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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

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.
 



Physician Shortage Could Hit 90K by 2025

The Association of American Medical Colleges is calling on Congress to immediately fund an additional 3,000 medical residency slots each year in addition to the 27,000 to 29,000 residency slots already in place.

Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 7:12 am CST

Mobile Stroke Units Show Early Promise, But Viability Unclear

Two studies report improved stroke treatment times when ambulances are equipped to administer thrombolytic therapy. But neither has measured whether the mobile approach is cost-effective.

Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 7:02 am CST

Hospital sues Bank of America over million-dollar cyberheist

A public hospital in Washington state is suing Bank of America to recoup some of the losses from a $1.03 million cyberheist that the healthcare organization suffered in 2013. In April 2013, organized cyber thieves broke into the payroll accounts of Chelan County Hospital No. 1 , one of several hospitals managed by the Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth, Wash. The crooks added to the hospital's payroll account almost 100 "money mules," unwitting accomplices who'd been hired to receive and forward money to the perpetrators. On Thursday, April 19, and then again on April 20, the thieves put through a total of three unauthorized payroll payments (known as automated clearing house or ACH payments), siphoning approximately $1 million from the hospital.

Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:41 am CST

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Study: EHRs Slow Down Smaller Medical Practices More
EHRs may have an unintended side effect for smaller practices; namely, the disruption of existing communication patterns. Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 2:00 pm CST

Why Aren't More Doctors Using Telehealth?
Telecommunication technology holds great promise in improving both patient outcomes and access to care. So what's the problem? Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 2:00 pm CST

Four Common Tech Slowdowns at Medical Practices
Technology can benefit medical practices, but it can also slow them down. Here's how to avoid some common pitfalls. Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 2:00 pm CST

Few clues from Roberts on fate of ObamaCare at Supreme Court
The Supreme Court appeared deeply divided Wednesday on whether to curtail subsidies under ObamaCare, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy providing few clues about where they might fall.Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in... Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 7:57 pm CST

5 takeaways from ObamaCare case
The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a new challenge to ObamaCare that threatens to end insurance subsidies for millions of people.While oral arguments are not an accurate barometer of how the court will rule, a divide among the... Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 5:58 pm CST

OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: Court split on ObamaCare challenge
The Supreme Court appeared deeply divided Wednesday on whether to curtail tax subsidies under ObamaCare, with Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy providing few clues about how they might rule.Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in favor... Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 5:40 pm CST