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.


 
Ochsner Iberville Medical Complex
 
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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.


 
ONCOLOGY FOCUS

Teaming Up to Turn the Tide on Pancreatic Cancer | Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, PanCAN, Stand Up To Cancer, SU2C, Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team, Lynn Matrisian, Elizabeth Jaffee, Oncology, Immunotherapy, Cancer Vaccine
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.


 
Guest Writers

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.


 
Physician Spotlight

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
 



Hospital Pharmacies Prep for Drug Takebacks

The American Society of Hospital Pharmacists pushed for and has been granted inclusion in a federal program beginning next month which allows the collection and disposal of discarded medications in a healthcare setting.

Posted Monday, September 22, 2014 6:48 am CDT

3 NC Health Systems Form Shared Services Organization

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, and Vidant Health have no geographic overlap and are not in competition with one another, but the deal should enable them to attain benefits of scale while retaining their independence.

Posted Monday, September 22, 2014 6:41 am CDT

After surgery, surprise $117,000 medical bill from doctor he didn't know

Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, $4,300 from the anesthesiologist and even $133,000 from his orthopedist, who he knew would accept a fraction of that fee. He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an "assistant surgeon," a Queens-based neurosurgeon whom Mr. Drier did not recall meeting.

Posted Monday, September 22, 2014 6:29 am CDT

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Eight Things I've Learned as a Private Practice Physician
It is my medical practice's fifth anniversary. Here are eight things I've learned about myself and running a business. Posted Monday, September 22, 2014 9:00 am CDT

What Physicians Should Know About Irrevocable Trusts
The key difference between a revocable living trust and an irrevocable trust and when and why physicians should consider using them. Posted Monday, September 22, 2014 8:00 am CDT

Physicians Targeted by Income Tax Fraud Scheme
Physicians in Texas and nationwide are the focus of an income tax fraud scheme. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself and your finances. Posted Sunday, September 21, 2014 10:00 am CDT

Analysis: Spotty coverage for rare disease drugs on exchanges
People with rare diseases may struggle to find coverage for the drugs they need on ObamaCare's exchanges, according to a new analysis. Health plans on the marketplaces only offered coverage for a group of key drugs 65 percent of the time on average... Posted Monday, September 22, 2014 3:47 pm CDT

New mental health grants announced post-Newtown
Federal health officials announced nearly $100 million in new grants to boost mental health services for young people, nearly two years after a school shooting in Newtown, Conn. prompted a national debate on the issue. Health and Human Services (HHS... Posted Monday, September 22, 2014 2:49 pm CDT

Court nixes ObamaCare mandate delay lawsuit
A federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit over the delay of ObamaCare's employer mandate, a sign that a similar challenge in the works by House Republicans might not fare well. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said the plaintiffs did not have... Posted Monday, September 22, 2014 1:58 pm CDT