Partnering in a New Paradigm

There’s no question healthcare delivery is in the middle of a transformational period highlighted by unprecedented consolidation. While there are a number of factors impacting alignment decisions, Paul Keckley, PhD, boiled the equation down to its simplest terms, “Economics drives behavior.” ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

Louisiana Passes Law to Protect ED Workers | Emergency Department, workplace violence, Emergency Nurses Association
Louisiana Passes Law to Protect ED Workers

Louisiana recently became the 31st state to make it a felony to attack an emergency nurse, but the law is just one of the steps needed to prevent workplace violence, Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) officials said.


 
PHYSICIAN/HOSPITAL ALIGNMENT FOCUS

Partnering in a New Paradigm | Hospital Alignment, Physicians, Hospital Administrators, Bundled Payments, Pay for Performance, Physician Practice, MSO, Managed Services Organization, Paul Keckley, Navigant
Partnering in a New Paradigm

There’s no question healthcare delivery is in the middle of a transformational period highlighted by unprecedented consolidation. While there are a number of factors impacting alignment decisions, Paul Keckley, PhD, boiled the equation down to its simplest terms, “Economics drives behavior.”


 
Physician Practices Ally with Other Healthcare Providers | physician practices, ICD-10, accountable care organization, physician/hospital organization, independent practice association, Medical Group Management Association
Physician Practices Ally with Other Healthcare Providers

More than 40 percent of medical practice executives plan to informally integrate their practice with other healthcare organizations or already have, according to the Medical Group Management Association.


 
ORTHO & SPORTS MEDICINE FOCUS

NASS Takes a Proactive Approach to Evidence-Based Coverage Decisions
NASS Takes a Proactive Approach to Evidence-Based Coverage Decisions

In an effort to improve patient access to appropriate, evidence-based care, the North American Spine Society (NASS) recently released detailed policy recommendations for coverage of 13 common spine care treatments, procedures and diagnostics.


 
Guest Writers

RISK MANAGEMENT: Risks associated with EHRs/EMRs

A patient presented at the ER on the main campus of a multi-campus healthcare system for back pain. The only drug allergy listed in the chart was Lortab.


 
LEGAL AFFAIRS: The Work After the Legislative Session

Often times, I am asked, “now that the session is over, what do you do the rest of the year?” It’s an appropriate question to ask a lobbyist.


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT : Dr. John Sledge | Dr. John Sledge, III, Dr. Clement Sledge, Isabella Sledge, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Maurice E. Muller Fellowship, Oberartz Inselspital Bern, Switzerland, Dr. John Cobb, Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, Rank Wildcat Spirits.
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT : Dr. John Sledge

Son of a sailor

At age 5, John Sledge, III, started sailing the coastline of his hometown of Marblehead, Mass., with his family. His dad, orthopedic pioneer Clement Sledge, showed him the ropes.


 
In The News

August 2014
 



Surgery prices surge with innovation and consolidation under Obamacare

The price to remove a gall bladder or replace a hip has spiked more than 20 percent during the past five years, according to an analysis of data collected for NBC News. Surgery has bloomed into a $500 billion industry in the United States, where 80 to 100 million procedures are performed annually — a per-capita rate that's some 50 percent higher than in the European Union, said Dr. John Birkmeyer, a researcher and adjunct professor at the Dartmouth Institute and in the university's Community & Family Medicine program. The reason? Expensive yet safer technologies and hospital consolidations that create medical monopolies, according to doctors and researchers.

Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014 6:30 am CDT

Doctors are shifting their business models

With insurance companies often paying doctors less for their services and with paperwork increasing, Dr. Gregory Yu was putting in longer workdays to squeeze in more patients. He figured there had to be a better way. So a few years ago he shifted a portion of his practice to a concierge model in which patients pay a monthly fee of $150 in exchange for more of his time — both in and out of the office. "It was more for my own personal longevity," said the La Cañada Flintridge internist, explaining why he made the switch. "

Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014 6:28 am CDT

Healthcare workers feel cost-cutting pressure

Brooks Memorial Hospital and its largest union reached a tentative contract last week, after five months of talks - but only after a federal mediator was brought in, there was picketing outside the Dunkirk facility and a union voted to authorize a strike. In Niagara County, the jobs of as many as 60 full-time employees are in jeopardy as Eastern Niagara Hospital ended inpatient care at its Newfane site as of Friday. And workers at long-term care facilities have faced layoffs, or uncertain futures, as nursing homes across the region have closed or switched from not-for-profit to private ownership.

Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014 6:22 am CDT

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Boost Patient Trust, Referrals at Your Medical Practice
Here are three strategies medical practices can use to build word of mouth referrals and humanize their providers. Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:00 am CDT

Five Common Medical Practice Website Mistakes
A website that conveys a lot of information in the right way can be the difference between gaining a patient or losing one to a competitor. Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014 8:00 am CDT

Are Your Assets Protected? Six Common Mistakes Made by Physicians
Physicians should have a strong understanding of asset protection. Here are six common mistakes to avoid. Posted Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 pm CDT

Obama to Africans: Don’t touch Ebola corpses
President Obama urged West Africans in areas affected by the Ebola virus not to touch the corpses of loved ones who had succumbed to the deadly disease in a public service announcement released by the State Department on Tuesday."When burying... Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:34 am CDT

Ebola epidemic 'spiraling out of control,' CDC director says
The Ebola epidemic is “spiraling out of control,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Tuesday.“It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic and it’s spiraling out of control. It’s bad now and it’s going to get... Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:34 am CDT

US should do more to contain Ebola outbreak, Sen. McCain says
The U.S. should do more, including possibly dispatching military assets, to combat the Ebola outbreak roiling at least five African nations, according to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)“All of us would like to see the United States more involved,” he... Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:07 am CDT