Federal Grants Mark New Cancer Research Era

Louisiana healthcare providers nailed down two of the 65 multi-million dollar research grants the National Cancer Institute awarded nationwide. ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

Federal Grants Mark New Cancer Research Era | LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, LSU Health Shreveport, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, National Cancer Institute, Ochsner Health System, Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, Willis-Knighton Health System and Desoto Regional Medical Center.
Federal Grants Mark New Cancer Research Era

Louisiana healthcare providers nailed down two of the 65 multi-million dollar research grants the National Cancer Institute awarded nationwide.


 
Olive Oil Compound Could Enhance Chemo | oleocanthol, National Cancer Institute, University of Louisiana at Monroe, extra virgin olive oil, Khalid El Sayed
Olive Oil Compound Could Enhance Chemo

Someday in the not-too-distant future, cancer patients could see smaller, less toxic and more effective chemotherapy dosages thanks to a compound found in extra virgin olive oil and researchers at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.


 
REIMBURSEMENT FOCUS

Reimbursement Revisit | Healthcare Reimbursement, Payment Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, Rob Lazerow, Advisory Board Company, Fee-for-Service, Pay-for-Performance, Bundled Payments, Shared Savings Program, ACOs
Reimbursement Revisit

A Look at payment innovation

While physicians and facilities have long had to keep up with different negotiated contract rates among payers, the reimbursement landscape has become much more varied over the last few years as a push toward payment innovation has ushered in a host of reimbursement options ranging from shared savings programs to bundled payments to carrot-and-stick compensation as applied to quality and efficiency metrics.


 
SENIOR HEALTH FOCUS

No Longer Last in Line | Nursing Home, Skilled Nursing Facility, SNF, Rehab, Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Senior Care, Long-term Care, LTAC, Post-acute Care, National HealthCare Corporation, NCH, Gerald Coggin
No Longer Last in Line | Nursing Home, Skilled Nursing Facility, SNF, Rehab, Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Senior Care, Long-term Care, LTAC, Post-acute Care, National HealthCare Corporation, NCH, Gerald Coggin
Gerald Coggin
No Longer Last in Line

The changing role of SNFs

Just as the notion of what’s considered ‘old’ has changed in today’s society … think ‘70 is the new 50’ … so too has the role and function of skilled nursing facilities.


 
Guest Writers

3D Printing: Just What the Doctor Ordered

For years we have seen 3D printing turn out a multitude of products; jewelry, jet engine parts, remote controls, sneakers.


 
Is A Physician Home Loan Right For You?

This is one of the most common mortgage questions we field. The answer is, it depends. It’s dependent on your personal financial situation and where you are in your career.


 
New State Law: Informed Consent Hierarchy

Healthcare professionals across the state should be aware of recently passed legislation involving Louisiana's informed consent statue.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT:  Dr. J. Dudley Atkinson, IV | Dr. J. Dudley Atkinson, IV, Ochsner Health System, Naval Postgraduate School, Tulane School of Medicine, LSU School of Medicine, Vans RV-14, Piper Arrow II, Ham radio.
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. J. Dudley Atkinson, IV

Hamming it up

During his lifetime, Baton Rouge native J. Dudley Atkinson IV has had several incarnations – petroleum engineer, Naval submarine officer, IT entrepreneur.


 
In The News

October 2014
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 



'Overtreatment' Debate Circles Back to Lung Cancer Screening

Low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer are either "something [lifesaving] that possibly changes the field," as one MD says, or are "incredibly flawed," as a CMS official puts it. But starting Jan 1, screenings must be covered by private insurance plans.

Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:04 am CDT

Defensive Medicine Still Prevalent Despite Tort Reform

A RAND study finds no evidence that tort reform laws are reducing the use of medically unnecessary defensive procedures and services, such as high-cost advanced imaging.

Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:48 am CDT

Medical costs up to 20% higher with hospital-owned physician groups

Raising fresh questions about healthcare consolidation, a new study shows hospital ownership of physician groups in California led to 10% to 20% higher costs overall. The UC Berkeley research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., illustrates the financial risks for employers, consumers and taxpayers as hospital systems nationwide acquire more physician practices. "I think this consolidation wave is virtually unstoppable," said James Robinson, the study's lead author and a UC Berkeley professor of health economics. "Left to itself, it will increase the cost of healthcare." Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:39 am CDT

Helping Docs to See the Whole Patient Story

Health IT systems can frustrate clinicians, forcing them to pull data from disparate system... Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Ebola Watch

Here is a daily compilation of the most up-to-date Ebola developments across the globe, as ... Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Improved Nursing Home Quality Ratings Could Help to Cut Readmissions

Efforts to collect and utilize better data across the continuum should help drive towards m... Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Minimize Frustration with Medical Practice Staff
Frustration goes way down when expectations are explicit and achievable. Frustration with staff provides a good example of the theory. Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:14 pm CDT

Five Ways to Control Technology Vendor Demos
Tech demos often focus on standard features that don't tell the whole story. Take control by providing vendors with a list of the problems you want to solve. Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:00 pm CDT

Strong Practice Leaders Understand the Competition
Practice management is about making decisions, but strong practice management is about making smart decisions. Here's how. Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:00 am CDT

Christie on Ebola: 'You're not going to get it'
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday poked fun at the "hysteria" surrounding press coverage of Ebola in the U.S. and shared his personal experience calming familial fears over the deadly disease. Discussing his New Jersey's Ebola... Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:39 pm CDT

Dallas nurse cleared of Ebola
The second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola appears to have beaten the virus while receiving care at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The nurse, Amber Vinson, is "regaining strength" and health officials are "no longer able to detect virus in... Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:14 pm CDT

GOP Senate candidates seize on Ebola
Republican Senate candidates are redoubling their focus on Ebola to indict the Obama administration in the final two weeks of the midterm election campaign.Virginia's Ed Gillespie became the first GOP hopeful to release a detailed statement on Ebola... Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:57 pm CDT