OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
Navigating the ever changing and uncertain healthcare landscape can be a nightmare for providers and businesses alike. It’s also an opportunity for entrepreneurs, who have come up with ways to help others make sense of what’s going on out there. Incredibly, two of the leading tech health companies in the nation are right here in Baton Rouge.
Cindy Heine is President and Principal of SyncStream Solutions. It’s a Baton Rouge based company that was founded three years ago to help employers both navigate the complex regulations governing the Affordable Care Act and to electronically file the massive amounts of documentation required by the law. In that short amount of time, the company has grown from a staff of three employees to more than 40, with offices in Baton Rouge and Metairie. It has also created its own proprietary software that it private-labels to other companies around the country.
Blaine Lindsey is the executive director, chairman and southeast division head of Aledade Louisiana, the local branch of a national company based in Bethesda, Maryland that helps primary care providers – doctors and hospitals – move away from the fee-for-service model, which is the way we’re used to, to a value-based health care system, which is the way of the future. Aledade was founded in 2014, and in just those three years has expanded its operations into 15 states, where it is in partnership with more than 200,000 patients in some 200 practices. Blaine has helped lead the growth in Louisiana, where it has some 6,000 patients through its partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.