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Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals

In early 2012, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients initiative, it had two major goals: ...Read More

 



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Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals | Louisiana Hospital Association, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Partnership for Patients initiative, Hospital Engagement Network, Ken Alexander, Michelle Smith, quality improvement specialists
Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals

In early 2012, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients initiative, it had two major goals:


 
New Medicare Code Offers Promise, Revenue | Code 99490, CMS, eQHealth, chronic disease management, Medicare, reimbursement
New Medicare Code Offers Promise, Revenue

A new reimbursement code for chronically ill Medicare patients could allow the typical primary care physician to bill an estimated $250,000 a year.


 
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By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer | Cancer, Oncology, Cancer Death Rates, Mortality Rates, American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015, Lung Cancer, Breast, Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Margaret Foti, Julie Fleshman, John Seffrin, Precision Medicine Initiative
By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer

Death rates down, more work awaits

As the ‘official sponsor of birthdays,’ the American Cancer Society (ACS) found a reason to rejoice in their latest report – Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.


 
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Personalized Messaging

A marketing manifesto

With better understanding of the human genome, physicians and researchers have opened up exciting new lines of personalized medicine where providers deliver radiation with pinpoint accuracy and tailor treatments to fit a patient’s unique needs.


 
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PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Teresa King | Dr. Teresa King, Ochsner Health System, Golden Doodles, Tiger HATS
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Teresa King

Working Like a Dog

Dr. Teresa King has always been an animal lover. Growing up, she rode and showed horses as a hobby.


 
In The News

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



97% of ED Physicians Order Unnecessary Imaging Tests
The fact that nine out of 10 emergency physicians admit to ordering medically unnecessary tests indicates that existing protocols and safeguards to prevent overuse clearly aren't working, survey results suggests. Posted Monday, March 30, 2015 7:08 am CDT

Healthcare Providers Feel Pressure to Launch Payer Initiatives

Widespread provider-payer integration appears inevitable, but health systems, hospitals, and physician groups face a years-long learning curve.

Posted Monday, March 30, 2015 7:01 am CDT

Group of Chicago hospitals reports new way to battle a deadly 'superbug'

With painstaking effort, a group of Chicago hospitals has managed to cut by half the number of infections caused by an especially deadly type of superbug. Now U.S. health officials want that kind of campaign to go national. The White House on Friday told the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slash rates of infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 2020 as part of a plan to prevent patient deaths and curb overuse of antibiotics administered to humans and animals. The CDC is pointing to the success of the Chicago Prevention Epicenter, one of five such CDC-funded programs nationally that coordinate research between local scientists and public health officials.

Posted Monday, March 30, 2015 6:49 am CDT

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CMS' Self-Disclosure Protocol: Good Intent, Bad Process
While the concept of physicians disclosing potential wrongdoing might appear valid on paper, it is actually more trouble that it is worth. Posted Sunday, March 29, 2015 10:00 am CDT

Healthcare Changes Present New Physician Liability Risks
Change can impact a physician’s two key risk exposures: professional liability and long-term disability. Here's how to reduce your risks. Posted Sunday, March 29, 2015 8:00 am CDT

Debating a Physician's Role in Assisting Patient Death
Should physicians use our craft to assist our patient's deaths to fulfill our obligation to alleviate suffering? Here are two sides of the argument. Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 12:00 pm CDT

How Boehner, Pelosi surprised everyone with a $200 billion deal
A few days after the chaos of a failed vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security, Speaker John Boehner asked for a meeting, alone, with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.Compromise was on his mind.With automatic cuts to doctors under... Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015 5:07 am CDT

Ryan: GOP will have 'immediate response' for ObamaCare court ruling
When the Supreme Court drops its big ObamaCare ruling this summer, Republican leaders say they will be fully ready to step in — even if it won’t be the party’s official replacement plan.“We have to be prepared, by the time the ruling comes, to have... Posted Friday, March 27, 2015 4:17 pm CDT

Tobacco farms facing new guidelines to protect workers
Tobacco farmers would be better protected from nicotine poisoning under new guidelines from the Obama administration.The Department of Labor is looking to prevent tobacco workers from contracting what's known as "green tobacco sickness."... Posted Friday, March 27, 2015 12:56 pm CDT