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Providers Push for Budget Protection

Roughly three years ago, amid yet another state budget crisis and the accompanying Medicaid funding cuts, members of the Louisiana Hospital Association began talking about finding a long-term funding solution for the program ...Read More

 



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Providers Push for Budget Protection | Medicaid, Louisiana Hospital Association, Constitutional Amendment, Paul Salles, Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana
Providers Push for Budget Protection

Roughly three years ago, amid yet another state budget crisis and the accompanying Medicaid funding cuts, members of the Louisiana Hospital Association began talking about finding a long-term funding solution for the program.


 
Hospitals Drive Local, State Economies | Louisiana Hospital Association, Constitutional Amendment 2, Medicaid, American Hospital Association, James Richardson, Paul Salles
Hospitals Drive Local, State Economies

Louisiana’s 207 hospitals help drive the state’s economy, employing more than 98,000 people and generating an economic impact of nearly $30 billion.


 
HEALTH EDUCATION FOCUS

The Transformation of Med Ed | Undergraduate Medical Education, Medical School, Dr. Susan Skochelak, Dr. Bonnie Miller, American Medical Association, AMA, Med Ed, Vanderbilt, Master Adaptive Learner, Accelerating Change in Medical Education Initiative
The Transformation of Med Ed

AMA continues quest to accelerate change in physician training

A little more than a year ago, the American Medical Association announced $11 million in grants to 11 academic medical centers to fundamentally change the way physicians are educated and trained.


 
RADIOLOGY/IMAGING FOCUS

The Case for Covering Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening | Low-Dose Computed Tomography Lung Cancer Screening, LDCT, Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Mortality Rates, American College of Radiology, Dr. Ella Kazerooni, CMS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, National Coverage Decision, Medicare
The Case for Covering Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

Proponents cite ROI of early detection, reduced mortality

Perhaps it is only appropriate the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is scheduled to announce its highly anticipated coverage decision for low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening in November.


 
Guest Writers

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Office of State Register Publishes Emergency Rules

The Office of the State Register has published several emergency rules with an effective date of October 2014. 


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT : Dr. Susan Conway | Dr. Susan Conway, reproductive endocrinologist, Emory University School of Medicine, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, FertilityAnswers, Dr. John Storment, Atlanta Dog Squad.
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT : Dr. Susan Conway

A dog’s life

While training as a reproductive endocrinologist in Vermont, Dr. Susan Conway became the third owner of a yellow Labrador Retriever, Jake.


 
In The News

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



Former NQF Co-Chair Linked to Conflicts of Interest in Journal Probe

A review of 10 published articles co-authored by a former National Quality Forum co-chair found he had an undeclared conflict of interest in nine of them.

Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 7:04 am CST

The way we pay for healthcare is broken. A CEO describes how

On Wednesday we told you a story about an Obamacare program that helped poor children and saved taxpayer money. Because of the structure of our health care payment system, the program was also doomed to fail. Below, the health care CEO we profiled argues that today's payment models discourage quality improvement in health care, while driving up costs for everyone. David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, president and chief executive of Nemours: I am, first and foremost, a doctor. I am also the CEO of a regional children's health system. Curiously, alignment of the two roles is not always as easy as it should be, largely due to the way that our health care payment system is structured. Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 6:36 am CST

A life-saving alternative to open heart surgery

Dr. Susheel Kodali kept his gaze fixed on the four monitors suspended above the patient he was operating on at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center's Heart Valve Center. "You see, one of the keys to this procedure is imaging, because we're not opening the chest, so we use all modalities available including X-Ray and echo," he said. Kodali and his team have performed more than 1,200 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures just like this one, more than any other institution in the U.S., since TAVR was approved by the FDA three years ago. It's a non-invasive alternative to heart surgery that replaces the aortic valve, responsible for pumping blood out of the heart, via a narrow tube called a catheter. Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 6:31 am CST

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Clean Up Your A/R Before the End of the Year
The end of the year is approaching rapidly and one thing you do not want to do is drag old A/R into the New Year. If you have any A/R from 2013 or (gasp!) 2012, it's time to look at those claims and make a decision if you are going to continue to chase them, or make necessary adjustments and move on. Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:00 am CST

Health Reform Will Continue Despite Republican Victories
I believe that the Republican victories during the midterm elections will have little effect on the future of Obamacare. Here's why. Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 8:00 am CST

Internal Audit Pass Rates; Nonphysician Credentialing
Our practice does internal chart reviews on our physicians for coding accuracy. What do you feel is an appropriate passing score? Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 pm CST

CMS reminds insurers that ObamaCare money can't pay for abortions
The Obama administration is seeking to tighten how insurers segregate funds for abortion coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges after a scathing government investigation found the rules have been widely ignored. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid... Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 4:48 pm CST

HHS proposes shifting people into cheaper ObamaCare plans
The Obama administration might allow states to shift ObamaCare enrollees into cheaper plans in 2016 if consumers do not take action to enroll themselves in new coverage.  The proposal was released Friday as part of a 324-page... Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 4:28 pm CST

White House: GOP suit 'unfortunate'
The White House says it is "unfortunate" that House Republicans would devote time and energy to filing a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s delay of a provision in his signature healthcare law, as they did Friday.“At a time where I think the... Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 2:54 pm CST