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When medical science becomes fake news Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 24 June 2019 11:23

Brian C. Joondeph, MD contributes an enlightening post on June 22, 2019, via KevinMD:
Every week there is another health pronouncement saying what is now good for you and what is going to kill you. Unfortunately, the "what" is often interchangeable - what was supposed to kill you last week is now suddenly good for you or vice versa. Foods, supplements, and activities, all studied extensively and determined to be either good or bad, then subject to a new study, with the opposite conclusion. How can this be? Is the science that fickle? Or is this lousy research?

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2019 11:29
In our health system, who owns patients? Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 10 June 2019 17:32

Philip A. Masters, MD authors an insightful piece in KevinMD on June 7, 2019. According to Dr. Masters, VP, Membership and International Programs, American College of Physicians, patient ownership "reflects a rich, complex, and multifaceted concept that has served as a foundation on which medical practice has been built over the course of history." Dr. Masters goes on to describe how many of the changes in our current health system are undermining this central value in medicine. 

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State of the FL Med Mal Market - Hard Market Now Unfolding Print E-mail
Written by Matt Gracey   
Friday, 31 May 2019 10:43

Just as the heat of summer begins and ushers in hurricane season here in Florida, unfortunately other dark clouds are forming in the market for doctors' medical malpractice insurance. For the last twelve years malpractice premiums have steadily decreased until the last few years of flat prices. As the frequency and severity of claims against doctors has begun to rise in the last few years, few insurers raised their prices because of competitive fears. Most insurers started taking money out of their claims reserves and offset the growing expenses of legal fees and claims expenses so as not to need to increase their rates. Some decreased dividends and other "behind the curtains" discretionary credits so as not to have to publicly announce rate increases. All of this circumvention of straight up premium increases seems to now be behind us. In just the last month a number of companies have either announced or been approved for more significant rate increases. With most insurers of doctors in Florida now losing money on every policy they write, the only questions now are how much will rates increase and how quickly. My prediction is that many specialties will, over the next three years, experience pricing increases of up to twenty-five percent, with some even higher. In Georgia, one insurer just announced last week that rates will immediately increase up to forty-five percent on one specialty and thirty-six percent on another. We in Florida are no longer immune from such market changes, unfortunately.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 May 2019 11:02
Nurses Are Striking. Where Are the Physicians? Print E-mail
Written by Michael Pappas, MD | Kevin MD   
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:06
The U.S. healthcare "system" is completely and utterly broken. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. system ranks 37th in the world, all while spending dramatically more on healthcare than other wealthy countries. Tens of millions remain without any health insurance coverage. For many, medical bills can mean economic ruin — some surveys show that up to 66.5% of all bankruptcies in the U.S are a result of medical expenses. On the front lines of this system are nurses and physicians — individuals who, by and large, decided to go into the profession to help patients and communities — are becoming more frustrated by their inability to do just that, sometimes even causing providers to leave the profession. While many inside the U.S. medical-industrial complex have had enough, nurses throughout New York City (NYC) are putting their collective foot down and showing us the way to fight for better outcomes for patients and better working conditions for providers.

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Big Tobacco Succeeds in Targeting Teens Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 06 May 2019 17:56
Alex Bogusky ran an effective marketing campaign 20 years ago that helped "young people to see the tobacco companies as they really were" when it came to marketing cigarettes. His NY Times editorial, published 5/3/19, points out the current regulatory hole that is allowing Big Tobacco to ramp up marketing for vaping to teenagers. These marketing efforts have the potential to wipe out the significant public health progress over the past 2 decades in reducing tobacco use in teenagers. He advocates for corporate moral responsibility in the advertising industry through the "Quit Big Tobacco" campaign.
"Few healthcare professionals and executives who read this editorial will support Big Tobacco marketing vaping to teenagers," according to Craig Tanio, MD, MBA, a member of the executive team at Rezilir Health in Hollywood, FL. "It has been 55 years since the Surgeon General's first report on cigarettes and the facts are clear."
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Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2019 11:43
FICPA Wraps Up Another Successful Health Care Industry Conference Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Friday, 03 May 2019 16:29
Few professions are as evolving as healthcare. Regulatory and legislative changes contribute to the industry's thirst for current information. The 2019 Florida Institute of CPAs Health Care Industry Conference, held at the Caribe Royale Resort Suites in Orlando on April 25 and 26, 2019, brought together experts in the field providing the latest data, resources and insights to keep healthcare professional at the top of their game. Faculty included Jana Kolarik, Clinnie F. Biggs Jr., Amanda Brady, CPA, MBA, Jaime Caldwell, Monica R. Chmielewski, Fraser Cobbe, Kirk P. Cornack, CPA, Lynda M. Dennis, CGFO, PhD, Aurelio M. Fernandez, Susan L. Friend, CPA, Calvin E. Glidewell, Jr. and Jeff Goolsby, CPA, CGMA.

Major topics included:

·         Orientation to health care accounting
·         Alternative payment models
·         Physician practice M & A transactions
·         Accounting for software implementation
·         Revenue cycles
·         Recruitment and retention
·         Robotic process automation

Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2019 17:04
The Fallacy of Patient-Centered Care Print E-mail
Written by Myles Gart, MD | KevinMD   
Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00
I often wonder what it was like before patient-centered care became a mainstream catchphrase. Was there a poor relationship between the patient and physician in the outpatient setting? Were hospitalized patients' feelings, desires, goals, and therapy options ignored? It amazes me that we were able to care for patients more than ten years ago without using a "patient-centered" approach. According to NEJM Catalyst, "Patient-and family-centered care encourages the active collaboration and shared decision-making between patients, families, and providers to design and manage...
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Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2019 16:20
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