Providers Push for Budget Protection
Roughly three years ago, amid yet another state budget crisis and the accompanying Medicaid funding cuts, members of the Louisiana Hospital Association began talking about finding a long-term funding solution for the program ...Read More
|Providers Push for Budget Protection|
Roughly three years ago, amid yet another state budget crisis and the accompanying Medicaid funding cuts, members of the Louisiana Hospital Association began talking about finding a long-term funding solution for the program.
|Hospitals Drive Local, State Economies|
Louisiana’s 207 hospitals help drive the state’s economy, employing more than 98,000 people and generating an economic impact of nearly $30 billion.
|The Transformation of Med Ed|
AMA continues quest to accelerate change in physician training
A little more than a year ago, the American Medical Association announced $11 million in grants to 11 academic medical centers to fundamentally change the way physicians are educated and trained.
|The Case for Covering Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening|
Proponents cite ROI of early detection, reduced mortality
Perhaps it is only appropriate the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is scheduled to announce its highly anticipated coverage decision for low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening in November.
|PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT : Dr. Susan Conway|
A dog’s life
While training as a reproductive endocrinologist in Vermont, Dr. Susan Conway became the third owner of a yellow Labrador Retriever, Jake.
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
|Former NQF Co-Chair Linked to Conflicts of Interest in Journal Probe|
A review of 10 published articles co-authored by a former National Quality Forum co-chair found he had an undeclared conflict of interest in nine of them. Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 7:04 am CST
|The way we pay for healthcare is broken. A CEO describes how|
On Wednesday we told you a story about an Obamacare program that helped poor children and saved taxpayer money. Because of the structure of our health care payment system, the program was also doomed to fail. Below, the health care CEO we profiled argues that today's payment models discourage quality improvement in health care, while driving up costs for everyone. David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, president and chief executive of Nemours: I am, first and foremost, a doctor. I am also the CEO of a regional children's health system. Curiously, alignment of the two roles is not always as easy as it should be, largely due to the way that our health care payment system is structured. Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 6:36 am CST
|A life-saving alternative to open heart surgery|
Dr. Susheel Kodali kept his gaze fixed on the four monitors suspended above the patient he was operating on at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center's Heart Valve Center. "You see, one of the keys to this procedure is imaging, because we're not opening the chest, so we use all modalities available including X-Ray and echo," he said. Kodali and his team have performed more than 1,200 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures just like this one, more than any other institution in the U.S., since TAVR was approved by the FDA three years ago. It's a non-invasive alternative to heart surgery that replaces the aortic valve, responsible for pumping blood out of the heart, via a narrow tube called a catheter. Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 6:31 am CST
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|Clean Up Your A/R Before the End of the Year|
The end of the year is approaching rapidly and one thing you do not want to do is drag old A/R into the New Year. If you have any A/R from 2013 or (gasp!) 2012, it's time to look at those claims and make a decision if you are going to continue to chase them, or make necessary adjustments and move on. Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:00 am CST
|Health Reform Will Continue Despite Republican Victories|
I believe that the Republican victories during the midterm elections will have little effect on the future of Obamacare. Here's why. Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 8:00 am CST
|Internal Audit Pass Rates; Nonphysician Credentialing|
Our practice does internal chart reviews on our physicians for coding accuracy. What do you feel is an appropriate passing score? Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 pm CST
|How the Republican Congress can win the public's trust|
Republicans have won the elections. They have not won the public's trust. Earning that trust will require them to prove that they put the public interest ahead of their own. A good first step would be for GOP members of Congress to deal... Posted Sunday, November 23, 2014 8:00 am CST
|CMS reminds insurers that ObamaCare money can't pay for abortions|
The Obama administration is seeking to tighten how insurers segregate funds for abortion coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges after a scathing government investigation found the rules have been widely ignored. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid... Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 4:48 pm CST
|HHS proposes shifting people into cheaper ObamaCare plans|
The Obama administration might allow states to shift ObamaCare enrollees into cheaper plans in 2016 if consumers do not take action to enroll themselves in new coverage. The proposal was released Friday as part of a 324-page... Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 4:28 pm CST