February 21st, 2013
The Crescent City Beacon Community (CCBC) and its numerous partners, convened by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), was recently awarded the 2013 Innovator Award from Healthcare Informatics for its efforts to transform the healthcare delivery system in the Greater New Orleans area.
The CCBC program and the Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange (GNOHIE) are part of a larger healthcare improvement revolution that demonstrates how health information technology investments and meaningful use of electronic medical records advance the vision of patient-centered care, while achieving the triple aim of better health, better care, and lower costs.
In April 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology chose the Greater New Orleans area as one of only 17 federally funded Beacon communities. Since then, CCBC has advanced several innovative projects, including creating a new patient-centered care coordination system for the New Orleans area, enabled by the GNOHIE, the city’s first Health Information Exchange.
September 27th, 2012
With Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration opting out of the Medicaid expansion offered in the federal Affordable Care Act, New Orleans officials say they are looking for ways to go it alone. Jindal announced his decision after the Supreme Court in June upheld the constitutionality of the health-care overhaul legislation but ruled that states can’t be compelled to expand Medicaid, a key component of President Barack Obama’s goal of providing near universal health coverage by 2014.
If Gov. Jindal chooses not expand Medicaid as allowed through the Affordable Care Act, the City of New Orleans is working with the (federal) Department of Health & Human Services some options to provide universal coverage for residents.
Check out the full story from the Times-Picayune by clicking here.
February 8th, 2011
Growing your own vegetables at home, also known as “urban farming,” is a money-saving idea that can put more nutrient dense foods at your finger tips. Even if you don’t have much of a garden or backyard you can still grow vegetables successfully in containers. Here’s a list of ten of some of the most vitamin-rich vegetables along with easy ways that you can grow them yourself at home. For more information and helpful resources on urban farming, the New Orleans Food and Farm Network offers garden trainings every third Saturday of the month. Visit www.noffn.org for more information.
September 29th, 2010
In these tough economic times, some innovative companies are developing wellness programs to help get their employees in shape to help offset costs. After all, a pair of sneakers cost $68.00 versus $98,000 for open heart surgery. According to a Louisiana employee benefits company, employees who exercise once a week have health care costs of about $680.00 a year compared with about $1300.00 for those who don’t. Read more on the benefits of employee wellness programs on the bottom-line and click here for tips on creating employee wellness programs.
July 13th, 2010
Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are a serious and growing concern nationally. HAIs are infections that people get while receiving treatment for another health issue. HAI infections result in over 86,000 deaths per year and result in huge costs to healthcare systems. While a cause for concern, the good news is that these infections are easily preventable if healthcare professionals are diligent about maintaining sterile conditions and closely monitoring patients. Programs advocating for HAI prevention awareness have shown that adopting a few simple measures can reduce the rate of HAIs by two-thirds and save hospitals $200 million in just 18 months. Click here to read more about studies on HAIs and their costs. Click here to read about the Department of Health and Human Services’ plan to reduce the burden of HAIs nationally.
October 14th, 2009
Tired of the same old leftovers? Ready to toss those vegetable extras like carrot ends and celery tops? Think that stale bread is ready for the trash? Think again. There are a lot of creative ways to put leftovers to good use. This list of 50 ways to never waste food again offers healthy and green ways to stretch your food dollar.
September 25th, 2009
It’s important to understand where your food comes from. Food consumed in the U.S. now travels an average of 1,500 miles before ending up on our plates. Individual health and local economies are better supported when we buy from local growers and producers whenever possible. Find out what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is doing to promote the local food movement and click here to locate a farmer’s market in your part of Louisiana or elsewhere. Photo: Original work by Grant Wood, 1930.
September 23rd, 2009
Balancing a hectic schedule with one’s career, family and friends can leave little time for cooking healthy and buying fresh foods at the grocery or farmer’s market. However, giving into the drive thru and eating out regularly can both add to your waistline and expenses. Here are 10 tips for eating healthy on a budget.
September 21st, 2009
You may think the dollar value menu at your local fast food chain is a bargain, but the low cost of foods high in fat and calories can come at a much bigger cost to your health. Superfoods are foods high in nutritional value. Check out this dollar value menu for six superfoods that deliver the most nutritious bang for your buck (or less).