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Ochsner Develops New Approach to Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care

Top Private Companies 2024: ‘Organic growth’ helps boost Ochsner’s revenue across $7B in 2023

New Orleans City Business | Mar 18, 2024

While acquisition and expansion have grown Ochsner Health over the last 20 years since Hurricane Katrina, organic growth was a major contributing factor to the system’s increased revenue, up 14% year-over-year to a projected $7.3 billion in 2023.

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Maternal deaths in the U.S. spiked in 2021, CDC reports

NPR | Mar 18, 2024

In 2021, the U.S. had one of the worst rates of maternal mortality in the country's history, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report found that 1,205 people died of maternal causes in the U.S. in 2021. That represents a 40% increase from the previous year.


Ochsner Health takes DIY approach to health workforce shortages

The American Medical Association | Mar 18, 2024

When the nation’s health care organizations were scrambling to find personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ochsner Health came up with a sustainable solution.

The New Orleans-based health system partnered with a local company to start a PPE-manufacturing business, SafeSource Direct, to ensure that it had a reliable source of quality exam gloves, N95 respirators, hair-bouffant head covers and isolation gowns.

Ochsner Health is taking the same approach in addressing its shortages of physicians, nurses and other health professionals by partnering with local institutions to educate and train staff to build its workforce.

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Ochsner MD Anderson Cancer Center offers new colorectal cancer treatments as rates rise among younger adults

The Times Picayune | Mar 18, 2024

At Ochsner MD Anderson Cancer Center in New Orleans, it isn’t unusual to see patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer at increasingly younger ages. Although the disease still most commonly affects those over age 50, the numbers have been rising the fastest among a younger population across the world and doctors have treated cases in people as young as their 20s. The reasons for the rise remain unclear, although researchers are examining nutrition, lifestyle factors, genetic makeup, and other possible causes.


Louisiana physician developing new drug to treat pain — as safer alternative to opioids

The Advocate | Mar 1, 2024

Dr. Hernan Bazan, a physician at Ochsner Health who is also CEO and co-founder of South Rampart Pharma, Inc., was one of five researchers chosen from around the country for a National Institutes of Health award that aims to address addiction. The award, called Helping to End Addiction Long-term, or HEAL, Trailblazer Award, recognizes solutions to the opioid crisis. The drug is now ready for a Phase 2 trial.


Ochsner Digital Medicine to Serve Humana Medicaid Patients in Louisiana

Healthcare Innovation | Mar 1, 2024

Ochsner Digital Medicine is partnering with Humana’s Medicaid plan for Louisiana to provide digital medicine services to its members.

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Ochsner's 'lofty goal' to redesign care

Becker's Hospital Review | Mar 1, 2024

Hospitals and health systems have continued to evolve their approaches and strategies to tackle today's industry challenges. For New Orleans-based Ochsner Health, that has meant an increased focus on patient access, particularly in the ambulatory setting, as well as workforce stabilization, according to Mike Hulefeld, the organization's president and COO.

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'We can not afford the status quo': What systems aren't talking about enough

Becker's Hospital Review | Feb 23, 2024

Leaders across healthcare are working to improve their system in a variety of ways, but some parts of care and delivery are being overlooked, leaders told Becker's.

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Ochsner Joins Academic Consortium’s Global Integrative Health Network

Biz New Orleans | Feb 23, 2024

Ochsner Health is joining nearly 80 of the world’s most recognized academic medical centers and health systems as a new member of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.


The unique perspectives of healthcare leaders under 40

Becker's Hospital Review | Feb 23, 2024

Leaders of all backgrounds bring varying styles and perspectives to roles at hospitals and health systems. This includes the next generation of healthcare leaders, who bring their own approaches to the issues they focus on each day, including philanthropy, technology and culture.

Becker's asked some of our "rising stars" under 40 to answer the following question: As a young leader in healthcare, what unique perspectives or approaches do you bring to your role that you believe are particularly valuable in driving innovation and addressing the evolving needs of patients and healthcare providers?

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