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
 



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

Four Major Challenges Harming Physicians' Reputations
These four challenges have the unfortunate ability to largely overshadow a physician's professional accomplishments, board certifications, and industry accolades. Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 8:08 am CDT

When War and Medicine Combine: A Physician Reflects
The shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines jet over Ukraine may have an effect on the health of the world's citizens for years to come. Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:07 am CDT

Incorporating Meditation in Your Medical Practice
The most tangible benefit of meditation is the sense of calm and peace, even balance that you feel. It is also a great technique to foster the art of customer service. Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:07 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