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12
Dec

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has promulgated rules that modify hospital licensure requirements that may affect certain hospitals. This rul...

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12
Dec

A large quality improvement project has demonstrated that when facilities follow an enhanced recovery protocol for patients undergoing bariatric surge...

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12
Dec

In late September 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Omnibus Burden Reduction (Conditions of Participation) Fi...

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12
Dec

Is your hospital ensuring that your affiliated practices and clinics are adopting policies and procedures to account for deaf and hard of hearing pati...

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12
Dec

LAMMICO’s Patient Safety Award and Grant program is entering its fifth year. Since inception of the program, we’ve given more than $40,000...

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12
Dec

The patient safety organization ECRI Institute released its 2020 list of the top 10 technology hazards in healthcare facilities.

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12
Dec

In 2020, The Central Line will move to an email newsletter format and will no longer be mailed in a hardcopy edition three times a year.

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11
Dec

On December 4, 2019, the LAMMICO Board of Directors declared a 5% dividend, marking the 13th consecutive dividend since 2008.

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05
Dec

LAMMICO's Cyber Liability Insurance partner, NAS Insurance Services, LLC (NAS), was recently acquired by Tokio Marine HCC.

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12
Nov

Beginning with January 1, 2020 renewals, rate changes as approved by our independent actuary and the Louisiana Department of Insurance represent an ov...

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12
Nov

Act 426 of 2019 now requires prescribers to indicate on the prescription that more than a 7-day supply of an opioid is medically necessary.

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12
Nov

LAMMICO has produced a new series of controlled substance education to meet the requirements of Arkansas and Mississippi laws, in addition to our exis...

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12
Nov

A recent uptick in filings of federal suits against healthcare providers for alleged discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), p...

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12
Nov

The LSBME recently amended its telemedicine Rules so that it would not inadvertently prevent physicians from prescribing medication or providing other...

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12
Nov

Some of the biggest issues related to NPP billing have to do with the concept of “Incident to.”

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11
Nov

If you submitted 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data, you can now view your performance feedback including your 2018 MIPS final scor...

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06
Nov

We congratulate the following recipients who have been honored for the 2019 medical school year: Alex Miller, Pranav Bhargava and Hunter F. Douglas.

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09
Oct

Congratulations to the recipient of the 4th Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award and Grant: Jennings American Legion Hospital in Jennings, Louisiana, w...

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09
Oct

Plaintiffs frequently test the boundaries of the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act (LMMA) by arguing the defendant healthcare provider’s alleged negli...

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09
Oct

Did you know that all LAMMICO insured hospitals and eligible ambulatory surgery centers could earn up to a 10% discount on their LAMMICO renewal premi...

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09
Oct

LAMMICO offers insureds an annual opportunity to earn a 10% discount on their premium for completing risk management education.

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08
Oct

The handoff in medicine has been defined as a process “in which patient care and accountability is transferred from one clinician (or team of clinicia...

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08
Oct

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues facing the healthcare community today. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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02
Oct

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues facing the healthcare community today. The best way to protect your organization is to be proactive and rem...

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25
Sep

LAMMICO supports our long-time insureds, Dr. Abraham and Dr. Lord, as they run for elected offices in Louisiana.

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11
Sep

Failing to properly enroll in the PCF or choosing to not participate in the PCF, could leave you exposed to uncapped claims.

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04
Sep

Individuals throughout an organization have the ability to expose their organization to a wide range of security threats simply because they are consi...

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30
Aug

Promoting Interoperability (PI) is the latest rendition of the Meaningful Use program. The PI performance category, one of the four performance catego...

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28
Aug

Physician burnout is costing the U.S. about $4.6 billion annually. LAMMICO offers resources to help healthcare providers avoid burnout.

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21
Aug

As hurricane season heats up, we recommend that you review the checklist below to ensure that you’re prepared in the event of a flood.

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31
Jul

Failure to follow-up or communicate test results can contribute to allegations of malpractice against a healthcare provider. One way to prevent this i...

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31
Jul

According to a recent study by Comparitech, medical and health records have become the top target for cybersecurity attacks over the past three years.

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30
Jul

Physicians may not realize that they are establishing a physician/patient relationship when performing an IME.

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30
Jul

Compliance with applicable laws regarding deaf and hard of hearing patients can be confusing, onerous, and costly, but smart and tactful planning in c...

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17
Jul

AM Best recently awarded LAMMICO an “A” (Excellent) rating for 2018.

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05
Jul

On June 28, 2019, CMS made available Comparative Billing Reports (CBRs) to dermatologists enrolled in the Medicare program. CMS has scheduled a free w...

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26
Jun

An Ohio urology practice was allegedly hacked earlier this month and agreed to pay a $75,000 ransom to unlock its computer system. However, there are...

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26
Jun

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Guidehouse to conduct data validation and audits of a select number of Merit-ba...

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21
Jun

J. Michael Conerly, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of LAMMICO, was elected to serve a three-year term on the Medical Professional Liabili...

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12
Jun

LAMMICO has created an online Physician Job Board as a tool for insureds to post and find open physician positions and to help practices fill open job...

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05
Jun

LAMMICO reminds policyholders of resources available to help you prepare in the event of a weather emergency to limit disruption to your practice.

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31
May

A message from President/CEO J. Michael Conerly, M.D., MBA, on his new role as President and CEO of LAMMICO.

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31
May

LAMMICO’s new one-hour continuing education course, “Workplace Violence in Ambulatory Care,” can guide you through a process that will bolster your pr...

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31
May

Our upcoming webinars offer CME and Risk Management Premium Discount Credit that may be used to reduce the basic limits portion of your LAMMICO insura...

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31
May

Every medical practice should be aware of the distinction between the “consent” of an individual and the requirement of an “authorization” by the indi...

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29
May

LAMMICO wants to take this opportunity to recognize Dr. Hines because of his significant contributions on behalf of Louisiana physicians.

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22
May

Due to the PCF's recent action regarding Practice Protection Fund, many healthcare providers needed to find a new underlying carrier in order to stay...

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08
May

In celebration of National Nurses Week, here are a few ways that LAMMICO supports our nurses.

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03
May

The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy announced a third party platform that allows integration between the Louisiana Prescription Monitoring Program (LA PMP...

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22
Apr

A new state law called Billing by Contracted Healthcare Providers went into effect August 1, 2018.

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17
Apr

In February, the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy announced a third party platform that allows integration between the Louisiana Prescription Monitoring Pr...

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12
Apr

Louisiana’s Health Care Consumer Billing and Disclosure Protection Act, La. R.S. 22:1871, et seq., prevents a provider from “attempting to collect fro...

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12
Apr

The Board of Directors of LAMMICO elected J. Michael Conerly, M.D., to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2019. Since...

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12
Apr

For healthcare providers, complying with disability laws is not always easy. Patients with disabilities need different things, and doing the right thi...

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12
Apr

Failure to rescue is a concept that espouses the idea that clinicians should be able to quickly identify when a patient is developing deteriorating sy...

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12
Apr
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As part of an ongoing effort to provide robust education about current topics and trends in patient safety and risk management, LAMMICO’s subsidiary r...

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10
Apr

     Congratulations to the recipient of the 4th Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award and Grant: Jennings American Legion Hospital in...

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03
Apr

NAS Insurance, LAMMICO’s cyber risk insurance carrier, recently published their 2019 Cyber Claims Digest, which analyzes cyber claims data from 2018....

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01
Apr

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of all surgical site infections are preventable. That’s a significant reason w...

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01
Apr

How to calculate your Quality score in 2019 This is not a mistake! The 2019 MIPS Composite Score is the sum of four different performance categorie...

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27
Mar

Louisiana law does not set the copy fees for a patient record request. Pursuant to Title 45 Section 164.524 of the Federal regulations, a patient or h...

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12
Mar

The Board of Directors of LAMMICO elected J. Michael Conerly, M.D., to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2019.

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26
Feb

The third year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) has started. The inclusion of opioid-related measures and activities, as well as the addition of p...

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25
Feb

Thomas H. Grimstad, M.D. reflects on his 20-year career at LAMMICO ahead of his retirement.

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25
Feb

Natalie Cohen, LAMMICO Practice Management Specialist, offers insights on the Quality Payment Program and MIPS in her “MIPS in a Minute” column.

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25
Feb

For patients who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or late-deafened, effective communication requires more.

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25
Feb

Does a physician have a legal obligation to inform a patient’s employer or the government of a patient’s condition if it could affect their ability to...

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25
Feb

In order to better serve our insureds, LAMMICO has made several changes to our upcoming schedule of risk management and patient safety education for 2...

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25
Feb

Medical Interactive presents three new courses as part of an ongoing effort to provide robust education about current topics and trends in patient saf...

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20
Feb

When a physician makes the decision to close a medical practice, there are procedures and responsibilities that must be carried out to allow time for...

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15
Feb

The payment adjustments from the 2017 Performance Year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) are being applied to the 2019 dates of service and are sho...

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06
Feb

In addition to a very small increase in the conversion factor to $36.04 (from $35.99), the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule included some ne...

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01
Feb

You may still be able to avoid a five percent penalty! Here are a few important key items to consider about QPP before you get too far into 2019. A...

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30
Jan

The Department of Health and Human Services recently released the "Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients"...

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23
Jan

Now offering expanded coverage options, Elatas Risk Partners is dedicated to helping your business succeed by tailoring insurance portfolios to fulfil...

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09
Jan

LAMMICO can report your completion of our course “Louisiana Act 76, Controlled Substances: Prescribing, Diversion Prevention and Addiction Treatment”...

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09
Jan

The MACRA legislation passed in 2015 created the Quality Payment Program (QPP). There are two pathways in the QPP: MIPS (Merit Based Incentive Payment...

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02
Jan

Effective January 1, 2019, Louisiana law provides that those required to sign a death certificate must complete it electronically.

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26
Dec

Happy holidays from all of us at LAMMICO!

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19
Dec

The Board has elected Frederick J. White, III, M.D., as LAMMICO's Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2019.

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05
Dec

A Connecticut allergy practice has agreed to pay the OCR $125,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Priva...

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26
Nov

Effective August 1, 2018, Louisiana has a new and expanded definition of personal private information.

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19
Nov

At the end of a person's life, his or her family may have very different views on medical care, putting the healthcare provider in the middle of famil...

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19
Nov

Many healthcare providers likely don’t know that certain types of surgical procedures performed in an office require specialized record-keeping.

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19
Nov

Physician burnout has been present for about 20 years, but it has not been actively acknowledged until the past decade. We present some details about...

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19
Nov

An example of a claim that resulted in an uncapped exposure is discussed - a claim brought by a third-party alleging negligent discharge.

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19
Nov

Beginning with January 1, 2019 renewals, rate changes as approved by our independent actuary and the Louisiana Department of Insurance represent an ov...

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15
Nov

Under the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act (“the Act”), damages are limited or “capped” at $500,000 plus medical expenses in cases filed against heal...

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15
Nov

The LAMMICO Risk Management Hospital Premium Discount Program was established to reward hospitals and eligible ambulatory surgery centers that improve...

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15
Nov

Could the healthcare professionals at your facility be carefully following hand hygiene protocols but still spreading bacteria via their stethoscopes?...

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14
Nov

If you are a MIPS eligible clinician or group AND you did not submit data in 2017, don't plan to submit data in 2018 or 2019 AND generate at least $20...

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02
Nov

You can still avoid a QPP Penalty without an EHR! Do you see the N700 remark code on your Medicare EOBs? If your EOBs from Medicare include this remar...

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31
Oct

In today’s constant barrage of technology warnings, it is easy to overlook the dusty old fax machine in the corner.

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17
Oct

News about cybersecurity threats fills our inboxes daily, and the information can be difficult to process. As cybersecurity threats and regulations co...

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10
Oct

LAMMICO is proud to provide MOC-approved CME and CNE for this year’s DEM conference in New Orleans.

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03
Oct

Is a staff member’s use of a patient’s full name in the waiting room considered a HIPAA violation?

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28
Sep

The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) have issued congruent rules governing physician...

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28
Sep

To address this growing and often unrecognized issue of nursing burnout, LAMMICO has developed a continuing education program designed specifically fo...

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28
Sep

The ADA compels healthcare providers to accommodate patients with disabilities, including allowing some types of animals in the treatment room.

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28
Sep

The applicable laws relating to audio-visual recording in a healthcare setting are frequently misunderstood.

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28
Sep

LAMMICO insures hospitals, facilities, physicians and mid-level providers – giving you the benefit of working with a single carrier to effectively cov...

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05
Sep

There are still a lot of pieces that need to fall in place before a Louisiana patient can walk into a medical office and ask for marijuana.

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22
Aug

Organizations should consider whether their process for disposing of electronic devices and media does so in a secure manner.

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13
Aug

One of the most talked about recommendations of the 2019 QPP Proposed Rule is the proposed changes to the current Evaluation and Management (E&M) code...

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08
Aug

One effective but underused technological shield healthcare providers can wield against modern-day security attacks is encryption: usually free, readi...

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20
Jul

What should you do if a federal investigative agent shows up at the door of the company that you work for?

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20
Jul

There are many things that healthcare providers or their office staff do that could potentially result in a False Claims audit or investigation.

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19
Jul

Providers are encouraged to submit their comments and suggestions on the QPP Year 3 Proposed Final Rule before September 10, 2018.

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11
Jul

The LSBME and the LSBN have issued congruent rules governing physician collaboration with APRNs required to have a collaborative practice agreement.

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22
Jun

Log in as a Member at LAMMICO.com to access Practice Solutions’ newest resources on HIPAA.

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30
May

Breaches are not always accidents. Current and former healthcare employees are the biggest threats to patient HIPAA privacy.

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16
May

If you don’t check federal and state exclusion lists, you may not be able to keep the payment checks!

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15
May

The waiver of coinsurance and deductibles owed by patients treated by physicians and other health care providers has come under increased scrutiny rec...

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15
May

The opioid overdose crisis has brought significant regulatory changes to how, when, and why prescribers may order controlled pain medication.

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15
May

Three MIPS performance categories have measures and activities that directly relate to the prescribing and management of opioids in a physician practi...

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15
May

Congratulations to the recipient of the 3rd Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award & Grant: Specialists Hospital Shreveport.

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15
May

Elatas Risk Partners is dedicated to helping your business succeed by tailoring insurance portfolios to fulfill your unique needs.

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15
May

After more than 20 years with LAMMICO, Thomas H. Grimstad, M.D., has announced his retirement as President and CEO effective March 1, 2019.

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09
May

Thomas H. Grimstad, M.D., has announced his retirement as LAMMICO President and CEO effective March 1, 2019.

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02
May

Several federal and state laws govern how practices and hospitals should treat patients with hearing difficulties or who do not speak English.

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30
Apr

Providers must check the federal and state exclusion databases for all employees, owners, managers and providers in their practices to avoid monetary...

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25
Apr

LAMMICO offers guidance to our insureds facing a claim through our Litigation Stress Management Seminar.

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10
Apr

Congratulations to the recipient of the 3rd Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award & Grant: Specialists Hospital Shreveport.

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09
Apr

Utilize LAMMICO's online Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) courses and earn 5% off your hospital base premium.

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09
Apr

Congratulations to the recipient of the 3rd Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award & Grant: Specialists Hospital Shreveport.

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09
Apr

LAMMICO is linking the 2018-2019 Award and Grant Program to its online educational activity entitled “Nurse Well-Being: The Burnout Dilemma.”

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09
Apr

Hospitals must work harder than ever to track the influx of medical device communications and recalls.

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09
Apr

To reduce falls, every hospital employee should be on the lookout for the conditions that cause them.

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04
Apr

Elatas Risk Partners is dedicated to helping your business succeed by tailoring insurance portfolios to fulfill your unique needs.

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28
Mar

We summarize the regulations and requirements for QPP in 2018 so you can avoid a 5% Medicare penalty in 2020.

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28
Mar

We highlight some of the situations involving claims that fall outside of the Louisiana medical malpractice damages cap.

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21
Mar

Learn strategies to avoid burnout at LAMMICO's brand new live lecture series.

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16
Mar

We summarize the regulations and requirements for QPP in 2018 so you can avoid a 5% Medicare penalty in 2020.

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14
Mar

The experts at Johnson Lambert LLP offer insights on how the new tax plan impacts healthcare providers.

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07
Mar

LAMMICO has developed a three-hour controlled substance course to meet the new Louisiana state requirements.

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28
Feb

OCR has provided examples of activities to reduce the chances of being a victim of cyber extortion.

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16
Feb

Healthcare providers should ensure that their system and business processes are ready to accept the new Medicare cards by April 2018.

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16
Feb

Many physicians are faced with requests from their minor, yet maturing patients, that their health information not be disclosed to their parents.

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16
Feb

LAMMICO is developing a three-hour CME course directed specifically to the new Louisiana state requirements for prescribers of controlled substances.

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16
Feb

It is with heavy hearts that we learned of the passing of former LAMMICO President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert L. di Benedetto, M.D., on Octob...

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14
Feb

If you're an eligible clinician who submitted 2017 Quality performance data for MIPS via claims, you'll now be able to view your performance scores th...

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14
Feb

A new law, the 21st Century Cures Act, may be the start of stomping out the fax machine in medicine.

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07
Feb

Healthcare providers have until March 1, 2018 to report a 2017 HIPAA breach regarding 500 or fewer individuals to the OCR.

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24
Jan

DCFS adopted an Emergency Rule relative to Physician Notification, which shall be effective on January 28, 2018.

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19
Jan

We will summarize the regulations and requirements for QPP in 2018 so that you can AVOID a 5% Medicare penalty in 2020.

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17
Jan

Beginning in April 2018, Medicare cards using the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier number will be distributed to replace cards using the social-sec...

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10
Jan

CMS recently issued guidance distinguishing texting patient information from texting patient orders.

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03
Jan

We offer insights into the Medical Review Panel process in Louisiana.

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27
Dec

The Office for Civil Rights offers tips to prevent unauthorized access to PHI by former workplace members.

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20
Dec

Wishing you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday season!

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18
Dec

Here are a few things for your medical practice to keep in mind as 2017 winds down.

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