State Wellness Program Swells

A state program designed to encourage healthy behaviors has grown from one WellSpot to more than five dozen in just six months. ...Read More


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State Wellness Program Swells | Well-Ahead Louisiana, WellSpot, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Milken Institute, wellness
State Wellness Program Swells

A state program designed to encourage healthy behaviors has grown from one WellSpot to more than five dozen in just six months.

Hospitals Scramble to Ensure Ebola Training, Equipment in Place | Ebola, Personal Protective Equipment, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Centers for Disease Control, pandemic
Hospitals Scramble to Ensure Ebola Training, Equipment in Place

The potential threat of Ebola sent Louisiana health officials and hospitals rushing to make sure staff and healthcare providers have the proper training and equipment to deal with the latest infection control protocols.

AMA’s Telemedicine Push | American Medical Association, AMA, telemedicine resolution, Dr. Robert Wah, Institute of Medicine, IOM, “Telemedicine: A Guide to Assessing Telecommunications for Health Care,” Dr. Charles F. Willson, Council on Medical Service.
AMA’s Telemedicine Push

Evolution improves health outcomes, accelerates medical education change, and enhances physician satisfaction and practice sustainability

In June, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution addressing telemedicine as a key innovation in support of healthcare delivery reform.


Urgent & Emergent

Getting new treatments through the FDA pipeline

On average, it takes 12 years and more than $500 million … sometimes significantly more … to move a new drug from bench to bedside in the United States.


Tax Time: Getting Your Financial House in Order | Income Tax, 2014 Tax Rules, Tax Extenders, 179 Depreciation, HORNE LLP, Tony Jones, Tax Accountant
Tax Time: Getting Your Financial House in Order

After the sticker shock that accompanied last year’s tax code regulations, many will be happy that 2014 is going out on a quieter note.

Guest Writers

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Notes from the Louisiana Health Care Commission November Meeting

Chairman Donna Fraiche called the meeting to order on November 7. She welcomed the newest member of the council Diana Davison from Roy O. Martin Lumber Company headquartered in Alexandria.

Physician Spotlight


His Brothers’ Keepers

It’s been almost five years since the devastating earthquake rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010, killing over 250,000, injuring over 300,000 and displacing over 1.5 million people.

In The News

December 2014
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.

SF's first stand-alone children's hospital set to open

Step inside the new children's hospital in San Francisco and it might feel more like you are at the Exploratorium. That is exactly what officials at the UC San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco want patients to experience with its light-shadow installation and rotating art exhibits in the lobby. The facility is The City's first stand-alone children's hospital, and it is one of three new UCSF hospitals that will open Sunday as part of a $1.5 billion medical center at Mission Bay. "In a children's hospital, you put in a lot of things for fun, but that's part of the health care treatment," said Kim Scurr, executive director of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco.

Posted Monday, January 26, 2015 7:47 am CST

OIG Raps CMS Oversight of Compounded Drugs

The Office of Inspector General recommends 55 practices that it says CMS and CMS-authorized accreditors should use to oversee compounded sterile preparations.

Posted Monday, January 26, 2015 7:07 am CST

Business Roundup: CHS Enters Michigan, Humana Launches ACO

Community Health Systems, Inc. has announced that it will purchase 80% equity in Metro Health. In Colorado, Humana and Boulder Community Health have announced the launch of an accountable care arrangement and population health partnership.

Posted Monday, January 26, 2015 7:01 am CST

Consumerism, Population Health Top of Mind for Hospital Leaders

Huron Healthcare gathers chief executives from the field to chew over the big-picture issue... Posted Monday, January 26, 2015 12:00 am CST

Burwell: Tie More Medicare Pay to Quality and Value

Federal officials today announced a plan to link a greater share of Medicare dollars to new... Posted Monday, January 26, 2015 12:00 am CST

Embracing the Smart(phone) Hospital

Consumers are immersed in digital communication; it's time for traditional health care orga... Posted Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:00 am CST

With EHRs, There's Literacy and Then There's Literacy
The sad fact, when it comes to EHR, is that very few posses the right kind of computer literacy. Posted Monday, January 26, 2015 10:00 am CST

Tips for Physicians: Raising Money-Smart Teens
The teenage years are a critical time for children to gain financial independence. Here's how physician parents can help. Posted Monday, January 26, 2015 8:00 am CST

Seven Tips for Avoiding HIPAA Penalties in 2015
HIPAA "willful neglect" violations can cost medical practices hundreds of thousands of dollars. Here's how to prevent them from occurring at your practice. Posted Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:00 pm CST

House passes bills to fight human trafficking
The House on Monday passed a package of legislation to combat human trafficking.Many of the bills passed in the last Congress but didn't get votes in the Senate. Members debated and passed the legislation by voice vote Monday afternoon, despite the... Posted Monday, January 26, 2015 4:47 pm CST

OVERNIGHT HEALTH: HHS announces major Medicare reforms
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Monday announced an ambitious new effort to reward quality medical care and phase out payments based solely on the volume of services provided in the Medicare program. For the... Posted Monday, January 26, 2015 3:17 pm CST

Budget office lowers ObamaCare price tag by 20 percent
The total price tag for ObamaCare’s insurance programs will be 20 percent less than expected, the government’s budget office said Monday.The law’s insurance provisions are now expected to cost $571 billion through 2019 — a drop of about $139... Posted Monday, January 26, 2015 2:53 pm CST