Medical Society Says Pay Reform Group Misses Mark
A few of the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform’s recommendations, such as paying the same rates for the same services regardless of setting,... Read More
|Heart to Heart|
Ochsner implants first total artificial heart in Gulf South
In December, a man in his 40s was admitted to Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans with biventricular heart failure. He had been surviving on two...
MedEvolve finds ‘sweet spot’ niche providing PM and EMR software and RCM services to physician practices nationwide
LITTLE ROCK – When Bill Hefley, MD, was a junior partner at a Little Rock orthopedic practice more than two decades ago,..
|ObamaCare May Generate Medical Tourism|
The power of the Internet and greater price transparency have helped give patients more care options, with millions of U.S. residents traveling abroad each year to seek treatment...
Rethinking the approach to some autoimmune disorders
What if the standard treatment approach was the wrong one? In the case of several autoimmune disorders, it’s a theory that is gaining traction bolstered by recent research findings...
|PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Ralph Chesson|
While stationed in the U.S. Navy as an engineering officer, Ralph Chesson had a conversation with the ship’s doctor on a Polaris submarine that changed his life...
|In The News May|
Louisiana Heart Hospital Physicians Group Signs Agreements
LACOMBE-The Louisiana Heart Hospital (LHH) announced that it has recently completed agreements for clinical integration with seven Northshore area physicians...
|States wade into disclosure rules on biosimilars|
State medical societies have advocated that such bills include physician notification provisions. The FDA continues development of an approval pathway for follow-on biologics. Posted Friday, May 17, 2013 4:00 am CDT
|Senate confirms Tavenner to lead CMS|
Acting chief Marilyn Tavenner officially takes over the $820 billion agency overseeing Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health programs. Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 4:00 am CDT
|Medical ethics language doesn’t stick with students|
A study finds a gap between learning ethical terms and using them in a clinical setting, which can lead to a lack of shared understanding. Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 4:00 am CDT
|Case Study: Advance Care Conversations|
Not knowing a patient's wishes for end-of-life care can lead to expensive and sometimes unwanted medical interventions. Gundersen Health System is trying to change that, by embracing a conversation around end-of-life care that is not about dying. Posted Friday, May 17, 2013 6:57 am CDT
|Obamacare: 3 years in, it faces steep challenges|
WASHINGTON -- The Affordable Care Act is sure to survive the latest vote by the House of Representatives Thursday to repeal it — since the Senate doesn't plan to take it up and President Obama would veto a repeal bill if it somehow reached his desk — but the administration's signature legislative achievement still faces serious perils ahead. Americans have a dimmer view of the health care law now than they did when Obama triumphantly signed it three years ago, according to monthly tracking polls by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Posted Friday, May 17, 2013 6:04 am CDT
|NC state officials pitch Medicaid managed care to doctors|
DURHAM — The McCrory administration's plan to convert the $13 billion Medicaid program to managed care remains an outline as two top health officials travel the state pitching it to doctors and other health care providers. Dr. Aldona Wos, head of the state Department of Health and Human Services, told a crowd of doctors and other health care providers that she wanted them to help figure out the next steps. The aim is to integrate physical, mental and dental health and make costs predictable for the state. Posted Friday, May 17, 2013 6:03 am CDT
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|Dos and Don’ts For Starting a Physician Blog|
Posted Friday, May 17, 2013 1:42 pm CDT
Starting a physician blog can provide your medical practice with marketing benefits, but it's important to do it right.
|Physicians, Practices Should Decide PA Supervision|
Posted Friday, May 17, 2013 7:19 am CDT
The most reasonable and productive regulation of physician assistants is to allow decisions regarding supervision in the hands of physicians and practice sites.
|Ten Notable Physician-related Malpractice Statistics|
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2013 1:51 pm CDT
A look at 10 physician-related malpractice lawsuit statistics pulled from various reports and surveys.
|GOP Rep. Franks to offer late-term abortion ban following Gosnell case|
The Arizona congressman will revise his measure banning late-term procedures in the District of Columbia to apply nationwide. Posted Friday, May 17, 2013 2:42 pm CDT
|CBO: Obama budget would cut $364 billion in Medicare spending|
President Obama's budget proposal would save the Medicare program $364 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
The CBO largely concurred with the White House's estimates, which pegged the budget's Medicare savings at $370 billion.
Obama's budget called for a range of cuts in Medicare's payments to healthcare providers. The most controversial proposals would let poor seniors buy prescription drugs at the price Medicaid pays, rather than the higher Medicare price. Posted Friday, May 17, 2013 2:42 pm CDT
|Federal judge blocks Arkansas's 12-week abortion ban|
A federal judge on Friday temporary blocked the enactment of Arkansas's new abortion ban, which would prohibit the procedure in most cases after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Posted Friday, May 17, 2013 1:48 pm CDT
U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted the preliminary injunction after a request from several abortion-rights groups who filed suit against the law.
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), one of those groups, praised the decision in a statement.