Federal Grants Mark New Cancer Research Era

Louisiana healthcare providers nailed down two of the 65 multi-million dollar research grants the National Cancer Institute awarded nationwide. ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

Federal Grants Mark New Cancer Research Era | LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, LSU Health Shreveport, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, National Cancer Institute, Ochsner Health System, Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, Willis-Knighton Health System and Desoto Regional Medical Center.
Federal Grants Mark New Cancer Research Era

Louisiana healthcare providers nailed down two of the 65 multi-million dollar research grants the National Cancer Institute awarded nationwide.


 
Olive Oil Compound Could Enhance Chemo | oleocanthol, National Cancer Institute, University of Louisiana at Monroe, extra virgin olive oil, Khalid El Sayed
Olive Oil Compound Could Enhance Chemo

Someday in the not-too-distant future, cancer patients could see smaller, less toxic and more effective chemotherapy dosages thanks to a compound found in extra virgin olive oil and researchers at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.


 
REIMBURSEMENT FOCUS

Reimbursement Revisit | Healthcare Reimbursement, Payment Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, Rob Lazerow, Advisory Board Company, Fee-for-Service, Pay-for-Performance, Bundled Payments, Shared Savings Program, ACOs
Reimbursement Revisit

A Look at payment innovation

While physicians and facilities have long had to keep up with different negotiated contract rates among payers, the reimbursement landscape has become much more varied over the last few years as a push toward payment innovation has ushered in a host of reimbursement options ranging from shared savings programs to bundled payments to carrot-and-stick compensation as applied to quality and efficiency metrics.


 
SENIOR HEALTH FOCUS

No Longer Last in Line | Nursing Home, Skilled Nursing Facility, SNF, Rehab, Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Senior Care, Long-term Care, LTAC, Post-acute Care, National HealthCare Corporation, NCH, Gerald Coggin
No Longer Last in Line | Nursing Home, Skilled Nursing Facility, SNF, Rehab, Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Senior Care, Long-term Care, LTAC, Post-acute Care, National HealthCare Corporation, NCH, Gerald Coggin
Gerald Coggin
No Longer Last in Line

The changing role of SNFs

Just as the notion of what’s considered ‘old’ has changed in today’s society … think ‘70 is the new 50’ … so too has the role and function of skilled nursing facilities.


 
Guest Writers

3D Printing: Just What the Doctor Ordered

For years we have seen 3D printing turn out a multitude of products; jewelry, jet engine parts, remote controls, sneakers.


 
Is A Physician Home Loan Right For You?

This is one of the most common mortgage questions we field. The answer is, it depends. It’s dependent on your personal financial situation and where you are in your career.


 
New State Law: Informed Consent Hierarchy

Healthcare professionals across the state should be aware of recently passed legislation involving Louisiana's informed consent statue.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT:  Dr. J. Dudley Atkinson, IV | Dr. J. Dudley Atkinson, IV, Ochsner Health System, Naval Postgraduate School, Tulane School of Medicine, LSU School of Medicine, Vans RV-14, Piper Arrow II, Ham radio.
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. J. Dudley Atkinson, IV

Hamming it up

During his lifetime, Baton Rouge native J. Dudley Atkinson IV has had several incarnations – petroleum engineer, Naval submarine officer, IT entrepreneur.


 
In The News

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



What's Your Growth Prescription?

As healthcare organizations reevaluate their strategies for growth, we examine three very different approaches.

Posted Friday, October 31, 2014 6:50 am CDT

HHS, DHS chiefs to testify on Ebola funding

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are among the witnesses who expected to testify on the government's response to Ebola at an upcoming Senate Appropriations Committee hearing. The committee announced the witnesses on Thursday and moved the hearing to Nov. 12, after the midterm elections. Other witnesses expected to testify include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, as well as officials from the State Department, Defense Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Posted Friday, October 31, 2014 6:38 am CDT

Nurses to hold Ebola protests in 13 states

The largest U.S. nurses union is planning a day of action in mid-November to protest the lack of federally enforced safety precautions against Ebola. National Nurses United (NNU) announced it will hold events in at least 13 states and the District of Columbia to call attention to the issue. The group has been one of the most vocal critics of the federal response to Ebola, arguing the best way to prepare for a pandemic would be to impose new training and protection requirements for healthcare workers. Posted Friday, October 31, 2014 6:34 am CDT

Are Meaningful Use Numbers A Cause for Concern?

Even as CIOs worry about meeting Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, most are charging ahe... Posted Friday, October 31, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Cyberattacks Are Coming. Are You Ready?

Your hospital will experience a data breach. It is inevitable, says cybersecurity expert Th... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Engaging Patients and Families to Eliminate Harm

Don't just ask patients and families about paint colors and menus; integrate them into hosp... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:00 am CDT

How Doctors Can Make Every Second of Free Time Count
For physicians who often work long hours, making the most of free time is important. Here are three of my tips. Posted Friday, October 31, 2014 8:00 am CDT

HIPAA Breaches Affect All Involved Parties
The confidentiality and integrity of protected health information should be a primary goal for all who handle it. Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:00 pm CDT

Don't Blame Communication Restrictions on HIPAA
HIPAA is there for the protection of your patients, not to hinder communication or good customer service. Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:00 am CDT

Medicare finalizes $60M cut to home health
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a $60 million cut to home health agencies for 2015 in a rule released Thursday. The cut equals 0.3 percent of Medicare payments to the industry, which provides home-based medical... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:10 pm CDT

White House: Science should guide Ebola policies
State officials should be guided by science as they make quarantine decisions, the White House said Thursday, as President Obama arrived in Maine amid a raging controversy over whether a nurse who treated Ebola patients should be forced to stay home... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 4:16 pm CDT

NY lawmakers urge DOJ to allow access to medical marijuana for kids
Members of the New York delegation on Thursday urged the Justice Department to allow the state to import medical marijuana for children suffering from seizure disorders.The lawmakers said the treatment, an extracted oil called cannabidiol, can help... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 4:04 pm CDT