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Cleveland Clinic Florida Wellington Expands Primary Care Team Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Friday, 31 August 2018 10:31
Cleveland Clinic Florida Wellington, which opened to patients in the spring, has expanded its team of family medicine and internal medicine specialists who provide primary care services for adults and children six and older. Jessica Garcia, MD, and Giovanni Spatola, MD, who helped open the new office located in the Village Green Center at 2789 S. State Road 7, are joined by Shari Robins, MD, FACP, FAAP and Sarah Mitchell, DO, MS.

“Opening our first location in western Palm Beach County has been a crucial step in meeting the needs of our patients and the communities we serve,” said Wael Barsoum, MD, CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida, based in Weston. “We’ve assembled an excellent team of primary care physicians who are committed to delivering exceptional, high quality care to the Wellington community.”

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Garcia was medical director for an urgent care provider in Plantation and Pinecrest, FL. She is a graduate of St. Matthews University School of Medicine in the Cayman Islands, and completed her family medicine residency at St. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Spatola joined Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2012 and was previously practicing full-time from its Palm Beach Gardens office. A graduate of Medical University of the Americas - Nevis, he completed family medicine residencies at University of Florida, SHANDS in Jacksonville, and at Florida Hospital in Orlando. While he’s been seeing patients part-time in Wellington since the office opened, he will transition to full-time in late September.

Previously, Dr. Robins was medical director for a primary care medical group for seniors in Delray Beach, FL. She serves as an affiliate assistant professor of clinical biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. After graduating from the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Robins completed her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where she served as chief resident.

Dr. Mitchell is the most recent addition to the primary care team at Cleveland Clinic Florida Wellington. She moved to Florida from Saint Paul, MN, where she was a physician with the Oakdale Family Medicine Clinic. After graduating from Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Mitchell completed her family medicine residency at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, FL, serving as chief resident.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 August 2018 10:59
Components of heart healthy diet may differ from what was previously thought Print E-mail
Written by European Society of Cardiology (ESC) via MedicalXpress   
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 13:54
The foods that make up a heart healthy diet for people worldwide may differ from what was previously thought, according to late breaking results from the observational Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study presented today <8.28.18> in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress 2018 and simultaneously published in the Lancet. The results suggest that we should limit the amount of refined carbohydrates we eat and that dairy foods and unprocessed meat can be included as part of a healthy diet.
"People who consumed a diet emphasising fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy products, and meat had the lowest risks of cardiovascular disease and early death," said Co-principal Investigator Dr. Andrew Mente, of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. "Regarding meat, we found that unprocessed meat is associated with benefit."
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Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2018 12:45
Daily Aspirin Fails to Lower CV Risk in Long-term, Primary Prevention Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 27 August 2018 12:01
Somewhat surprising news broke over the weekend. Here's an excerpt from Medscape:
Aspirin at a daily dose of 100 mg was not seen to reduce the long-term risk for cardiovascular (CV) or cerebrovascular events in a trial that randomly assigned more than 12,000 nondiabetic adults with multiple CV risk factors but no history of CV events. Nor was the risk for stroke reduced.
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Recent Progress in the Value Journey: Growth of ACOs and Value-Based Payment Models in 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Health Affairs Blog   
Friday, 17 August 2018 16:15
The past year saw multiple developments that could affect payment reform-a new administration was getting up to speed, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was debated and its implementation modified through legislative and regulatory changes, and questions were raised about the future of alternative payment models. Despite this, implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its associated programs continued, private payers continued to highlight their commitment to value-based care, and many states took steps on payment reform in their Medicaid programs.

To gauge where the field is currently, we present the most recent figures on ACO and value-based payment (VBP) adoption, and assess the implications of these trends for the upcoming year. 

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 August 2018 16:17
FMA and Aetna Launch FL Obesity Initiative Print E-mail
Written by Health News Florida   
Friday, 10 August 2018 16:50
The Florida Medical Association's philanthropic arm has joined with its counterpart at Aetna to try to combat obesity. The effort will include providing free continuing medical education courses and arming physicians with information about fighting obesity and supporting patient health. Dubbed the "Healthy Living Initiative," the FMA's Foundation for Healthy Floridians is collaborating with the Aetna Foundation. The initiative will provide toolkits over the next year to physicians in Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. The toolkits are designed to help reduce incidents of chronic disease by promoting, among other things, better diets.

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Last Updated on Friday, 10 August 2018 16:56
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