Federal Proposals Threaten Rural Hospitals

Two of the Obama administration’s proposals – to cut $2.1 billion in critical-access hospital payments and to slash the number of those hospitals – would devastate rural communities in Louisiana. ...Read More

 



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Federal Proposals Threaten Rural Hospitals | Louisiana Hospital Association, critical access hospital, National Rural Hospital Association, Medicaid expansion
Federal Proposals Threaten Rural Hospitals

Two of the Obama administration’s proposals – to cut $2.1 billion in critical-access hospital payments and to slash the number of those hospitals – would devastate rural communities in Louisiana.


 
LGMC Becomes First Hospital in State to Implant MRI-Compatible Defibrillator | Dr. William Bailey, Iforia ICD, BIOTRONIK ProMRI, Lafayette General Medical Center
LGMC Becomes First Hospital in State to Implant MRI-Compatible Defibrillator

Hard-working Johnny Dennis, a 55-year-old safety specialist at an oilfield coiled tubing company, started having extreme fatigue and strength loss.


 
Obamacare May Boost ED Revenue | Affordable Care Act, emergency department, Health Affairs, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Louisiana Hospital Association
Obamacare May Boost ED Revenue

Two recent studies show hospital emergency departments should get a revenue boost from patients now covered through the Affordable Care Act.


 
HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE FOCUS

Exchange Rate | Health Exchange, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Insurance Reform, The Advisory Board Company, Rob Lazerow, David Lumbert
Exchange Rate

An early analysis of the federal health exchange

After a very rough start, the federal health exchange managed a healthy rebound before the March 31 general signup deadline. Similarly, state exchanges have hit some glitches but are also now up and running.


 
PEDIATRICS FOCUS

Grade: Needs Improvement | NPAP, National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth, Fitness, Physical Activity, Childhood Obesity, Russell Pate, Scott Crouter, Screen Time, PE, Active Transportation
Grade: Needs Improvement

Report card highlights deficits in children’s physical activity

Remember when P.E. was the ‘easy A’ in school? Evidently that’s no longer true.

The 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth highlights just how far the country has fallen off the honor roll when it comes to getting our school-aged kids to move and play.


 
Guest Writers

You Have Been Offered the Opportunity to Buy in to an Existing Practice….What to Expect

For the past three years, you have been employed by an existing practice, working hard and hoping that your efforts have not gone unnoticed.


 
LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Legislative Session Wraps

The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature wrapped up on June 2, 2014 at 6 PM. The 2014 session will be one remembered as having a lot of consternation with regard to healthcare measures.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. John R. Breaux | Dr. John R. Breaux, Cardiothoracic surgery, Louisiana Heart Hospital, St. Tammy Hospital LSU Medical School, Tulane University School of Medicine, Woodworking
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. John R. Breaux

Sitting on the dock of the bayou

While sitting on a dock along Bayou Lafourche, Donaldsonville native John R. Breaux was inspired to become a doctor.


 
In The News

July 2014
 



PA doctor shoots patient who killed caseworker

A psychiatric outpatient opened fire Thursday inside a psychiatrist's office at a hospital near Philadelphia, killing his caseworker and slightly wounding the doctor, who shot the gunman with his personal firearm, authorities said. The suspect, Richard Plotts, of Upper Darby, Pa., was reported in critical condition after the shooting at 2:20 p.m. in an office at the Mercy Wellness Center of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said at an evening news conference.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2014 5:42 am CDT

Invoking anti-fraud law, LA doctor gets rich

William LaCorte keeps a half-dozen marble paperweights at his medical practice in this New Orleans suburb, engraved with images of checks from a lucrative sideline: suing companies for alleged health-care fraud. Over two decades, the 65-year-old internist has filed 12 lawsuits accusing health-care companies of defrauding taxpayer-funded programs such as Medicare.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2014 5:35 am CDT

At Cleveland hospitals: Entry-level positions open, but more doctors and RNs needed

The hiring challenge for area hospitals is two-fold: finding enough people to fill entry-level health care positions, while at the same time looking for physicians, advance practice nurses, physicians assistants and medical coders - positions that require more education and promise much higher salaries. In Greater Cleveland, more than 53,000 jobs – 54.2 percent of the health care workforce - don't require undergraduate degrees, according to a report released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution. Those jobs are classified as pre-baccalaureate or pre-BA occupations.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2014 5:27 am CDT

A Fair Hearing

If employees feel that their organizations address their concerns, they are less likely to ... Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Showing Value by Reducing Patient Harm

Organizations invovled in the Hospital Engagement Network are answering the call to transfo... Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Demands of Market Spurring Transformations at Hospitals

The Leadership Summit highlights pressures for changes and some of the potential ways to ma... Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00 am CDT

A Physician's Recommendations for Avoiding Misdiagnosing Patients
Every patient encounter carries with it the possibility of error. And every error can cause problems for the patient. So what do we do as physicians? Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:07 am CDT

Three Guaranteed Physician Practice Marketing Strategies
Social marketing, search engine optimization, practice marketing' are all good, but 'here are three sure things to increase revenues at minimal cost. Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:07 am CDT

Five Steps to Easy Physician Credentialing
Done haphazardly or postponed until a month before a new physician starts, sloppy credentialing can spell cash-flow delays and more. Here's how to do it right. Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:07 am CDT

Debunking the bad science on abortion and women's health
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA), a bill that would prevent unnecessary restrictions on abortions and abortion providers. The opposition used overblown and often incorrect claims... Posted Friday, July 25, 2014 6:00 am CDT

OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: House panel moves forward on lawsuit
The House Rules Committee on Thursday approved a resolution that would authorize Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive power.The panel voted along party lines to move forward with the... Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:19 pm CDT

IRS: Uninsured face max fine of nearly $2,500
The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday individuals who fail to get health insurance this year will be fined a maximum of $2,448 and families with five or more members can be fined up to $12,240.The maximum penalty would hit individuals without... Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:18 pm CDT