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Trump Wins, Republicans Will Control Both Houses Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 14 November 2016 13:52

On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump won the White House  while Republicans maintained control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Repeal and Replace, a Republican mantra since the ACA's enactment in March of 2010, is now possible. However, many experts are predicting the Affordable Care Act will be modified instead.

In a November 11, 2016 blog post entitled How Congress, President-Elect Trump Might Proceed on Promise to Repeal, Replace ACA, attorneys Jeremy Earl Ankur J. Goel and Kate McDonald assert...

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 18:43
Broward based nephrologist launches interactive health IT solution Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 11:06

Like a lot of innovative ideas, Dr. Naveen Goel's inspiration grew out of a frustration with the status quo.

As a busy Plantation based interventional nephrologist, he ran into the usual dysfunction of the American healthcare system: difficulty sharing health information with other providers and patients, episodic care that failed to properly treat chronic conditions plus disengaged and uninformed patients, ill-prepared to contribute to their own health maintenance.

Dr. Goel saw the inefficiencies from the patient perspective as well. He watched aging family members, despite competent and caring providers, suffer due to poor coordination of care, botched medication management plus unnecessary office visits and avoidable hospital admissions.  

He began to envision what an efficient, patient focused system would look like:

·         Seamless information sharing with the healthcare team

·         Continuous monitoring instead of episodes of care

·         Care coordination with informed and empowered patients at the center

The current push towards value based care combined with major information technology advances created an opportunity for Dr. Goel to make a difference. He shared his vision with his old friend Sanjay Deo, a healthcare IT specialist. Mr. Deo wrote the computer code that brought Dr. Goel's idea from concept to reality. Their creation, called HealthKOS (, is a patient centric solution that is easy to use. It empowers the patient to monitor their health through bluetooth enabled devices and allows the healthcare team to monitor patient progress outside the physician's office, leading to timely interventions and preventing unnecessary disease progression and hospitalizations.  HealthKOS is an interactive health IT solution which securely shares  information via automated interactions, within the patient network. The processes optimize medication use and care coordination. With a click of a button, patients have access to their health history from any mobile device and can share it with physicians or patient care members.

Their web based IT solution offers three inter-connected services:

·         Patient Health Mgmt - personalized health maintenance with connected care shifts health data ownership and integration to a patient-focused and caregiver-accessible model

·         Patient Medication Mgmt- dubbed virtual Pillbox, this application handles medication review, tracking and reminders

·         Telehealth-connecting patient to their own physician, enhancing the already established "doctor - patient" relationship and greatly improving the patient's quality of life

HealthKOS is targeting accountable care organizations, hospitals, health plans and employers to offer the HealthKOS application to their populations. HealthKOS is offered as Software as a service (SaaS, pronounced /sæs/), a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted.  "At $3 per patient, per month, HealthKOS pays for itself in greatly improved outcomes," states Allan German, Director of Business Development for the startup.

"We believe HealthKOS will be a game changer in how medicine is  practiced. HealthKOS 'Continuous Connected Care' should become the new standard of care replacing the current system of 'Episodic Care'. This is the way medicine should  be practiced as it will save time and money for both doctors and patients," adds Dr. Goel.

For more information, visit or call 855-227-3567.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 11:16
Trump Starts New Political Era as Republicans Claim Mandate Print E-mail
Written by Ben Brody, Mark Niquette | Bloomberg   
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 00:00

Repeal and Replace Now a Real Possibility

In the hours after Donald Trump's election as the 45th president of the U.S., Republicans in Congress claimed a mandate for their agenda to...replace Obamacare...House Speaker Paul Ryan credited Trump with helping Republicans keep control of both chambers of Congress and said his victory will let the party be bold in using its clout to enact legislation..."With unified Republican government, we can fix this," Ryan said of Obamacare...<Sentate Leader Mitch> McConnell said he "would be shocked" if a repeal isn't dealt with.

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2016 13:51
How the U.S. Health System Stacks Up Against its Peers Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 00:00

Ivana Kottasova, in a November 2, 2016 CNNMoney post, compares the U.S. health system to systems in place in Canada, the U.K., France and Germany.
This brief look at our colleague nations illustrates how difficult health policy is for first world countries. These five are all experiencing various degrees of inefficiency, escalating costs, lack of access and/or funding issues.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 18:43
Appeals Court: Malpractice Damage Caps Unconstitutional Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Monday, 31 October 2016 18:12

The News Service of Florida reports, via Health News Florida, on Oct 27, 2016:
The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled against Peace River Regional Medical Center in a lawsuit filed against the hospital and doctors by Iala Suarez, who alleged that negligent care when she was pregnant led to her daughter being born with severe neurological injuries.
A jury awarded $5.25 million in non-economic damages to Suarez and her daughter, with the hospital responsible for a portion of that amount.
In Wednesday's ruling, written by Judge Robert Morris and joined by judges Patricia Kelly and Nelly Khouzam, the panel said...that the limits were unconstitutional.
(Editor's Note: The FL Supreme Court in 2014 ruled that the caps were unconstitutional in a wrongful-death case involving a woman who died after giving birth in a Northwest Florida hospital. The current case involves a personal-injury claim, rather than a wrongful-death claim.)
According to Matt Gracey, President, Danna-Gracey:
This is significant but it will be appealed and the FL Supreme Court will rule on it as well. We expect with the current FSC composition all of the caps will be thrown out, further destabilizing the malpractice insurance market that is on the verge of seeing increasing pricing due to the increased claims activity and higher judgment amounts, combined with fierce competition among the insurance carriers.

(Editor's Note: FSC=Florida Supreme Court. The composition refers to the more liberal wing of the court, mostly Christ appointees, who have sided repeatedly with the plaintiff bar on the caps and lots of other rulings.)

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 18:30
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