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SGR Fix Marks Start of New Debate

The end of the much-despised sustainable growth rate won’t end physicians’ issues with Medicare payments, but it does provide a new starting point for those conversations. ...Read More

 



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SGR Fix Marks Start of New Debate | SGR, doc fix, Medicare, payment model
SGR Fix Marks Start of New Debate

The end of the much-despised sustainable growth rate won’t end physicians’ issues with Medicare payments, but it does provide a new starting point for those conversations.


 
Chronic Disease Requires New Care Model | chronic disease, Ochsner, Coumadin clinic, healthcare delivery model, integrated practice unit
Chronic Disease Requires New Care Model

The current healthcare delivery model is hopelessly inadequate when it comes to managing chronic disease, but a new approach combining team-based care and technology may be the answer.


 
Gulf South Quality Network Expands to Acadiana | Gulf South Quality Network; Bill Bopp; Dr. Andy Blalock
Gulf South Quality Network Expands to Acadiana

Gulf South Quality Network has officially expanded beyond its New Orleans-based roots to Acadiana.


 
WOMEN'S HEALTH FOCUS

Society for Women’s Health Research | Society for Women’s Health Research, SWHR, Florence Haseltine, Phyllis Greenberger, Martha Nolan, National Institutes of Health, NIH, Office of Women’s Health Research, Institute of Medicine, IOM, WHOA, Women’s Health Office Act, Sex-Based Biology, Gender Health Analytics
Society for Women’s Health Research

Celebrating 25 years of moving the science forward

Are women being adequately represented in clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health?


 
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOCUS

HIT: Optimization Through Integration | HIT, Health Information Technology, HIMSS15, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Optimization, Chris Miller, Cumberland Consulting Group, Deb Dulac, Technology Governance Structure, Meaningful Use, ICD-10, Population Management, Patient Engagement, Accountable Care Models
HIT: Optimization Through Integration

You can love it, hate it, fear it or revere it … but technology has become an integral part of healthcare processes on both a clinical and operational level.


 
Guest Writers

LEGAL AFFAIRS: A Look at Healthcare-Related Bills Under Consideration

By the time that you read this, the 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will be in full swing. The Louisiana Constitution mandates that the state legislature must adjourn no later than 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2015, Sine Die.


 
Physician Spotlight

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Charles Wyatt | Dr. Charles Wyatt, Be A Heartstarter, Blue Soul, Louisiana Heart, Lung & Vascular Center at Regional Medical Center of Acadiana
Physician Spotlight: Dr. Charles Wyatt

Getting to the heart of it

From a young age, Charles Wyatt was a self-starter. Then, he became a heart-starter. At age 14, he was the youngest CPR instructor trainer ever certified by the American Heart Association for the state of Texas.


 
In The News

May 2015 In the News
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 



West Georgia Health Set to Join WellStar

"We were looking for a strong partner, but we were also looking for a good fit," says West Georgia Health's CEO. "Culturally, I believe this is a very good marriage."

Posted Friday, May 22, 2015 7:12 am CDT

LifePoint Signs Partnership Deal with WI Medical Center

LifePoint will own 80% of the joint venture with Wisconsin's Watertown Regional Medical Center, which will retain a 20% ownership stake in the hospital if the deal is approved by regulators.

Posted Friday, May 22, 2015 7:09 am CDT

Westchester Medical Takes Majority Ownership of NY's Bon Secours Charity Health

Under the joint venture finalized this week, WMC has taken 60% ownership and controls day-to-day operations of Bon Secours Charity Health.

Posted Friday, May 22, 2015 7:06 am CDT

The Importance of Preventing Burnout Among Physicians and Nurses

Advocates of health care reform often talk about the Triple Aim. However, there is a key co... Posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 am CDT

Throwback Thursday: Revisiting Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Through Pictures

This state-of-the-art medical facility addition was completed in 1961. Its entrance canopy ... Posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 am CDT

The Changing Role of Pharmacy

From Supporting Role to Strategic Contributor

... Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00 am CDT

Trusts vs. Annuities: Leaving Assets to Heirs
Leaving assets can be particularly tricky with spendthrift heirs or those with personal issues. Here are two financial vehicles to consider. Posted Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 am CDT

Medicine is about Sustainability, HealthIT Not Yet
When you look for guidance on the sustainability of technology, look to the government. No, not HHS, but instead the U.S. Department of Defense. Posted Monday, May 25, 2015 8:00 am CDT

Get Your Medical Practice Paid: 4 Revenue Tips
Make sure your practice is getting paid what it is owed for the work you perform with these four tips. Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 10:00 am CDT

Lawmakers sound alarm on drug overdose deaths
Members of both parties are turning their attention to fighting an alarming increase in the number of drug overdose deaths, in particular from heroin and prescription painkillers.The issue has united Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)... Posted Monday, May 25, 2015 6:00 am CDT

Calif. ObamaCare exchange caps patient drug costs
California’s ObamaCare exchange is announcing a cap on patients’ costs for high-priced specialty drugs, the first state in the country to do so. The announcement, which comes after a unanimous vote by the exchange’s board Thursday, would cap... Posted Friday, May 22, 2015 12:13 pm CDT

More people able to pay medical bills under ObamaCare
A new study finds that since ObamaCare went into effect, more people are able to pay their family medical bills.The study from the Urban Institute finds that the number of adults having trouble paying bills declined from 22 percent in September 2013... Posted Friday, May 22, 2015 8:16 am CDT