Federal Proposals Threaten Rural Hospitals

Two of the Obama administration’s proposals – to cut $2.1 billion in critical-access hospital payments and to slash the number of those hospitals – would devastate rural communities in Louisiana. ...Read More

 



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Federal Proposals Threaten Rural Hospitals | Louisiana Hospital Association, critical access hospital, National Rural Hospital Association, Medicaid expansion
Federal Proposals Threaten Rural Hospitals

Two of the Obama administration’s proposals – to cut $2.1 billion in critical-access hospital payments and to slash the number of those hospitals – would devastate rural communities in Louisiana.


 
LGMC Becomes First Hospital in State to Implant MRI-Compatible Defibrillator | Dr. William Bailey, Iforia ICD, BIOTRONIK ProMRI, Lafayette General Medical Center
LGMC Becomes First Hospital in State to Implant MRI-Compatible Defibrillator

Hard-working Johnny Dennis, a 55-year-old safety specialist at an oilfield coiled tubing company, started having extreme fatigue and strength loss.


 
Obamacare May Boost ED Revenue | Affordable Care Act, emergency department, Health Affairs, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Louisiana Hospital Association
Obamacare May Boost ED Revenue

Two recent studies show hospital emergency departments should get a revenue boost from patients now covered through the Affordable Care Act.


 
HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE FOCUS

Exchange Rate | Health Exchange, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Insurance Reform, The Advisory Board Company, Rob Lazerow, David Lumbert
Exchange Rate

An early analysis of the federal health exchange

After a very rough start, the federal health exchange managed a healthy rebound before the March 31 general signup deadline. Similarly, state exchanges have hit some glitches but are also now up and running.


 
PEDIATRICS FOCUS

Grade: Needs Improvement | NPAP, National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth, Fitness, Physical Activity, Childhood Obesity, Russell Pate, Scott Crouter, Screen Time, PE, Active Transportation
Grade: Needs Improvement

Report card highlights deficits in children’s physical activity

Remember when P.E. was the ‘easy A’ in school? Evidently that’s no longer true.

The 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth highlights just how far the country has fallen off the honor roll when it comes to getting our school-aged kids to move and play.


 
Guest Writers

You Have Been Offered the Opportunity to Buy in to an Existing Practice….What to Expect

For the past three years, you have been employed by an existing practice, working hard and hoping that your efforts have not gone unnoticed.


 
LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Legislative Session Wraps

The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature wrapped up on June 2, 2014 at 6 PM. The 2014 session will be one remembered as having a lot of consternation with regard to healthcare measures.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. John R. Breaux | Dr. John R. Breaux, Cardiothoracic surgery, Louisiana Heart Hospital, St. Tammy Hospital LSU Medical School, Tulane University School of Medicine, Woodworking
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. John R. Breaux

Sitting on the dock of the bayou

While sitting on a dock along Bayou Lafourche, Donaldsonville native John R. Breaux was inspired to become a doctor.


 
In The News

July 2014
 



Premium Subsidy Fight Creating Uncertainty for Hospitals, Health Plans
A pair of conflicting rulings regarding tax credits for those who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace is a "credit negative" for health plans and not-for-profit hospitals, Moody's Investors Service says. Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:02 am CDT

IOM Identifies GME Problems, Calls for Finance Changes

Downplaying the physician shortage, an IOM report's recommendations for improving the graduate medical education system include refocusing areas of clinical emphasis and changing how GME is financed.

Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:55 am CDT

A health trade-off that's here to stay: Lower cost, limited choice

Traditionally, there were a few ways that health insurers could keep premiums low for individual health plans. They could select people with no prior health problems, to limit the chances of getting stuck with big hospital bills. They could pare back the services and products they offered to avoid ones that could be expensive, like maternity care or prescription drugs. They could increase premiums or deductibles so their customers would pay a larger share of any eventual bills. By changing the rules, the Affordable Care Act pushed health insurers toward a new strategy: limiting the choice of doctors and hospitals they'll pay for.

Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:32 am CDT

Toward Population Health Management

Organizations that move quickly toward a population health model will better navigate comin... Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 am CDT

A 'Real Opportunity for Savings'

To control supply costs, you better get your docs involved.

... Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Taking the Pulse of Hospitals on Patient Engagement

Health Research & Educational Trust survey set to reveal how well the industry invo... Posted Monday, July 28, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Boost Your Medical Practice's Web Presence by Using Keywords
Identifying keywords that will help your medical practice perform better in search results is key to attracting new patients. Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:07 am CDT

Legal Pitfalls of Electronic Patient Communication
From texting to Facebook messages, communicating with patients electronically has always raised legal questions. Here are the answers to keep your practice safe. Posted Monday, July 28, 2014 1:07 am CDT

Fist Bumping with Patients: A Healthier Alternative to Shaking Hands?
Many physicians start off their patient visits with a friendly handshake. But some researchers say that's not the healthiest approach. What do you think? Posted Monday, July 28, 2014 11:07 am CDT

Health insurers press to exempt millions from ACA
You would think that with the latest news that the health insurance lobby is still laundering money for attack ads against Democrats who supported ObamaCare, the Democratic leadership would slam the door on any requests from the industry. But no.... Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:30 am CDT

Bipartisan support for the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act
With Republicans and Democrats divided on so many policy issues, it is gratifying to see the parties agree on an approach to a serious public health problem — traumatic brain injury (TBI). In June, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R... Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:30 am CDT

Should kids' health program be extended?
Congressional leaders are asking governors if the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) should be extended before it is set to run out of funds next year. Top lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Finance... Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 5:35 pm CDT