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
 



Hopkins agrees to pay $190 million to settle pelvic exam claims

Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190 million to settle claims from thousands of women who may have been surreptitiously recorded during pelvic exams by gynecologist Dr. Nikita A. Levy. The amount of the settlement is one of the largest on record involving sexual misconduct by a physician. Levy, a doctor in the Johns Hopkins Community Medicine system for 25 years, took his life in February 2013 during an investigation that revealed he was using tiny cameras concealed in pens and key fobs to record patients. Investigators found more than 1,300 videos and images during searches of Levy's home and office. Plaintiffs' attorneys estimate more than 8,000 patients could have a claim.

Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:56 am CDT

Burnout in the hospital: Why doctors are set up for stress

In the premiere issue of the journal Burnout Research, which is dedicated to research on the topic, Anthony Montgomery, an associate professor in the Psychology of Work and Organizations in the University of Macedonia in Greece, focused on physician burnout, and argues that the way doctors are trained may set them up for a career of frustrations and high-stress situations. And the consequences may be hurting the care they provide patients. He says that while doctors interact with people on a daily basis, their training and their worth as physicians are focused almost entirely on their technical capabilities, leaving them with few tools for understanding and navigating social interactions and for collaborating as part of a larger team or organization.

Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:05 am CDT

How a team of hospital doctors boosted hand washing, cut infections and created a culture of safety

Dr. Gerald Hickson had two primary concerns after his wife’s double-knee replacement operation at Vanderbilt University Hospital in July 2008: making sure she received appropriate pain control and getting her moving as quickly as possible to avoid blood clots. But as he sat with her during her recovery, Hickson made a disturbing discovery. Most of the nurses, doctors and other hospital workers filing in and out of the room to care for his wife, who was at risk of contracting an infection after surgery, were not washing their hands. A compulsive person by nature, Hickson started counting.

Posted Monday, July 21, 2014 6:48 am CDT

Reducing Disparities of Care

SAN DIEGO — Equity of care is an organization priority at Massachusetts General H... Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Half the Cost. Half the Jobs?

Those who make money off procedures will lose in the Next Health Care; those who create hea... Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Purchasers Want to See More Urgency Out of Hospital Leaders

No one said that transforming the delivery system would be easy, but purchasers are ready t... Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 am CDT

Four Ways to Evaluate Customer Service at Your Medical Practice
Your medical staff may behave differently when you are not around. Here's how to know what's really going on when you are not nearby. Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:07 am CDT

Three Ways to Make Your Medical Practice Website Actionable
Here are three easy-to-implement tools to make your practice's online presence more actionable to recruit and retain patients. Posted Monday, July 21, 2014 1:07 am CDT

Another Attack on Small Practices: Exclusion from Quality Rankings
When so-called “quality measures” don’t include small medical practices, patients lose out on finding great physicians. Posted Monday, July 21, 2014 10:07 am CDT

Federal appeals court strikes blow against ObamaCare subsidies
A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down one of the pillars of ObamaCare, ruling that the law’s premium subsidies are invalid in more than two-dozen states.  The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Affordable Care Act does... Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:25 am CDT

Judge dismisses senator's O-Care lawsuit
 A federal judge in Wisconsin threw out Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-Wis.) lawsuit challenging an Obama administration rule that allows congressional staffers to continue to receive healthcare subsidies when signing up for ObamaCare. Judge... Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:06 am CDT

OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: Senate panel to hear from VA nominee
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on the nomination of Robert McDonald for VA secretary.McDonald is a former Procter & Gamble executive who was nominated for the position after former VA Secretary Eric... Posted Monday, July 21, 2014 5:56 pm CDT