Feds Propose Emergency Prep Rules But at What Cost?

The federal government’s proposed emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and 16 other healthcare providers and suppliers closely follow those of the Joint Commission, but questions remain about the costs to comply with the guidelines. ...Read More

 



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Chef MD | Dr. Timothy Harlan, The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, Dr. David Eisenberg, Dr. Benjamin Sachs, Dr. Bob Elson, Emory University School of Medicine, ReFresh.
Chef MD

Medicine and nutrition: delicious together

From an early age, Timothy Harlan knew that cooking was his calling. At age 11, the Atlanta native started washing dishes in a restaurant.


 
New ACO Targets Cost Curve, Quality | UnitedHealthcare, Ochsner Health System, Acccountable Care Organization, cost curve, patient satisfaction, outcomes, quality
New ACO Targets Cost Curve, Quality

Ochsner Health System, Ochsner Physician Partners and UnitedHealthcare of Louisiana have launched a new accountable care organization the partners hope will eventually achieve healthcare’s Holy Grail: bending the cost curve.


 
Ochsner Iberville Medical Complex
 
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Feds Propose Emergency Prep Rules But at What Cost? | Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, American Hospital Association, Louisiana Hospital Association, Hurricane Katrina, emergency preparedness
Feds Propose Emergency Prep Rules But at What Cost?

The federal government’s proposed emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and 16 other healthcare providers and suppliers closely follow those of the Joint Commission, but questions remain about the costs to comply with the guidelines.


 
ONCOLOGY FOCUS

Teaming Up to Turn the Tide on Pancreatic Cancer | Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, PanCAN, Stand Up To Cancer, SU2C, Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team, Lynn Matrisian, Elizabeth Jaffee, Oncology, Immunotherapy, Cancer Vaccine
Teaming Up to Turn the Tide on Pancreatic Cancer

Deadly and defiant, pancreatic cancer was one of the major oncologic threats Congress hoped to address with passage of the “Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act,” which was signed into law at the beginning of 2013.


 
Guest Writers

Legal Review: Don't Let Others Build a Business off of Your Practice and Place You at Risk 

Physician practices are always looking for margin growth opportunities, and rightfully so given the current state of practicing medicine. 


 
LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: From Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Bayou Heath has put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Louisiana's Medicaid managed care program on the Louisiana Procurement and Contract Network site.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN  SPOTLIGHT:  Dr. Laura Lazarus | Dr. Laura Lazarus, Tufts University, Hahnemann University School of Medicine, LSU Medical School, Northwestern Medical School, Lynn Sage Breast Center, Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, Mount Kilimanjaro, trapeze
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Laura Lazarus

Defying gravity

When it comes to an adventure, Dr. Laura Lazarus reaches new heights. After her sister treated her to a trapeze lesson, she took up the flying version.


 
In The News

September 2014
 



Open Payments Site Launches to User Complaints

Data released under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act shows $3.5 billion in drug and medical device company payments of $10 or more to doctors and teaching hospitals in the last five months of 2013.

Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:56 am CDT

Payer Calls for More Primary Care Docs, Team Care

Despite a projected surge in primary care visits as a result of coverage expansion, only one in six recent medical school graduates say they will pursue primary care as their field of residency, survey data from UnitedHealth shows.

Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:49 am CDT

Dallas hospital diagnoses first patient with Ebola

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Tuesday the first case of Ebola in a critically ill patient diagnosed in a U.S. hospital. The patient — who has been isolated since his symptoms were recognized — is an unnamed man in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital in Dallas. Hospital workers noted his case because of his symptoms and recent travel history. It is not known whether he has infected others, although CDC officials are tracing his contacts. The man left Liberia Sept. 19 and arrived in the USA the next day but had no symptoms when leaving Africa or arriving here, said Thomas Frieden, the CDC director.

Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:41 am CDT

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Make Full Use of Your Medical Practice Staff
When staff members are overloaded, look for simple ways to maximize their productivity. You don't always need to add staff. Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 2:00 pm CDT

ABCs of Coding Vaccine Administration
Reporting vaccine administration can be tricky. Practices should review most recent updates and be aware of differences between commercial and federal payers. Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 1:00 pm CDT

5 Common Medical Practice Denials and Remedies: July 2014
RemitDATA's Aaron Hood explores the most common unexpected denials at practices nationwide, with a special focus on psychiatry and neurology. Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:00 pm CDT

US Ebola fears grow
  Fears are rising about the spread of Ebola in Texas after health officials revealed an infected patient had come into contact with nearly 20 people over the weekend. Health officials said they are working to track down every person... Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:51 pm CDT

Parents fearing Ebola pull kids from school
Some Dallas parents pulled their children out of school Wednesday after health officials said five area children had come into contact with an Ebola patient over the weekend.  The five children were kept at home Wednesday, but... Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:21 pm CDT

US Ebola patient flew United Airlines from DC
The first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the U.S. flew on a pair of United Airlines' flights last month, the company confirmed on Wednesday. The company said the Ebola-stricken passenger traveled on its Flight 951 from... Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:11 pm CDT