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.


 
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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
 



'Early Offer' Malpractice Programs May Spur Reform

Much of the activity in what one researcher calls "second-generation" malpractice reform is occurring not in state legislative chambers, but at the hospital level through a variety of medical injury dispute resolution programs.

Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:56 am CDT

Narrow Networks Cut Costs, Not Quality, Economists Say
Research on Massachusetts government workers finds no evidence that narrow network enrollment is associated with a shift towards lower quality hospitals. Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:47 am CDT

Better HCAHPS Scores Protect Revenue

Providing an excellent patient experience is tied more closely than ever to reimbursements.

Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:42 am CDT

As Hospital Payment Systems Change, So Do CFOs' Jobs

Hospital and health system chief financial officers are in for a slew of new and changed re... Posted Friday, October 3, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Financial Risks in Physician Employment

Hospital leaders will need to get creative to find arrangements with physicians that will b... Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:00 am CDT

How Payers, Providers Can Team Up to Improve Palliative Care

It’s good for seriously ill patients and good for the bottom line. Get started wi... Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Celebrity Death Shines Spotlight on Surgical Centers
As freestanding surgical centers continue to proliferate, physicians should keep a close eye on patient care standards, compliance, and asset protection. Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:00 pm CDT

The Overextended Primary-care Physician
When is it OK to refuse extra responsibilities in your medical group? Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:00 pm CDT

Six Ways to Mitigate HIPAA Violations
This 60-second video clip will help your medical practice identify six ways to reduce the likelihood of a HIPAA breach due to cyber crime. Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10:00 am CDT

Officials: No risk of Ebola outbreak in US
 Federal health officials on Tuesday told Congress that there is little risk of a serious Ebola outbreak in the United States, even if a patient with the virus arrived undetected on U.S. soil. While warning lawmakers of the severity of the... Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:57 pm CDT

Obama at CDC warns Ebola outbreak ‘spiraling out of control’
President Obama on Tuesday warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "spiraling out of control" and could see "hundreds of thousands of people infected" if the world does not act."It's getting worse," Obama said after a briefing with... Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:39 pm CDT

Obama, Ebola survivor meet in Oval Office
President Obama met in the Oval Office Tuesday with a U.S. doctor who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia, a spokesman said. Obama met with Kent Brantly, the Ebola survivor, and his wife, Amber, White House press secretary Josh... Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:05 pm CDT