AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay

The first rule of marketing is to make sure you have a clear message. For the American Medical Association leadership, their position on the impending ICD-10 conversion could not be more straightforward … they want to see it stopped ...Read More

 



Current Louisiana Medical News

Ochsner Oversight Follows National Trend | Michael Hulefeld, Ochsner Health System, Hancock Medical System, Louisiana Hospital Association, Paul Salles, hospital consolidation
Ochsner Oversight Follows National Trend

In February, Ochsner Health System inked a two-year deal to manage Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., in a continuation of a national trend that has seen growing numbers of small hospitals seek outside expertise.


 
Telemedicine Changes Care at Lake | telemedicine, telestroke, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, American Stroke Association, video conferencing, graduate medical education, American Heart Association
Telemedicine Changes Care at Lake

Telemedicine will soon make it possible for physicians at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center to monitor critical pediatric patients while they are en route – by helicopter, plane or ambulance – from other facilities.


 
ICD-10 FOCUS

AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay | ICD-10, Coding & Billing, Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, AMA, American Medical Association, CMS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ICD-10 Implementation
AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay

The first rule of marketing is to make sure you have a clear message. For the American Medical Association leadership, their position on the impending ICD-10 conversion could not be more straightforward … they want to see it stopped.


 
DIABETES FOCUS

Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Diabetes Control
Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Diabetes Control

What is the best way to get … and keep … diabetic patients actively engaged in the lifelong self-management of their condition?


 
Guest Writers

Legislative Affairs: Healthcare Bills are Pre-filed for the New Legislative Session

By the time you read this, The 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will be in full swing.  The session commenced on March 10th and will adjourn sine die on Monday June 2, 2014.  To view a bill go to www.legis.la.gov


 
Physician Spotlight

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Danette Null | Danette Null, Rosepine High School, McNeese State University, LSU Shreveport, Navy, Pensacola Naval Hospital, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, LSUHSC Family Medicine Residency program
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Danette Null

As an eight-year-old third grader, Danette Burnett knew that she wanted to become a doctor. "We were talking about the circulatory system and I just really found it fascinating, and wanted to learn more about the body,” she recalled. “And, I liked the idea of helping people. So, that just kind of always stuck with me.”


 
In The News

April 2014
 



Hospital Groups Back NQF Report on Patient Sociodemographics

The American Hospital Association wants CMS to adjust measures in pay-for-performance programs to reflect factors such as race and income, even though doing so "would be a complex undertaking" for everyone involved.

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7:05 am CDT

NPP Demand Rising Under Value-Based Care Models
Multispecialty medical practices with non-physician providers typically perform better financially than those without physician assistants and nurse practitioners, an MGMA report finds. Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:56 am CDT

Hospitals sue Medicare over 'two-nights' rule

The Einstein Healthcare Network joined in two civil lawsuits against Medicare administrators alleging that a new rule on what qualifies as an inpatient hospital admission is arbitrary and should be dropped and that a related 0.2 percent cut in Medicare payments to hospitals should be revoked. The rule, adopted in August by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, says that a patient has to be in the hospital at midnight on two consecutive days for the hospital to receive an inpatient payment rate. If the patient does not stay in the hospital past the second midnight, into a third day, hospitals are stuck with the outpatient payment - about a third of what they would receive for an inpatient.

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:44 am CDT

Data Indicate Industry Transformation Continues

A report on health care utilization from the IMS Institute shows the industry continues to shift toward outpatient care.

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Financial Planning in the Wake of RAC

University of Kansas Hospital has $22 million wrapped up in the RAC process. In this video, CEO Bob Page details how that impacts hospital operations.

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Hospitals Choosing to Join Networks Instead of Merging

Affiliations can provide the benefits of sharing resources while avoiding the pitfalls of mergers.

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Coding for Both a Preventive Service and Problem-oriented Visit

Sometimes patients show up for preventive care and an urgent problem. Should you eat the cost for one service? Or bill for both?

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:29 pm CDT

Lack of Role Clarity Damages the Physician, Manager Relationship

Clear and well-respected boundaries between medical practice managers and physicians are essential. Here's how to better define them.

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:49 am CDT

Big Brother Comes to Medicare: CMS Fingerprinting Protocols Begin

New rules will now require Medicare enrollees who are classified as “high risk,” to subject themselves to fingerprint-based background checks.

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:45 am CDT

Obama to meet with healthcare leaders
President Obama is scheduled to meet with health insurance executives and state insurance commissioners on Thursday, just two days after ObamaCare's special enrollment period officially closed. The meetings, which will include at least one photo-op... Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7:12 pm CDT

Poll: Majority says Sebelius exit won't change O-Care rollout
A majority of adults don't believe that the departure of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will make a difference in ObamaCare's rollout, according to a new poll by the Huffington Post and YouGov. Sixty-one percent said a... Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:46 pm CDT

Sebelius allies doubt Senate run
brightcove.createExperiences(); Friends and former colleagues of Kathleen Sebelius say the odds are low that she will jump into the Kansas Senate race this summer.They... Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:40 pm CDT