixty days of when they are “identified.”


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT:  Dr. Jason Cormier | Dr. Jason Cormier, Acadiana Neurosurgery, Dr. Alan Appley, Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Lafayette General Medical Center, Brain Path, Spinal Cord Reversal,
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Jason Cormier

Need for speed

Dr. Jason Cormier likes to go fast. Whenever he gets the chance, he races his Formula 1 go-kart, reaching speeds of up to 155 miles per hour.


 
In The News

January/February 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 



Biggest US health insurer tightens rules on hysterectomy coverage

The nation's largest health insurer is imposing tighter controls on its coverage for hysterectomies after more than a year of debate over a medical device that was found to spread hidden cancer in some women undergoing the procedure. As of April, UnitedHealth Group Inc. will require doctors to obtain authorization from the insurer before performing most types of hysterectomies, according to a bulletin sent to physicians and hospitals. The decision marks another blow to the tool known as a laparoscopic power morcellator, which cuts up and removes tissue through small incisions in the abdomen. Until recently, morcellators were being used in thousands of laparoscopic hysterectomies every year to remove benign growths known as fibroids. Posted Friday, February 27, 2015 7:49 am CST

SCOTUS and PPACA: What If?

There is still a week until the latest Supreme Court showdown on the Affordable Care Act—and likely months away from a ruling on King v. Burwell—but pundits already are polishing their crystal balls. From MedPage Today.

Posted Friday, February 27, 2015 7:11 am CST

Citing Antitrust Law, SCOTUS Backs FTC in NC Dental Board Suit
The ruling has far-ranging implications for state regulatory boards overseeing professional activities, including those of physicians, hospitals, and health systems. Posted Friday, February 27, 2015 7:04 am CST

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How Small Practices Can Get Involved in Telemedicine
Thanks to its low barrier of entry and popularity with patients, telemedicine is quickly becoming commonplace for independent practices and hospitals alike. Posted Friday, February 27, 2015 12:00 pm CST

Solving Problems that Arise Due to EHR Use
How can we combat some of the problems that are arising due to EHRs? Here’s my prescription. Posted Friday, February 27, 2015 10:00 am CST

Data Breach Reporting Requirements for Medical Practices
The Anthem data breach illustrates the need for physicians to outline protocols in their practice to comply with new HIPAA reporting requirements. Posted Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 pm CST

Is John Roberts ready to take down ObamaCare?
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts faced a conservative backlash after casting a decisive vote to save ObamaCare in 2012. Now he must weigh in on the law once again.  The case of King v. Burwell, set for arguments before the Court on... Posted Sunday, March 1, 2015 9:30 am CST

Republican fears grow over court challenge to ObamaCare
Republican fears are mounting over a Supreme Court case that the party has long hailed as its best chance to undo ObamaCare. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on a GOP-backed case that threatens to erase healthcare subsidies for 8... Posted Sunday, March 1, 2015 5:00 am CST

UN health agency warns of flu 'surprises'
The World Health Organization is warning countries across the globe in a new report to "be prepared for surprises" in the next flu pandemic."Though the world is better prepared for the next pandemic than ever before, it remains highly vulnerable,... Posted Friday, February 27, 2015 5:33 pm CST