Friday, April 18, 2014
  • AMA: La. Doctors Make Big Impact on State Economy

    Louisiana doctors had an outsized impact on the state’s economy, accounting for $7.7 billion in economic activity and supporting 93,974 jobs statewide, according to a new report from the American Medical Association. On average, each patient phy ...

  • Jindal Administration Launches Health Initiative

    The Jindal administration embarked on a statewide initiative Monday, encouraging schools, businesses and other entities to promote health and wellness. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the start of “Well-Ahead Louisiana” at Baton Rouge’s Dufrocq Elem ...

  • Medicare Billing Data Rankings Surprise Some Louisiana Physicians

    Dr. Bruce Germer knows the medication he uses in his ophthalmology practice is expensive. But the New Orleans area physician didn’t expect the cost of eye injection drugs would propel him almost to the top of Louisiana’s highest-paid Medicare do ...

  • Long-Term Care Costs in La. Remain Below U.S. Median

    The median cost for long-term care in Louisiana remains well below the national level, although Louisiana’s costs have grown more over the last five years than nationally, according to Genworth’s 11th annual Cost of Care Survey. The median annua ...

  • Legislation Seeks to Reform Emergency Medical Billing

    When Anthony and Jessica Sharp's 9-month-old son Clarkson fell and fractured his skull last year, the West Monroe couple's doctor had the baby transported to Baton Rouge by medical air ambulance. "We weren't given an option; but when your child ...

  • DHH Works to Improve Access to Dental Care

    Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals this summer plans to roll out managed care for dental services through Medicaid and LaCHIP similar to the Bayou Health initiative started in 2012. Bayou Health, the state's Medicaid-managed care program ...

  • Medicaid Proposes Reimbursement Changes for ERs

    Too many people are going to expensive emergency rooms for care that should be provided in a doctor's office, statistics show. The state recognizes that people are still going to emergency rooms needlessly and often those bills are going to state ...

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