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Gearing up for ICD-10

CMS confirms Oct. 1 switch; healthcare consultant offers cautionary notes

Successful completion of a full week of end-to-end testing of the new ICD-10 coding shows the healthcare industry is ready for the next step toward total conversion from ICD-9 coding ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

3-D Digital Mammography Comes to Acadiana | digital mammography, 3-D mammography, tomosynthesis, Hologic, Silenia Dimensions, Dr. Jamie Joseph, Our Lady of Lourdes RMC, ImageChecker CAD
3-D Digital Mammography Comes to Acadiana

Lourdes’ St. Agnes Breast Center is the first

The newest technology out there in breast imaging is in the Selenia® Dimensions ®3D breast tomosynthesis system by Hologic® at Our Lady of Lourdes RMC Imaging Network at St. Agnes Breast Center installed in January.


 
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT FOCUS

Gearing up for ICD-10 | ICD-9, ICD-10, Margie Maley, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, Marilyn Tavenner
Gearing up for ICD-10

CMS confirms Oct. 1 switch; healthcare consultant offers cautionary notes

Successful completion of a full week of end-to-end testing of the new ICD-10 coding shows the healthcare industry is ready for the next step toward total conversion from ICD-9 coding, Marilyn Tavenner, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said before her departure from the federal agency earlier this year.


 
Cuts to Medicaid Payments Hurt Physicians, Patients | Medicaid reimbursement, Affordable Care Act, Louisiana State Medical Society, Louisiana Hospital Association, primary care bump
Cuts to Medicaid Payments Hurt Physicians, Patients

For two years, family doctors in Louisiana got the same amount for treating Medicaid patients as Medicare enrollees, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.


 
Providers Fight Medicaid Billing Period Cut | Medicaid, timely filing limit, Ted Haik, Fred Mills, Acadian Ambulance, Iberia Medical Center
Providers Fight Medicaid Billing Period Cut

Protests by Lafayette-area hospitals and the state’s largest ambulance service have apparently convinced the state to reverse an abrupt decision that would have cut the Medicaid timely filing limit in half.


 
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & ADDICTION FOCUS

Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction | Marijuana, Cannabis, Medical Marijuana, Dr. Stuart Gitlow, American Society for Addiction Medicine, ASAM, National Institute for Drug Abuse, NIDA, THC
Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction

A conversation with ASAM President Dr. Stuart Gitlow

With three states plus the District of Columbia sanctioning recreational use of marijuana and virtually all other states either allowing for or considering decriminalization and/or medical use of the drug, the great marijuana debate has become a legislative hot topic over the last three years.


 
Guest Writers

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Back to the Capitol: A Look at the Upcoming Session

The 2015 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will commence on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 12:00 noon.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Stewart Greathouse | Dr. Stewart Greathouse, Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Center, Beekeeping
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Stewart Greathouse

What’s the buzz?

Growing up between Lake Charles and Grand Lake, Stewart Greathouse enjoying living the rural life. But, it wasn’t until attending Pensacola Christian College that he received his calling to be a doctor.


 
In The News

April 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 



Business Roundup: Lancaster General Health Joins Penn Medicine

LG Health, which generated nearly $970 million in revenue last year, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System have agreed to merge. "There is no financial transaction," says LG Health's CEO. "This is a matter of being incorporated and consolidated."

Posted Monday, April 27, 2015 7:17 am CDT

Slideshow: Enhancing Executive Compensation to Attract Leaders

Executive compensation structures can be updated to better attract, retain, and engage leaders. Four senior healthcare discuss how.

Posted Monday, April 27, 2015 7:14 am CDT

Nursing homes are starting to supplant hospitals as focus of basic healthcare

The notion that a hospital remains the safest place for old patients dies hard. Many families still believe their aging relatives belong in a hospital when they're ailing. But 20-plus years of research have documented the risks of hospitalization for older adults, particularly those frail or ill enough to need nursing home care. In hospitals, old people fall. They contract stubborn infections. They can develop delirium from unfamiliar surroundings and drugs, and bed sores and loss of conditioning from inactivity. They lose functional abilities, including cognitive skills, that they may never regain, especially if they're already sliding into dementia.

Posted Monday, April 27, 2015 7:06 am CDT

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Physician Procrastination as a Decision-Making Tool
I know it is April, but I finally made a New Year's resolution. I will start being proactive about my procrastination. Posted Monday, April 27, 2015 12:00 pm CDT

Three Financial Products Every Young Physician Needs
There is a "big three" of financial planning that are musts for young physicians beginning their careers. Posted Monday, April 27, 2015 10:00 am CDT

2015 Staff Salary Survey Results: Regional
Regional medical practice data from the 2015 Staff Salary Survey, exploring compensation levels for key medical practice staff based on years of experience. Posted Monday, April 27, 2015 8:15 am CDT

OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: House Dems target ObamaCare 'Cadillac' tax
A group of House Democrats are pushing to repeal ObamaCare's so-called "Cadillac tax," which they say unfairly targets people in more expensive areas like the Northeast and West Coast.Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) and Dina... Posted Monday, April 27, 2015 5:02 pm CDT

Study: ObamaCare, outreach could boost Hispanic health coverage
A new analysis points to expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare and improving outreach efforts as ways to lower the stubbornly high uninsured rate among Hispanics. Hispanics have long had higher uninsured rates. The Commonwealth Fund, a health... Posted Monday, April 27, 2015 3:11 pm CDT

ObamaCare credit reduced taxpayer refunds: H&R Block
Roughly two out of every three taxpayers who got health insurance through ObamaCare exchanges had to pay back the federal government – to the average tune of $729, according to H&R Block. That payment ate into the average taxpayer... Posted Monday, April 27, 2015 2:33 pm CDT