Partnering in a New Paradigm

There’s no question healthcare delivery is in the middle of a transformational period highlighted by unprecedented consolidation. While there are a number of factors impacting alignment decisions, Paul Keckley, PhD, boiled the equation down to its simplest terms, “Economics drives behavior.” ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

Louisiana Passes Law to Protect ED Workers | Emergency Department, workplace violence, Emergency Nurses Association
Louisiana Passes Law to Protect ED Workers

Louisiana recently became the 31st state to make it a felony to attack an emergency nurse, but the law is just one of the steps needed to prevent workplace violence, Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) officials said.


 
PHYSICIAN/HOSPITAL ALIGNMENT FOCUS

Partnering in a New Paradigm | Hospital Alignment, Physicians, Hospital Administrators, Bundled Payments, Pay for Performance, Physician Practice, MSO, Managed Services Organization, Paul Keckley, Navigant
Partnering in a New Paradigm

There’s no question healthcare delivery is in the middle of a transformational period highlighted by unprecedented consolidation. While there are a number of factors impacting alignment decisions, Paul Keckley, PhD, boiled the equation down to its simplest terms, “Economics drives behavior.”


 
Physician Practices Ally with Other Healthcare Providers | physician practices, ICD-10, accountable care organization, physician/hospital organization, independent practice association, Medical Group Management Association
Physician Practices Ally with Other Healthcare Providers

More than 40 percent of medical practice executives plan to informally integrate their practice with other healthcare organizations or already have, according to the Medical Group Management Association.


 
ORTHO & SPORTS MEDICINE FOCUS

NASS Takes a Proactive Approach to Evidence-Based Coverage Decisions
NASS Takes a Proactive Approach to Evidence-Based Coverage Decisions

In an effort to improve patient access to appropriate, evidence-based care, the North American Spine Society (NASS) recently released detailed policy recommendations for coverage of 13 common spine care treatments, procedures and diagnostics.


 
Guest Writers

RISK MANAGEMENT: Risks associated with EHRs/EMRs

A patient presented at the ER on the main campus of a multi-campus healthcare system for back pain. The only drug allergy listed in the chart was Lortab.


 
LEGAL AFFAIRS: The Work After the Legislative Session

Often times, I am asked, “now that the session is over, what do you do the rest of the year?” It’s an appropriate question to ask a lobbyist.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT : Dr. John Sledge | Dr. John Sledge, III, Dr. Clement Sledge, Isabella Sledge, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Maurice E. Muller Fellowship, Oberartz Inselspital Bern, Switzerland, Dr. John Cobb, Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, Rank Wildcat Spirits.
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT : Dr. John Sledge

Son of a sailor

At age 5, John Sledge, III, started sailing the coastline of his hometown of Marblehead, Mass., with his family. His dad, orthopedic pioneer Clement Sledge, showed him the ropes.


 
In The News

August 2014
 



St. Luke's Health System (ID) may acquire Weiser hospital

St. Luke's Health System may expand further west next year, based on an early agreement that would lead to its acquisition of Weiser Memorial Hospital, a small 25-bed public hospital that St. Luke's already manages. If the two organizations decide over the next six months to move forward to an acquisition, they will seek a public vote in Washington County, whose taxpayers support the hospital. If that passes, the Weiser hospital — including its Family Medical Center and Surgical Specialty Clinic — will join St. Luke's on April 1. The process started eight months ago, in December, when Weiser hospital leaders approached St. Luke's. Both organizations formed an integration committee and signed a confidentiality statement.

Posted Friday, August 22, 2014 6:18 am CDT

Are your organization's medical records vulnerable to theft?

A decade ago almost all doctors kept paper charts on every patient. That is changing quickly as laptops become as common as stethoscopes in exam rooms. Recent hacking attacks have raised questions about how safe that data may be. Here are some frequently asked questions about this evolution underway in American medicine and the government programs sparking the change. Are my medical records stored electronically? At least some of the information you share with your doctor or any hospital or clinic where you've been treated is probably stored on a computer. It's pretty common for most hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices to digitally store your basic information including your name, address and insurance company, the same way many retailers do.

Posted Friday, August 22, 2014 6:16 am CDT

Opinion: EHR must fit into doctor-patient relationship

As trite as it sounds, I went into medicine because I like science, and I like helping people. Twenty years after starting this adventure, I still come away at the end of most days satisfied and fulfilled about the things I do. Most humans feel good when they lift, help, or encourage others. I get opportunities to do this everyday. I find a lot of pleasure in helping to relieve suffering, getting to know people, and helping them find solutions to enjoy their lives. Over the years much has changed in medicine. New technology, medications, and evidence have improved some of the things we do. We can treat things we once could not. Posted Friday, August 22, 2014 6:15 am CDT

Preparing for Mass Casualties

The threat of disaster is growing — take lessons from the military to ensure that... Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Questions Raised about Regulating mHealth

There’s no denying that mHealth will play a huge role in the delivery system over... Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Flexibility a Key to Success for Financial Managers

Webinar presenters outline how flexibility, planning and a new way of approaching things ar... Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Marketing Magic for Your Medical Practice
Here are five marketing tips that work like magic to grow your patient base, through engaging with your community. Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:00 pm CDT

Quality and Precision Matter in Medical Coding
Medical providers need to be wary of vendors who sell compliance products. All companies who espouse compliance are not necessarily compliant. Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:00 pm CDT

Hospital-Physician Relations of the Past Could Hinder the Future
Hospitals are gearing up for shared risk and quality requirements under the Affordable Care Act that will affect hospital-physician interaction. Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:00 am CDT

Dems find ObamaCare ammo
Vulnerable Democrats are finding ways to tout ObamaCare in an election cycle where the unpopular law was expected to be a liability for their party.The most overt emphasis on healthcare came this week, when Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) debuted an... Posted Friday, August 22, 2014 5:00 am CDT

Dems launch 'war on women' ad against Gardner
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has launched a new 30-second spot on Colorado airwaves attacking Rep. Cory Gardner (R) for supporting amendments to restrict abortion rights.The ad, which will air over the next two weeks, accuses Gardner... Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:24 pm CDT

Groups attack vulnerable Dems on late-term abortion bill
Anti-abortion groups are campaigning against three Democratic Senators in key battleground states who oppose a ban on late-term abortions. A coalition of groups including Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council Action, Students for... Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:14 pm CDT