Federal Proposals Threaten Rural Hospitals
Two of the Obama administration’s proposals – to cut $2.1 billion in critical-access hospital payments and to slash the number of those hospitals – would devastate rural communities in Louisiana. ...Read More
|Federal Proposals Threaten Rural Hospitals|
Two of the Obama administration’s proposals – to cut $2.1 billion in critical-access hospital payments and to slash the number of those hospitals – would devastate rural communities in Louisiana.
|Obamacare May Boost ED Revenue|
Two recent studies show hospital emergency departments should get a revenue boost from patients now covered through the Affordable Care Act.
An early analysis of the federal health exchange
After a very rough start, the federal health exchange managed a healthy rebound before the March 31 general signup deadline. Similarly, state exchanges have hit some glitches but are also now up and running.
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Report card highlights deficits in children’s physical activity
Remember when P.E. was the ‘easy A’ in school? Evidently that’s no longer true.
The 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth highlights just how far the country has fallen off the honor roll when it comes to getting our school-aged kids to move and play.
|LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Legislative Session Wraps|
The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature wrapped up on June 2, 2014 at 6 PM. The 2014 session will be one remembered as having a lot of consternation with regard to healthcare measures.
|PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. John R. Breaux|
Sitting on the dock of the bayou
While sitting on a dock along Bayou Lafourche, Donaldsonville native John R. Breaux was inspired to become a doctor.
|Premium Subsidy Fight Creating Uncertainty for Hospitals, Health Plans|
A pair of conflicting rulings regarding tax credits for those who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace is a "credit negative" for health plans and not-for-profit hospitals, Moody's Investors Service says. Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:02 am CDT
|IOM Identifies GME Problems, Calls for Finance Changes|
Downplaying the physician shortage, an IOM report's recommendations for improving the graduate medical education system include refocusing areas of clinical emphasis and changing how GME is financed. Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:55 am CDT
|A health trade-off that's here to stay: Lower cost, limited choice|
Traditionally, there were a few ways that health insurers could keep premiums low for individual health plans. They could select people with no prior health problems, to limit the chances of getting stuck with big hospital bills. They could pare back the services and products they offered to avoid ones that could be expensive, like maternity care or prescription drugs. They could increase premiums or deductibles so their customers would pay a larger share of any eventual bills. By changing the rules, the Affordable Care Act pushed health insurers toward a new strategy: limiting the choice of doctors and hospitals they'll pay for. Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:32 am CDT
|Health insurers press to exempt millions from ACA|
You would think that with the latest news that the health insurance lobby is still laundering money for attack ads against Democrats who supported ObamaCare, the Democratic leadership would slam the door on any requests from the industry. But no.... Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:30 am CDT
|Bipartisan support for the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act|
With Republicans and Democrats divided on so many policy issues, it is gratifying to see the parties agree on an approach to a serious public health problem — traumatic brain injury (TBI). In June, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R... Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:30 am CDT
|Should kids' health program be extended?|
Congressional leaders are asking governors if the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) should be extended before it is set to run out of funds next year. Top lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Finance... Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 5:35 pm CDT