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Gearing up for ICD-10

CMS confirms Oct. 1 switch; healthcare consultant offers cautionary notes

Successful completion of a full week of end-to-end testing of the new ICD-10 coding shows the healthcare industry is ready for the next step toward total conversion from ICD-9 coding ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

3-D Digital Mammography Comes to Acadiana | digital mammography, 3-D mammography, tomosynthesis, Hologic, Silenia Dimensions, Dr. Jamie Joseph, Our Lady of Lourdes RMC, ImageChecker CAD
3-D Digital Mammography Comes to Acadiana

Lourdes’ St. Agnes Breast Center is the first

The newest technology out there in breast imaging is in the Selenia® Dimensions ®3D breast tomosynthesis system by Hologic® at Our Lady of Lourdes RMC Imaging Network at St. Agnes Breast Center installed in January.


 
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT FOCUS

Gearing up for ICD-10 | ICD-9, ICD-10, Margie Maley, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, Marilyn Tavenner
Gearing up for ICD-10

CMS confirms Oct. 1 switch; healthcare consultant offers cautionary notes

Successful completion of a full week of end-to-end testing of the new ICD-10 coding shows the healthcare industry is ready for the next step toward total conversion from ICD-9 coding, Marilyn Tavenner, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said before her departure from the federal agency earlier this year.


 
Cuts to Medicaid Payments Hurt Physicians, Patients | Medicaid reimbursement, Affordable Care Act, Louisiana State Medical Society, Louisiana Hospital Association, primary care bump
Cuts to Medicaid Payments Hurt Physicians, Patients

For two years, family doctors in Louisiana got the same amount for treating Medicaid patients as Medicare enrollees, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.


 
Providers Fight Medicaid Billing Period Cut | Medicaid, timely filing limit, Ted Haik, Fred Mills, Acadian Ambulance, Iberia Medical Center
Providers Fight Medicaid Billing Period Cut

Protests by Lafayette-area hospitals and the state’s largest ambulance service have apparently convinced the state to reverse an abrupt decision that would have cut the Medicaid timely filing limit in half.


 
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & ADDICTION FOCUS

Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction | Marijuana, Cannabis, Medical Marijuana, Dr. Stuart Gitlow, American Society for Addiction Medicine, ASAM, National Institute for Drug Abuse, NIDA, THC
Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction

A conversation with ASAM President Dr. Stuart Gitlow

With three states plus the District of Columbia sanctioning recreational use of marijuana and virtually all other states either allowing for or considering decriminalization and/or medical use of the drug, the great marijuana debate has become a legislative hot topic over the last three years.


 
Guest Writers

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Back to the Capitol: A Look at the Upcoming Session

The 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will commence on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 12:00 noon.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Stewart Greathouse | Dr. Stewart Greathouse, Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Center, Beekeeping
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Stewart Greathouse

What’s the buzz?

Growing up between Lake Charles and Grand Lake, Stewart Greathouse enjoying living the rural life. But, it wasn’t until attending Pensacola Christian College that he received his calling to be a doctor.


 
In The News

April 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 



Tucson Medical Center to announce Mayo alliance

Tucson Medical Center will officially become part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network on Friday, giving local patients access to Mayo doctors' expertise. The collaboration, expected to be announced Friday morning, is not an ownership change, a name change or a merger. TMC remains independent and locally owned — the only locally owned community hospital in Tucson. Rather, the affiliation means that TMC will become a member of the Mayo network by paying a subscription fee and in return, be able to consult with Mayo Clinic doctors on an as needed basis. TMC officials would not disclose how much they paid for the subscription.

Posted Friday, May 1, 2015 7:51 am CDT

Roundtable: Clinical Integration for Physician Alignment

According to HealthLeaders Media research, an increasing number of health systems and physicians enter into clinical integration arrangements to gain expertise in population health management. Leaders who are developing clinical integration networks say the strategy is helping align physicians, metrics, and goals of care, but planning on the front end is crucial.

Posted Friday, May 1, 2015 7:19 am CDT

Medical Schools Target 30% Increase in Enrollment by 2019

Enrollment is on the rise, but lack of federally funded residency training positions is fueling concern among medical school deans about enrollment growth outpacing growth in graduate medical education.

Posted Friday, May 1, 2015 7:13 am CDT

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PAs Taking On a Leadership Role
PAs are overwhelmingly employed in clinical positions, yet there is also a great need for administrators with a PA-C credential. Posted Sunday, May 3, 2015 12:00 pm CDT

Tax Court Rules on Physician-Hospital Employment Bonuses
A recent U.S. Tax Court ruling should provide food for thought for physicians accepting guaranteed bonus payments from their hospital employer. Posted Sunday, May 3, 2015 10:00 am CDT

Managing Cash-Handling at Your Medical Practice
Making a few simple changes to your cash-handling procedures can potentially save your practice thousands of dollars. Posted Saturday, May 2, 2015 8:00 am CDT

Push to boost medical research gains traction
An unusual coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans is calling for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health, but the lawmakers must contend with spending caps known as the sequester. Bipartisan legislation introduced this... Posted Saturday, May 2, 2015 6:02 pm CDT

Almost 12 million gained Medicaid coverage under ObamaCare
More than 11.7 million more people have health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance through ObamaCare, new data show.The new report from the Obama administration shows that as of the end of February, there were... Posted Friday, May 1, 2015 4:22 pm CDT

Pennsylvania prepares backup plan for ObamaCare case
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on Friday outlined a contingency plan for his state in case the Supreme Court guts ObamaCare.Wolf’s plan calls for Pennsylvania to set up its own insurance marketplace if the court rules against the Obama... Posted Friday, May 1, 2015 1:02 pm CDT