Medical Society Says Pay Reform Group Misses Mark
A few of the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform’s recommendations, such as paying the same rates for the same services regardless of setting,... Read More
|Heart to Heart|
Ochsner implants first total artificial heart in Gulf South
In December, a man in his 40s was admitted to Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans with biventricular heart failure. He had been surviving on two...
MedEvolve finds ‘sweet spot’ niche providing PM and EMR software and RCM services to physician practices nationwide
LITTLE ROCK – When Bill Hefley, MD, was a junior partner at a Little Rock orthopedic practice more than two decades ago,..
|ObamaCare May Generate Medical Tourism|
The power of the Internet and greater price transparency have helped give patients more care options, with millions of U.S. residents traveling abroad each year to seek treatment...
Rethinking the approach to some autoimmune disorders
What if the standard treatment approach was the wrong one? In the case of several autoimmune disorders, it’s a theory that is gaining traction bolstered by recent research findings...
|PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Ralph Chesson|
While stationed in the U.S. Navy as an engineering officer, Ralph Chesson had a conversation with the ship’s doctor on a Polaris submarine that changed his life...
|In The News May|
Louisiana Heart Hospital Physicians Group Signs Agreements
LACOMBE-The Louisiana Heart Hospital (LHH) announced that it has recently completed agreements for clinical integration with seven Northshore area physicians...
|Lower ED Margins Demand a Better Strategy|
In this new Intelligence Report, we examine how resolving organizational problems in the emergency department will remain a challenge as demand for ED services increases, overcrowding elevates patient safety concerns, and quality metrics draw greater attention. Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 7:35 am CDT
|Healthcare Costs Hit Record High, But Growth Rate Slows|
The 2013 Milliman Medical Index pegs the annual cost of PPO coverage at 6.3% higher than last year. Physician and other professional services account for one third of annual healthcare spending. Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 7:28 am CDT
|Incentives push doctors to electronic medical records|
WASHINGTON -- More than half of doctors' offices and 80% of hospitals that provide Medicare or Medicaid will have electronic health records by the end of the year, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. "We have reached a tipping point in adoption of electronic health records," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and they "are critical to modernizing our health care system." The announcement comes as a key part of the 2010 health care law: Doctors with have can better track errors and prevent future problems. Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 5:57 am CDT
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|Getting the Most out of Your Advertising Dollar|
Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 1:16 pm CDT
In the competition with hospitals, independent must use their limited advertising budgets wisely
|Five Ways to Streamline Patient Appointments|
Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 8:15 am CDT
When you find your medical practice constantly behind, unorganized, and frazzled at the end of every day, maybe it's time to take a look at your work flow.
|Congress Could Ease International Medical Graduate Restrictions|
Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 7:23 am CDT
Research shows the value of international medical graduates practicing in the U.S. and now Congress wants to help increase their numbers.
|Drug company pleads guilty to felony kickback scheme, pays $33.5M|
A pharmaceutical company is admitting that it marketed a drug for unapproved uses and tried to buy off doctors with golf outings and wine tastings.
On Friday, ISTA Pharmaceuticals pled guilty to conspiracy to introduce a misbranded drug and to pay illegal kickbacks for its eye drug Xibrom.
Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 5:01 pm CDT
|GOP widens Sebelius probe|
Republicans want insurers to provide information on Sebelius's requests for fundraising for group promoting ObamaCare. Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 11:40 am CDT
|New obesity drug could hit US market in 2014|
Novo Nordisk's new obesity drug could hit the American market in late 2014, adding competition as consumers and healthcare stakeholders seek to shrink U.S. waistlines. Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 10:24 am CDT
The Danish drug company said Thursday that its injectable liraglutide treatment resulted in an average weight loss of 8 percent in a final-stage clinical trial.
The drug would cost about $25 per day, or about five times as much as rival treatments.