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State Wellness Program Swells

A state program designed to encourage healthy behaviors has grown from one WellSpot to more than five dozen in just six months. ...Read More

 



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State Wellness Program Swells | Well-Ahead Louisiana, WellSpot, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Milken Institute, wellness
State Wellness Program Swells

A state program designed to encourage healthy behaviors has grown from one WellSpot to more than five dozen in just six months.


 
Hospitals Scramble to Ensure Ebola Training, Equipment in Place | Ebola, Personal Protective Equipment, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Centers for Disease Control, pandemic
Hospitals Scramble to Ensure Ebola Training, Equipment in Place

The potential threat of Ebola sent Louisiana health officials and hospitals rushing to make sure staff and healthcare providers have the proper training and equipment to deal with the latest infection control protocols.


 
AMA’s Telemedicine Push | American Medical Association, AMA, telemedicine resolution, Dr. Robert Wah, Institute of Medicine, IOM, “Telemedicine: A Guide to Assessing Telecommunications for Health Care,” Dr. Charles F. Willson, Council on Medical Service.
AMA’s Telemedicine Push

Evolution improves health outcomes, accelerates medical education change, and enhances physician satisfaction and practice sustainability

In June, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution addressing telemedicine as a key innovation in support of healthcare delivery reform.


 
PHARMACEUTICALS FOCUS

Urgent & Emergent

Getting new treatments through the FDA pipeline

On average, it takes 12 years and more than $500 million … sometimes significantly more … to move a new drug from bench to bedside in the United States.


 
FINANCIAL PLANNING FOCUS

Tax Time: Getting Your Financial House in Order | Income Tax, 2014 Tax Rules, Tax Extenders, 179 Depreciation, HORNE LLP, Tony Jones, Tax Accountant
Tax Time: Getting Your Financial House in Order

After the sticker shock that accompanied last year’s tax code regulations, many will be happy that 2014 is going out on a quieter note.


 
Guest Writers

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Notes from the Louisiana Health Care Commission November Meeting

Chairman Donna Fraiche called the meeting to order on November 7. She welcomed the newest member of the council Diana Davison from Roy O. Martin Lumber Company headquartered in Alexandria.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Yvens Laborde
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Yvens Laborde

His Brothers’ Keepers

It’s been almost five years since the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010, killing over 250,000, injuring over 300,000 and displacing over 1.5 million people.


 
In The News

December 2014
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 



Congressman to AMA: Offer SGR Solutions Not Complaints
The American Medical Association is doing a disservice by not weighing in on how to pay for repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare, a member of Congress said Thursday. From MedPage Today. Posted Friday, January 23, 2015 7:16 am CST

Observation Status Appeal Advances in Federal Court
A federal Court of Appeals panel has rejected the Obama administration's contention that hospital admission-status decisions are mainly in the hands of physicians and beyond the authority of Medicare. Posted Friday, January 23, 2015 7:11 am CST

1,700 hospitals win quality bonuses from Medicare, but most will never collect

Medicare is giving bonuses to a majority of hospitals that it graded on quality, but many of those rewards will be wiped out by penalties the government has issued for other shortcomings, federal data show. As required by the 2010 health law, the government is taking performance into account when paying hospitals, one of the biggest changes in Medicare's 50-year-history. This year 1,700 hospitals – 55 percent of those graded – earned higher payments for providing comparatively good care in the federal government's most comprehensive review of quality. The government measured criteria such as patient satisfaction, lower death rates and how much patients cost Medicare.

Posted Friday, January 23, 2015 6:51 am CST

Embracing the Smart(phone) Hospital

Consumers are immersed in digital communication; it's time for traditional health care orga... Posted Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:00 am CST

Putting Your IT Systems to the Test

A new partnership between the AHA and CHIME aims to broaden the scope and reach of the Most... Posted Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:00 am CST

Obama, GOP Square Off (Again) on ACA

President Obama in his State of the Union address vowed to veto any legislation that threat... Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:00 am CST

Seven Tips for Avoiding HIPAA Penalties in 2015
HIPAA "willful neglect" violations can cost medical practices hundreds of thousands of dollars. Here's how to prevent them from occurring at your practice. Posted Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:00 pm CST

Is Healthcare.gov Using Google to Spy on Shoppers?
Recent reports accuse the federal government of doing exactly what HIPAA prohibits: sending consumer data to private companies for sales and marketing. Posted Sunday, January 25, 2015 10:00 am CST

Four Issues Physicians Must Watch in 2015
Here are four issues that doctors and their medical practice staff members need to be aware of to operate a great practice this year. Posted Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:00 pm CST

ObamaCare subsidy fight gets personal
Consumer advocates are mounting a new campaign to highlight how a Supreme Court ruling invalidating billions of dollars in ObamaCare subsidies would harm individuals.  Advocacy group Families USA, a lead defender of the healthcare law, is... Posted Sunday, January 25, 2015 9:00 am CST

HHS adds privacy protections to Healthcare.gov
 The Obama administration says it is taking steps to protect consumers’ personal information on HealthCare.gov after privacy concerns were raised earlier this week. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is adding a layer of... Posted Saturday, January 24, 2015 8:24 pm CST

Bill would require ultrasounds before abortions
Nearly a dozen Republican men have signed onto a House bill that would mandate ultrasounds for all women seeking abortions, which is considered one of the strictest pre-abortion measures in the country.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and 10 co-sponsors... Posted Friday, January 23, 2015 6:07 pm CST