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Healthcare system battles obesity while others appear to encourage it Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 02 July 2018 16:17
It's no secret that obesity is skyrocketing globally and is particularly severe in the U.S. We're #1 among industrialized nations. Equally clear is obesity's role in coronary artery disease, stroke, adult onset diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, some cancers and other diseases and conditions. Considering this, several headlines from last week are disturbing...
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Last Updated on Monday, 06 August 2018 17:49
The medical malpractice rate storm is coming – seek shelter Print E-mail
Written by Tom Murphy | Danna-Gracey   
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 14:09
In the wake of the March 13, 2014 Florida Supreme Court ruling that a 2003 law limiting damages in medical-malpractice cases was deemed unconstitutional, a more difficult, “hard market” was predicted to hit Florida’s malpractice insurance market soon. Much like the dark storms on the horizon indicating a coming storm, we are starting to see significant signs of the changing market. What should we be considering in our medical practice to be prepared?

Just like creating a hurricane plan before the fury of a storm descends upon you, now is a good time to be positioning your practice for the impending malpractice insurance hard market that will be unfolding in the next few years. The best strategy can be broken down as follows:
  • Preventative Measures – Focus yourself and your practice team on risk management. The importance of including the staff in risk management discussions is often overlooked. Studies show that the friendlier your practice environment is, the lower your risk of a lawsuit.  The top malpractice insurance carriers will offer free self-assessment tools as well as risk management assessments of your practice including in-office observations and recommendations.
  • Review Your Malpractice Insurance Coverage – Have an experienced specialist to make sure you are on “high ground” when the storm unfolds. Ask your broker to shop your coverage to a number of rated insurers. However, you must beware of the many offers from small, new, unrated insurance companies now offering coverage in Florida. The few strong insurers have the ability to withstand the upcoming market pressures because they are not highly leveraged, are not offering actuarially unsound rates, and have a long-term philosophy. Find those and you will be much better off when the high winds are pounding on your practice windows!
  • Utilize Negotiating Power – Many medical societies, networks, and hospitals have created malpractice insurance purchasing groups to give even smaller practices the negotiating power of larger ones. The Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners (FLANP) Board of Directors, in conjunction with NP Nation have created just such a purchasing program through their partnership with Danna-Gracey for nurse practitioners medical malpractice insurance – the Superior Nurse Practitioner Insurance Solutions (SNPIS) professional liability insurance purchasing program. Coverage is provided through CM&F/Medical Protective, rated A++ (Superior) by A.M. Best, a Warren Buffett/Berkshire Hathaway company. CM&F has been insuring nurses since 1947, and nurse practitioners since 1987.
For more information, contact Tom Murphy at 800.966.2120, or fill out the application here.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 14:25
Study: Herpes Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer's Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 25 June 2018 15:27
Jen Christensen, in a June 21, 2018 CNN post, reports that researchers have found strong evidence to suggest that two strains of the human herpes virus -- 6A and 7 -- may contribute to the disease that robs people of their memory and cognitive functions. The research was published Thursday in the journal Neuron. Some scientists have long believed that viruses play a role in the development of Alzheimer's, according to Ms. Christensen. One of the most prominent theories is that Alzheimer's may start in the brain as a response to injury from a virus.
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Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2018 13:49
FL HIV/AIDS Problem Unusually Severe Print E-mail
Written by Jon Cohen |   
Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00
It's a Tuesday afternoon in April, and doctors at the adult HIV/AIDS clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospitalin Miami  face their usual onslaught of patients. There's the young, recently diagnosed gay man from Venezuela here for his first appointment. An older gay man who emigrated from Colombia and has been treated at the clinic for 18 years. A 37-year-old Massachusetts native who is battling a heroin addiction, has a drug-related heart condition, and has done time for selling sex. Rounding out the queue are an undocumented grandmother from the Dominican Republic, a mentally challenged and occasionally homeless African-American woman, and an elderly Haitian woman in a wheelchair.
The mosaic of patients represents the major drivers of HIV's spread and the communities hard hit by AIDS in the United States. And it helps explain why in 2016, Miami had the highest new infection rate per capita of any U.S. city...
Last Updated on Friday, 15 June 2018 11:45
A serious new hurdle for CRISPR: Edited cells might cause cancer, two studies find Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Begley | STAT   
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 17:54
Editing cells' genomes with CRISPR-Cas9 might increase the risk that the altered cells, intended to treat disease, will trigger cancer, two studies published on Monday <6.11.18> warn - a potential game-changer for the companies developing CRISPR-based therapies. In the studies, published in Nature Medicine, scientists found that cells whose genomes are successfully edited by CRISPR-Cas9 have the potential to seed tumors inside a patient. That could make some CRISPR'd cells ticking time bombs, according to researchers from Sweden's Karolinska Institute and, separately, Novartis.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 17:57
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