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Quality Forum, Aledade Form New ACO

A Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and Aledade Inc. partnership has formed a new Accountable Care Organization made up of independent primary care providers in small and mid-sized cities. ...Read More

 



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Quality Forum, Aledade Form New ACO
A Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and Aledade Inc. partnership has formed a new Accountable Care Organization made up of independent primary care providers in small and mid-sized cities.
 
The Competing P’s: Provision & Payment | Value-Based Purchasing, Fee-For-Service, Fee-For-Performance, Cadillac Tax, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Medicare Reimbursement, Dion Sheidy, KPMG, Population Health, Employer Benefits, Healthcare Benefits
The Competing P’s: Provision & Payment

Changing reimbursement for new models of care

First the good news … providers are generally excited about the idea of moving to more holistic, integrated care with a focus on prevention, quality and outcomes.


 
Rural Hospitals Find ACO Help | Accountable Care Organization, National Rural ACO, Medicare Shared Savings Program, Lynn Barr, CMS
Rural Hospitals Find ACO Help

Two Louisiana hospitals are among more than 200 U.S. health systems that applied for $114 million in federal funds to help set up rural Accountable Care Organizations.


 
Guest Writers

Capitation-Related Changes Emerging

The growth of capitation may represent a juncture for the healthcare industry.


 
LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: A Report on Health Care Legislation

Below is a report of the 112 health care related bills that are moving through the 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. 


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Dani Bidros | Dr. Dani Bidros, Lafayette Brain and Spine, Dr. Stephen Goldware
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Dani Bidros

He’s a Braniac

At age 9, Dani Bidros moved to Lafayette, La. from Syria with his family. Growing up, his role model was older brother, Rafi, who became a plastic surgeon.


 
In The News

June 2015

Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.


 



Aging Doctors: Time for Mandatory Competency Testing?

The American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted in its June meeting that the time has come to address the issue of aging physicians more systematically, perhaps with formal guidelines and methods for competency testing. From Medpage Today.

Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 6:42 am CDT

AMA Delegate Blasts ICD-10 Implementation Requirements

"To think we can implement this huge undertaking all on one day is simply ridiculous," says the former president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.

Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 6:14 am CDT

VA law clarifies status of hospital patients

How do you know if you've been admitted to the hospital? It sounds like a trick question, but the murkiness surrounding the distinction between inpatient and outpatient status — in both instances you might spend the night, or nights, in the hospital — will be clarified with a law that takes effect July 1. Under legislation sponsored by state Sens. Dick Black, R-Loudoun County, and George Barker, D-Fairfax County, and passed this year in the General Assembly, patients in Virginia hospitals will be required to sign an acknowledgment that they understand that they are an outpatient, not an inpatient, when that status applies. The distinction has ramifications for billing and reimbursements, whether through Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 5:52 am CDT

Inpatient Care
Calculating the Cost of Length of Stay... Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 12:00 am CDT

Virginia Adds Observational Status Notification Requirement
Requirement designed to limit confusion about reimbursement for patients under observation.... Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 12:00 am CDT

Video: Health System Discovery Could Cure Rheumatoid Arthritis
A new approach to treating inflammatory disease could revolutionize care for rheumatoid arthritis an... Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:00 am CDT

Treating LGBT Patients at Your Medical Practice
Whether physicians personally agree or support LGBT rights should be a non-issue when it comes to providing the best possible care for all patients. Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 11:00 am CDT

Low Hanging Fruit: 4 Easy-to-Avoid Coding Mistakes
Medical coding is a challenge, but a dose of caution will help you to avoid many of the most common coding errors. Here are four areas to watch. Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 8:00 am CDT

Using Your EHR for Chronic Disease Management
Your practice's EHR contains a wealth of data. But are you using that data to help keep your patients healthy? Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 8:00 am CDT

ObamaCare ruling paves way for lobbying blitz
Healthcare lobbyists across Washington are hoping to win long-sought changes to ObamaCare now that the Supreme Court has affirmed the law is here to stay.Last week’s ruling in King v. Burwell has unfrozen the field for dozens of healthcare... Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 5:00 am CDT

$800M left over in ObamaCare reinsurance program
The federal government announced Tuesday that it has $800 million remaining in its reimbursement fund for health insurers this year, a sign that marketplaces under ObamaCare needed less life support than expected.The Obama administration paid out a... Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 5:14 pm CDT

Medical companies paid doctors $6.49B in 2014
Drug and medical device companies made $6.49 billion in payments to doctors and teaching hospitals in 2014, ranging from research funds to speaking fees, according to new government data. There have long been concerns that some of the... Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 3:05 pm CDT