Partnering in a New Paradigm

There’s no question healthcare delivery is in the middle of a transformational period highlighted by unprecedented consolidation. While there are a number of factors impacting alignment decisions, Paul Keckley, PhD, boiled the equation down to its simplest terms, “Economics drives behavior.” ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

Louisiana Passes Law to Protect ED Workers | Emergency Department, workplace violence, Emergency Nurses Association
Louisiana Passes Law to Protect ED Workers

Louisiana recently became the 31st state to make it a felony to attack an emergency nurse, but the law is just one of the steps needed to prevent workplace violence, Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) officials said.


 
PHYSICIAN/HOSPITAL ALIGNMENT FOCUS

Partnering in a New Paradigm | Hospital Alignment, Physicians, Hospital Administrators, Bundled Payments, Pay for Performance, Physician Practice, MSO, Managed Services Organization, Paul Keckley, Navigant
Partnering in a New Paradigm

There’s no question healthcare delivery is in the middle of a transformational period highlighted by unprecedented consolidation. While there are a number of factors impacting alignment decisions, Paul Keckley, PhD, boiled the equation down to its simplest terms, “Economics drives behavior.”


 
Physician Practices Ally with Other Healthcare Providers | physician practices, ICD-10, accountable care organization, physician/hospital organization, independent practice association, Medical Group Management Association
Physician Practices Ally with Other Healthcare Providers

More than 40 percent of medical practice executives plan to informally integrate their practice with other healthcare organizations or already have, according to the Medical Group Management Association.


 
ORTHO & SPORTS MEDICINE FOCUS

NASS Takes a Proactive Approach to Evidence-Based Coverage Decisions
NASS Takes a Proactive Approach to Evidence-Based Coverage Decisions

In an effort to improve patient access to appropriate, evidence-based care, the North American Spine Society (NASS) recently released detailed policy recommendations for coverage of 13 common spine care treatments, procedures and diagnostics.


 
Guest Writers

RISK MANAGEMENT: Risks associated with EHRs/EMRs

A patient presented at the ER on the main campus of a multi-campus healthcare system for back pain. The only drug allergy listed in the chart was Lortab.


 
LEGAL AFFAIRS: The Work After the Legislative Session

Often times, I am asked, “now that the session is over, what do you do the rest of the year?” It’s an appropriate question to ask a lobbyist.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT : Dr. John Sledge | Dr. John Sledge, III, Dr. Clement Sledge, Isabella Sledge, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Maurice E. Muller Fellowship, Oberartz Inselspital Bern, Switzerland, Dr. John Cobb, Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, Rank Wildcat Spirits.
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT : Dr. John Sledge

Son of a sailor

At age 5, John Sledge, III, started sailing the coastline of his hometown of Marblehead, Mass., with his family. His dad, orthopedic pioneer Clement Sledge, showed him the ropes.


 
In The News

August 2014
 



Transforming Cancer Care

Leaders from UNC Health Care are driving outcomes and patient engagement through a multidisciplinary model.

Posted Friday, August 29, 2014 6:50 am CDT

NFP Hospitals' Revenue Growth at 'All-Time Low'

Not-for-profit hospitals are feeling financially pinched as healthcare reform efforts seek to simultaneously increase healthcare accessibility, cut costs, and improve quality.

Posted Friday, August 29, 2014 6:45 am CDT

More data to be withheld from database of physician payments

A new problem has emerged with the federal government's Open Payments system, which is supposed to go live Sept. 30 and disclose payments to physicians by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. A couple weeks ago, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it would be withholding information on one-third of the payments, citing data inconsistencies in company submissions. Now, a source familiar with the matter tells ProPublica that CMS won't disclose another batch of payments: research grants made by pharmaceutical companies to doctors through intermediaries, such as contract research organizations. In these cases, doctors apparently have not been given a chance to verify and dispute payments attributed to them, as required by law. Posted Friday, August 29, 2014 6:31 am CDT

5 Strategies for Approaching Population Health

Everyone is using the phrase “population health” these days. But what d... Posted Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:00 am CDT

5 Strategies for Approaching Population Health

Everyone is using the phrase “population health” these days. But what d... Posted Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Ensuring High-Quality Care for All

Massachusetts General Hospital, recipient of the AHA's inaugural Equity of Care Award, shar... Posted Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Prioritizing Patients a Must for a Busy Practice, Physician
In order to help patients with diabetes who need my services most, I've implemented some pre-screening efforts to help prioritize our patient panel. Posted Monday, September 1, 2014 9:00 am CDT

The Current Malpractice Insurance Market: Coverage Red Flags for Docs
From inadequate cyber insurance to poor RAC audit coverage, many physicians are purchasing policies that could result in big losses down the line. Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 am CDT

Understanding 'Commercial Reasonableness'
Here's what the requirement to be "commercially reasonable" means under the Stark Law and Anti-kickback Statute and what physicians need to know. Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 8:00 am CDT

US should do more to contain Ebola outbreak, Sen. McCain says
The U.S. should do more, including possibly dispatching military assets, to combat the Ebola outbreak roiling at least five African nations, according to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)“All of us would like to see the United States more involved,” he... Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:07 am CDT

Judge strikes down Texas abortion restrictions
A federal just struck down a key provision of Texas’s new abortion law Friday, just days before it would have forced abortion clinics to close.U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said requiring clinics to meet ambulatory surgical center standards — on... Posted Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:15 am CDT

Docs, hospitals win delay in records deadline
Doctors and hospitals won a reprieve Friday when the Obama administration officially delayed part of an electronic health records (EHR) program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are now permitting healthcare providers to receive... Posted Friday, August 29, 2014 4:23 pm CDT