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State Wellness Program Swells

A state program designed to encourage healthy behaviors has grown from one WellSpot to more than five dozen in just six months. ...Read More

 



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State Wellness Program Swells | Well-Ahead Louisiana, WellSpot, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Milken Institute, wellness
State Wellness Program Swells

A state program designed to encourage healthy behaviors has grown from one WellSpot to more than five dozen in just six months.


 
Hospitals Scramble to Ensure Ebola Training, Equipment in Place | Ebola, Personal Protective Equipment, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Centers for Disease Control, pandemic
Hospitals Scramble to Ensure Ebola Training, Equipment in Place

The potential threat of Ebola sent Louisiana health officials and hospitals rushing to make sure staff and healthcare providers have the proper training and equipment to deal with the latest infection control protocols.


 
AMA’s Telemedicine Push | American Medical Association, AMA, telemedicine resolution, Dr. Robert Wah, Institute of Medicine, IOM, “Telemedicine: A Guide to Assessing Telecommunications for Health Care,” Dr. Charles F. Willson, Council on Medical Service.
AMA’s Telemedicine Push

Evolution improves health outcomes, accelerates medical education change, and enhances physician satisfaction and practice sustainability

In June, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution addressing telemedicine as a key innovation in support of healthcare delivery reform.


 
PHARMACEUTICALS FOCUS

Urgent & Emergent

Getting new treatments through the FDA pipeline

On average, it takes 12 years and more than $500 million … sometimes significantly more … to move a new drug from bench to bedside in the United States.


 
FINANCIAL PLANNING FOCUS

Tax Time: Getting Your Financial House in Order | Income Tax, 2014 Tax Rules, Tax Extenders, 179 Depreciation, HORNE LLP, Tony Jones, Tax Accountant
Tax Time: Getting Your Financial House in Order

After the sticker shock that accompanied last year’s tax code regulations, many will be happy that 2014 is going out on a quieter note.


 
Guest Writers

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Notes from the Louisiana Health Care Commission November Meeting

Chairman Donna Fraiche called the meeting to order on November 7. She welcomed the newest member of the council Diana Davison from Roy O. Martin Lumber Company headquartered in Alexandria.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Yvens Laborde
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Yvens Laborde

His Brothers’ Keepers

It’s been almost five years since the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010, killing over 250,000, injuring over 300,000 and displacing over 1.5 million people.


 
In The News

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



HL20: Rebecca Katz—Cooking Up Sustainable Nourishment

Chef Rebecca Katz's life changed when her father began a battle with laryngeal cancer in 1999. That event spurred her belief that food is a key element in cancer care and her quest to change the American diet. Having cooked for various cancer patients and published a book on the topic, she promotes "sustainable nourishment as a way to improve American health."

Posted Friday, December 19, 2014 7:04 am CST

HL20: Peter Semczuk, DDS, MPH—Taking on the Big Challenges

Peter Semczuk, DDS, MPH, has been working in New York City for more than 20 years. In that time he has helped transform the Bronx's Montefiore Medical Center's ED into one of the most renowned in the country. As an industry leader, Montefiore has helped assist in numerous endeavors, including the development of New York state's first freestanding ED.

Posted Friday, December 19, 2014 7:01 am CST

No Boost to NFP Hospital Bond Ratings from Medicaid Expansion
The neutral effect of Medicaid expansion comes even though some not-for-hospitals are seeing payer mix changes that are "really extraordinary," a Standard & Poor's Ratings Services senior executive says. Posted Friday, December 19, 2014 6:56 am CST

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Physicians' Quality Does Impact Cost
The most asked question from state legislators: Does physician quality really impact cost? Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 9:45 am CST

The Inadequacy of HIPAA Policies and Procedures
The importance of HIPAA policies and procedures should not be overlooked. Doing so can be costly. Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:00 am CST

How to Deal with an Annoying Medical Practice Coworker
People are often oblivious to their irritating habits. Here are strategies for dealing with three types of irksome behavior. Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 1:00 pm CST

OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Uninsured rate headed for new low
The percent of Americans without insurance is on track to reach a historic low after the country’s unprecedented surge in healthcare sign-ups last year, newly released government data show. About 9.7 million people gained coverage in ObamaCare’s... Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:24 pm CST

More hospitals improve care, increase payment from Medicare
More hospitals will be rewarded with bigger payments from Medicare because of improved patient ratings this year, a sign that incentives under ObamaCare are helping to improve treatment.The number of hospitals receiving extra money from Medicare... Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 4:37 pm CST

UK report: WHO failed on Ebola
A U.K. parliamentary committee rebuked the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday for failures in its response to the Ebola epidemic. The House of Commons International Development Committee issued a report criticizing WHO for bureaucratic... Posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 3:32 pm CST