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SGR Fix Marks Start of New Debate

The end of the much-despised sustainable growth rate won’t end physicians’ issues with Medicare payments, but it does provide a new starting point for those conversations. ...Read More

 



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SGR Fix Marks Start of New Debate | SGR, doc fix, Medicare, payment model
SGR Fix Marks Start of New Debate

The end of the much-despised sustainable growth rate won’t end physicians’ issues with Medicare payments, but it does provide a new starting point for those conversations.


 
Chronic Disease Requires New Care Model | chronic disease, Ochsner, Coumadin clinic, healthcare delivery model, integrated practice unit
Chronic Disease Requires New Care Model

The current healthcare delivery model is hopelessly inadequate when it comes to managing chronic disease, but a new approach combining team-based care and technology may be the answer.


 
Gulf South Quality Network Expands to Acadiana | Gulf South Quality Network; Bill Bopp; Dr. Andy Blalock
Gulf South Quality Network Expands to Acadiana

Gulf South Quality Network has officially expanded beyond its New Orleans-based roots to Acadiana.


 
WOMEN'S HEALTH FOCUS

Society for Women’s Health Research | Society for Women’s Health Research, SWHR, Florence Haseltine, Phyllis Greenberger, Martha Nolan, National Institutes of Health, NIH, Office of Women’s Health Research, Institute of Medicine, IOM, WHOA, Women’s Health Office Act, Sex-Based Biology, Gender Health Analytics
Society for Women’s Health Research

Celebrating 25 years of moving the science forward

Are women being adequately represented in clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health?


 
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOCUS

HIT: Optimization Through Integration | HIT, Health Information Technology, HIMSS15, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Optimization, Chris Miller, Cumberland Consulting Group, Deb Dulac, Technology Governance Structure, Meaningful Use, ICD-10, Population Management, Patient Engagement, Accountable Care Models
HIT: Optimization Through Integration

You can love it, hate it, fear it or revere it … but technology has become an integral part of healthcare processes on both a clinical and operational level.


 
Guest Writers

LEGAL AFFAIRS: A Look at Healthcare-Related Bills Under Consideration

By the time that you read this, the 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will be in full swing. The Louisiana Constitution mandates that the state legislature must adjourn no later than 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2015, Sine Die.


 
Physician Spotlight

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Charles Wyatt | Dr. Charles Wyatt, Be A Heartstarter, Blue Soul, Louisiana Heart, Lung & Vascular Center at Regional Medical Center of Acadiana
Physician Spotlight: Dr. Charles Wyatt

Getting to the heart of it

From a young age, Charles Wyatt was a self-starter. Then, he became a heart-starter. At age 14, he was the youngest CPR instructor trainer ever certified by the American Heart Association for the state of Texas.


 
In The News

May 2015 In the News
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 



What Happens When Physicians Know the Total Cost of Care

A physicians practice learns important lessons about its referral and patient care patterns from a project that measures cost and resource data—and lets physician leaders see the reports.

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:20 am CDT

Reducing Scans, Improving Care
Decision-support tools and continual monitoring of imaging study use are helping healthcare leaders limit unnecessary exposure and waste. Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 7:06 am CDT

'Less Is More': The Next Big Thing for Medicine

Proponents of less-is-more medicine stress that its focus is avoiding harm rather than mere cost-cutting, which consumers fear might reduce access to necessary care. But it's also clear that targeting tests and procedures that offer little or no value will reduce wasteful spending. From MedPage Today.

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:54 am CDT

Investors Struggle to Evaluate Population Health Strategies

Institutional investors want hospital CEOs to articulate how their operations will fit in t... Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:00 am CDT

Improving Physicians' Communication Skills

Doctors who listen carefully, sit down at the bedside and treat patients with respect will ... Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:00 am CDT

Tailoring Therapies to the Patient

A unique partnership between American clinicians and Dutch researchers aims to bring target... Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:00 am CDT

Medicare Fraud: One Item Every Physician Should Avoid
Recent court rulings underscore the importance of maintaining compliance with Medicare billing. Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:00 am CDT

Medical Claim Denials and Remedies: Trends for Spring 2015
Get insight on the most common unexpected denials at practices nationwide, with a special focus on endocrinology, from RemitDATA. Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:00 am CDT

Son's ICD-10 Software Helps Save Dad's Solo Practice
ICD-10 Charts is a free tool to aid the coding transition, but also a gift from a son to his internist father to keep his private medical practice alive. Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:00 am CDT

Actuaries: GOP plans won't prevent an ObamaCare meltdown
Republicans have spent months pitching ideas on how to limit the fallout from next month’s Supreme Court decision, which could wipe out ObamaCare subsidies in 34 states.But so far, none of their proposals are likely to stave off the massive... Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:15 am CDT

House GOP challenges Obama in court
brightcove.createExperiences(); A federal judge on Thursday volleyed tough questions at the Obama administration during oral arguments in the House Republican lawsuit against... Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:33 am CDT

New rule ignites fight over insurer profits
A sweeping new Obama administration regulation is reigniting the debate over the profits of health insurance companies. The rule, released late Tuesday, states that insurance companies that manage Medicaid plans have to spend at least 85... Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:00 am CDT