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
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|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: 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.
|2015 HIX Premium Hikes May Top 7%|
Average 2015 premium rate increases on the new health insurance exchanges are likely to stand in the high single digits, according to data collected from half the states. Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 7:00 am CDT
|CMS Confirms ICD-10 Deadline|
October 1st, 2015, is the deadline for healthcare providers to implement the twice-delayed ICD-10 code set, federal officials confirm. Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 6:51 am CDT
|6 states, DC extending Medicaid pay raise next year to primary care doctors|
Just six states and the District of Columbia will use their own money in 2015 to sustain the federal Medicaid pay raise to primary care doctors, which was a key provision of the Affordable Care Act intended to make sure millions of low-income people enrolling in the expanding insurance program have access to a physician. Interestingly, two of the states extending the pay raise are Alabama and Mississippi — neither of which expanded Medicaid under the health law. The other states extending the pay raise next year are Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa and Maryland, according to interviews with state officials and the American Medical Association. Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 6:23 am CDT
|An Ownership Culture|
You want your employees to feel personally accountable for their work.... Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00 am CDT
|Hospital Heroes Go the Extra Mile|
We spend a lot of energy debating the finances and organization of health care, which can b... Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00 am CDT
|Concerns Raised Over IOM's Report on GME|
An influential IOM panel recommended a monumental shift in how graduate medical education i... Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:00 am CDT
|Poll: Negative views of O-Care at highest|
Negative views of ObamaCare abruptly hit an all-time high this month, erasing six months of gradual increases in the law's popularity. Fifty-three percent now see the Affordable Care Act in a negative light compared with 45 percent last month,... Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:01 pm CDT
|Senate passes autism bill|
The Senate passed a bill Thursday night that reauthorizes federal support for autism programs.The Autism CARES Act, H.R. 4631, requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate an official to oversee national autism spectrum disorder... Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:51 pm CDT
|Report: Part D premiums stay low despite fears of rising drug prices|
Medicare Part D premiums are expected to stay pretty flat in the next few years, according to a new report, despite concerns with rising cost of specialty drugs.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it estimates the premium for a basic... Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:30 pm CDT