AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay

The first rule of marketing is to make sure you have a clear message. For the American Medical Association leadership, their position on the impending ICD-10 conversion could not be more straightforward … they want to see it stopped ...Read More

 



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In February, Ochsner Health System inked a two-year deal to manage Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., in a continuation of a national trend that has seen growing numbers of small hospitals seek outside expertise.


 
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ICD-10 FOCUS

AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay | ICD-10, Coding & Billing, Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, AMA, American Medical Association, CMS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ICD-10 Implementation
AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay

The first rule of marketing is to make sure you have a clear message. For the American Medical Association leadership, their position on the impending ICD-10 conversion could not be more straightforward … they want to see it stopped.


 
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Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Diabetes Control
Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Diabetes Control

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Legislative Affairs: Healthcare Bills are Pre-filed for the New Legislative Session

By the time you read this, The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will be in full swing.  The session commenced on March 10th and will adjourn sine die on Monday June 2, 2014.  To view a bill go to www.legis.la.gov


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Danette Null | Danette Null, Rosepine High School, McNeese State University, LSU Shreveport, Navy, Pensacola Naval Hospital, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, LSUHSC Family Medicine Residency program
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Danette Null

As an eight-year-old third grader, Danette Burnett knew that she wanted to become a doctor. "We were talking about the circulatory system and I just really found it fascinating, and wanted to learn more about the body,” she recalled. “And, I liked the idea of helping people. So, that just kind of always stuck with me.”


 
In The News

April 2014
 



CMS Poised to Announce ICD-10 Implementation Date

A two-day summit organized by the American Health Information Management Association has ended, and ICD-10 stakeholders say they are still waiting to hear from federal officials on a firm implementation date.

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:44 pm CDT

Anesthesiologists as 'Air Traffic Controllers of the OR'

Early results of a new program focusing on anesthesiologists' interactions with patients show promise toward improving patient satisfaction. "As hospitals prioritize patient satisfaction, anesthesiologists play a more visible role," says a Florida physician key to the program.

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:50 am CDT

CDC: Try Drug Stewardship to Curb Antibiotic Overuse

Healthcare providers that adopt a leadership model of drug stewardship can reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals, says the CDC.

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:57 am CDT

Effective Population Health Management

One health system's progress toward new coordinated care models required a radically different approach.

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Docs Should Go with the Flow

It seems inevitable that nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and similar providers, are going to expand their scope, so why are doctors fighting that?

Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Creating a Clinically Integrated Network

With more care being delivered outside the hospital, it is imperative to connect disparate parts of the system. In this video, Michael Hunt, D.O., explains how St. Vincent's Health Partners has created a clinically integrated network.

Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Ten Small Ways to Provide Great Customer Service to Patients

Providing great customer service at your medical practice boosts revenue and patient satisfaction. Here are 10 tips.

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:54 am CDT

Why Hospital-led Accountable Care Organizations are a Flawed Concept

Why CMS should do away with hospital-led ACOs, and instead, focus on physician-led ACOs.

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:43 am CDT

CMS: ICD-10 Announcement Coming 'in the Near Future'

With physicians and practices in limbo on the ICD-10 transition, CMS reaffirmed its commitment to the code set and says a new deadline will be announced shortly.

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:12 am CDT

Senate Dems: FDA e-cig regs don't go far enough
 Senate Democrats are concerned that children and teenagers could still gain access to candy-flavored electronic cigarettes under new rules from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA announced Thursday it is considering... Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:40 pm CDT

NBA's first gay player appointed to Obama's fitness council
 President Obama has appointed Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, to serve on his Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the White House said Thursday.Obama also tapped daytime television host Rachel Ray and... Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:06 pm CDT

ObamaCare enrollment extended again
Sick patients who obtained health coverage through ObamaCare's federal high-risk pool will have until June 30 to select a plan at HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration said Thursday. The special enrollment period applies to patients in the Pre-... Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:05 pm CDT