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LHA Malpractice Trust Pays Dividends at Renewal

GOOD NEWS The LHA Malpractice Trust Fund Board has approved a $3,000,000 dividend distribution for eligible renewing members on 11/1/2015. Dividends will be paid in the form of a premium credit in accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement. For many members, the dividend will be significant. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Dolan, President and CEO at cindy@lhatrustfunds.com o ...[Read More]

ICD-10, Will You Be Ready?

The ICD-10 transition will affect every part of your practice, from software upgrades, to patient registration and referrals, to clinical documentation and billing. With the compliance date quickly approaching, we take this time to inform you that CMS and the AMA have issued a Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities. CMS announced on Monday July 6, 2015 that it would work wi ...[Read More]

FYImail: Improving Communication When Transferring Patients

Communication is a common root cause of many adverse events in healthcare. As a matter of fact, The Joint Commission ranks communication as one of the top 3 root causes of sentinel events since 2012. Transfer of patient care is a critical point for succinct communication. Use of a standardized tool to facilitate comprehensive communication at the transfer of care has become a standard practice in ...[Read More]

Premises Liability

Premises liability refers to the body of law that holds a property owner, or any person in possession of the property, liable for damages suffered on their premises. As it relates to our hospital environment, premises liability hold us responsible for the safety of our visitors while they are on and moving about our property (property includes parking areas, grounds, walkways, pathways, buildings, ...[Read More]

Three Louisiana Healthcare Facilities Recognized as Safety Stars

The Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) Trust Funds announced the three recipients of its 2015 Safety Star Award Monday. This year’s Safety Star Award Winners are GastroIntestinal Specialists in Shreveport, LA, Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Cut Off, LA and Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, LA. “Every year through our Safety Star Award, we are able to recognize three of our members ...[Read More]

The Benefits of Surveillance Video

One of the best resources for a claim investigation is clear and timely surveillance video. It becomes the “eyes” and often times, the documentation we need to refute the allegations of a questionable claim. Unless definitive activity on the injured worker can be identified beforehand, post-­accident surveillance video is often times “hit or miss.” However, when used, surve ...[Read More]

Not All Slip and Falls are Related to Walking

By far, a slip and fall event is the most common visitor accident; however, we must also be aware of other factors and conditions that contribute to fall accidents. There are four primary types of accidents that can result in an injury from a fall: Slip ­and ­fall accidents: in which the contact of the shoe with the floor fails to support the walker’s center of gravity over the area stepped ...[Read More]

Back Injuries in the Workplace and How to Avoid Them

Back injuries are among the most common types of injuries and can be expensive and time consuming. Nearly four out of five adults will experience a back injury at some point in their lives. A single injury can cost as much as $100,000 and can keep workers off the job for longer than the average work-related injury. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), a category that includes back injuries, account f ...[Read More]

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

The month of May is designated as National Stroke Awareness Month in order to raise awareness to stroke and how to recognize and respond to stroke warning signs by acting F.A.S.T. Strokes often lead to serious, life-changing complications that include: Paralysis or weakness on one side of the body Problems with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment and memory Problems understanding an ...[Read More]

Protect Yourself From Needlestick Injuries

The World Health Organization reports of the 35 million healthcare workers, 2 million experience percutaneous exposure to infectious diseases each year. It further notes that 37.6% of Hepatitis B, 39% of Hepatitis C and 4.4% of HIV/AIDS in healthcare workers around the world are due to needlestick injuries. Below are a few resources offered by the CDC, WHO and NIOSH for addressing needlesticks in ...[Read More]