The Week of
July 9, 2018
South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report
a Healthcare Media Company

Charles Felix
Publisher/ Owner

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UM Neurosurgeons Use New Deep Brain Stimulation Device to Successfully Treat Parkinson’s Disease Patient
A team of neurosurgeons and neurologists at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System has successfully treated a Central Florida man with Parkinson’s disease using a new implantable deep brain stimulation device.
The team was the first in South Florida and among the first in the country to implant the Vercise DBS technology — developed by Boston Scientific and recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — adding to UHealth’s options for deep brain stimulation treatment.
DBS treats severe hand and body tremors and other symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease by stimulating a targeted region of the brain through implanted leads or thin wires that are connected and powered by a pulse generator implanted in the chest.
Memorial Hospital Pembroke: Healing Starts Here

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were 2,798 opioid-related deaths in the state of Florida as a result of an overdose in 2016. This was 46.3% higher than the previous year indicating that opioid dependency and overdoses are still growing.
To step up its efforts to fight the opioid abuse epidemic, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, in partnership with DetoxMD, offers patients a unique Medical Detoxification program along with cutting-edge treatment in a safe hospital setting.

The program, which began this spring, is one of the only hospital-based programs in South Florida that provides inpatient care for adults who are currently using or experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms from alcohol, prescription medications, opiates and other drugs. To date, nearly 100 patients have participated in the program.

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Financial Wellness: Focus on Long-term Goals With Comprehensive Financial Advice

Written By Howard Wolkowitz, Financial Advisor at Coastal Wealth, a Member of the MassMutual & Author, The Health of Your Wealth
Issues such as career decisions, cash flow management, trade offs between short and long term decisions and behavior characteristics can impact your financial goals. Assessing risk tolerance, portfolio decisions, income tax trade offs, effective insurance design and implementation can impact your quality of life and peace of mind.
Financial leakage is one of the most costly errors that a family can have. Financial leakage is defined as extra or unnecessary dollars spent to solve a particular problem.

The initial cost may be small but small errors over a long period of time can become very expensive. How do you identify and quantify costly errors? The answer lies inside your mindset and behaviors.

Wellington Regional Institutes New Opioid Policy

Wellington Regional Medical Center formed an opioid task force in the hospital last fall "for obvious reasons," according to Dr. Richard Hays, Chief Medical Officer. Leading those obvious reasons is the fact that the opioid problem is "a national crisis, and everyone is looking for ways to deal with it."

Dr. Hays says, “Our ER, like most around the country, has been dealing with patients seeking IV narcotics, as well as an increasing number of overdoses and overdose deaths.”

As a result, several implementations are being made to decrease the opioid usage in the hospital, and ironically, Hurricane Irma, which did so much damage to such a widespread area, helped to bring some of them about. Dr. Hays said, "The silver lining, so to speak, was that (because of the hurricane) there was an impact on the availability of legal narcotics."

Why Summer Is the Best Time to Talk to Your Family About Divorce

By Angela R. Neave, Esquire

School is out, the extra-curricular activities are over for the year and everyone is looking forward to a slower schedule during the summer months. Most families contemplating a divorce tend to put things on hold during the summer while the children are around and not occupied with their regular activities and lives. At first glance, this seems like a smart idea. But when a little more thought is put into it – summer is the perfect time to address divorce issues with your spouse and children.

So why is summer a good time to do this? For starters, many children attend sleep away camp during the summer or visit grandparents or family who live in another state. The best time to tell your spouse you are thinking about a divorce is while the children are away. Every person reacts differently to the news that their spouse is thinking about leaving the marriage. If this conversation happens while the children are away, each person has the ability to talk without worrying if the children will overhear what is being discussed or to have an emotional response without worrying how it will affect the children.

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A New Era in Healthcare: Innovating With Telehealth

When it comes to innovation in the healthcare industry, there have traditionally been two schools of thought. On the medical side, we’re early adapters, embracing new drugs, treatments, and equipment in the quest to serve our patient’s needs. On the business side, however, change has been slow. We’ve invested so much in hospitals and care facilities that the focus has always been on getting patients through the doors and onto our turf.
But, just like many brick and mortar retail locations have learned, the world has changed. Consumer habits have evolved and there is now a demand for a different shopping experience, one that uses technology to deliver convenience. That world is often found online.
Which brings us back to the healthcare model. While it’s understood that complex surgeries need to be performed in a highly-specialized environment, the same consumers that prefer to shop from home now have an expectation that medical expertise in non-emergency situations will be available on their laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Nearly 70% of people surveyed in 2015 were willing to consult with a doctor over a video link. Our charge as medical and business professionals is to create new processes whose outcomes deliver better results for audiences of importance.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and Healthy Start Coalition of Miami Dade Invite you to the 7th Annual
Breastfeeding Awareness Walk

  7th Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk
WHEN:  Saturday, August 4th
Registration opens at 8 a.m. and event activities start at 9 a.m.
The Big Latch On will occur at 10 a.m.

 Tropical Park Stadium at Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Road Miami, FL 33155


The Health of Your Wealth: What They Never Taught You in Business School

by Howard Wolkowitz (Author)

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July 13  - Pricing Strategies event at Circ Hotel, Hollywood

July 20 – Education Roundtable (1 spot left) at SFHHA

Sept 12 – Future of Healthcare at Signature Grand


38th Annual UAB National Symposium for Healthcare Executives

July 25-27, 2018 at The Henderson

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will host this year's event on July 25 - 27, 2018, at the Henderson Beach Resort, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort. By all accounts this will be the ideal learning environment for healthcare leaders, including healthcare executives, medical professionals and decision-makers.

Year in and year out this is a "Who's Who" of health care delivering keynotes or moderating and serving on panels and this year was no different. Check out our agenda webpage to see who has been confirmed and to see the event rundown.

ACHE Face-To-Face Credit Hours

As in the past, we will work with our partnering ACHE Chapters and will offer ACHE Face-to-Face Credit Hours so attendees can achieve and maintain their status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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17 BCMA EMS Committee Meeting,
 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, BCMA
25 Broward County Healthcare Coalition,
 9:30 am – 11:30 am, BC EOC
26 BCMA Board of Directors,
 6:30-8:00 pm, BCMA


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WEEKLY UPDATE – July 6, 2018

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) continues to focus on the health and safety of Florida's families and is dedicated to ensuring patients have safe access to low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. We are pleased to provide this weekly update on the DOH Office of Medical Marijuana Use's (OMMU) diligent work implementing the many requirements in Amendment 2 and those set by the Florida Legislature in section 381.986, F.S. (2018).

OMMU by the Numbers

Patients in the Registry: 132,256*
Patients added since last update: 2,327
Processing Time for Complete Paper Application: 13 days
Qualified Physicians: 1,539
Processing Time for Complete Online Application: 13 days
Approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers: 13 Approved ID Card Applications: 109,163*
Card applications approved since last update: 2,358
Approved Retail Dispensing Locations: 43
Amount of Medical Marijuana Dispensed This Week (June 29 – July 6): 31,773,793 mgs
Total Inspections to date: 171
Total Inspections for 2018: 88
Applications in Processing: 3,091
Amount of Low-THC Cannabis Dispensed This Week (June 29 – July 6): 1,535,136 mgs
Total Employees Hired to date: 29

Implementation Updates
•Low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana has been and continues to be available for qualified patients. Patients may search for qualified ordering physicians using the new search tool on the OMMU Patients Page. Patients can check the license status of their qualified ordering physician at any time using Patients and caregivers may fill their orders at any of the 43 dispensing locations, or via delivery from approved MMTCs below.
•The OMMU website has been updated to include new notices of rule development related to the regulation of medical marijuana treatment centers. You can access the notices here.
•The mailing address for Patient and Caregiver ID card applications has changed:
PO Box 31313, Tampa, FL 33631-3313.

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