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Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals

In early 2012, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients initiative, it had two major goals: ...Read More

 



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Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals | Louisiana Hospital Association, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Partnership for Patients initiative, Hospital Engagement Network, Ken Alexander, Michelle Smith, quality improvement specialists
Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals

In early 2012, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients initiative, it had two major goals:


 
New Medicare Code Offers Promise, Revenue | Code 99490, CMS, eQHealth, chronic disease management, Medicare, reimbursement
New Medicare Code Offers Promise, Revenue

A new reimbursement code for chronically ill Medicare patients could allow the typical primary care physician to bill an estimated $250,000 a year.


 
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By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer | Cancer, Oncology, Cancer Death Rates, Mortality Rates, American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015, Lung Cancer, Breast, Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Margaret Foti, Julie Fleshman, John Seffrin, Precision Medicine Initiative
By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer

Death rates down, more work awaits

As the ‘official sponsor of birthdays,’ the American Cancer Society (ACS) found a reason to rejoice in their latest report – Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.


 
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Personalized Messaging | Healthcare Marketing, Chris Bevolo, Target Marketing, Target Audience, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, ReviveHealth, Interval Health, Joe Public
Personalized Messaging

A marketing manifesto

With better understanding of the human genome, physicians and researchers have opened up exciting new lines of personalized medicine where providers deliver radiation with pinpoint accuracy and tailor treatments to fit a patient’s unique needs.


 
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PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Teresa King | Dr. Teresa King, Ochsner Health System, Golden Doodles, Tiger HATS
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Teresa King

Working Like a Dog

Dr. Teresa King has always been an animal lover. Growing up, she rode and showed horses as a hobby.


 
In The News

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



SCOTUS Hears Latest Obamacare Challenge
Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy are seen by many court watchers as the two potential swing votes in the case. Posted Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:04 am CST

Two more hospitals report 'superbugs' on endoscopes

Two more hospitals—one in California and one in Connecticut—reported they'd found drug-resistant "superbugs" on a hard-to-clean type of medical equipment that's under federal scrutiny. The devices, called duodenoscopes, have been modified in a way that allows germs to stick to them, the Food and Drug Administration says. They've been blamed for an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria that's killed at least two patients and infected five more at UCLA's hospital. The university has warned about 180 people that they may have had the same contaminated scope used on them.

Posted Thursday, March 5, 2015 6:55 am CST

Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision

As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court's ruling, expected by late June, will determine whether millions of Americans will keep receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The White House, which said it is confident the justices will rule in favor of the subsidies that are a key element of Obamacare, said it has no immediate fix if the decision goes the other way. Posted Thursday, March 5, 2015 6:52 am CST

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Seven Ways to Boost Medical Practice Productivity
Productivity will determine how successful a medical practice is against its competition. Here are some ways to step up the productivity level at your practice. Posted Thursday, March 5, 2015 8:00 am CST

Study: EHRs Slow Down Smaller Medical Practices More
EHRs may have an unintended side effect for smaller practices; namely, the disruption of existing communication patterns. Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 2:00 pm CST

Why Aren't More Doctors Using Telehealth?
Telecommunication technology holds great promise in improving both patient outcomes and access to care. So what's the problem? Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 2:00 pm CST

Few clues from Roberts on fate of ObamaCare at Supreme Court
The Supreme Court appeared deeply divided Wednesday on whether to curtail subsidies under ObamaCare, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy providing few clues about where they might fall.Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in... Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 7:57 pm CST

5 takeaways from ObamaCare case
The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a new challenge to ObamaCare that threatens to end insurance subsidies for millions of people.While oral arguments are not an accurate barometer of how the court will rule, a divide among the... Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 5:58 pm CST

OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: Court split on ObamaCare challenge
The Supreme Court appeared deeply divided Wednesday on whether to curtail tax subsidies under ObamaCare, with Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy providing few clues about how they might rule.Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in favor... Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 5:40 pm CST