The Week of
May 14, 2018
South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report
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Charles Felix
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Monday's News

Baptist Health South Florida and Cleveland Clinic selected for final consideration

Officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital today announced that it has pared its list of potential strategic partners to two finalists; Baptist Health South Florida and Cleveland Clinic.
This announcement concludes Phase Two of the Hospital’s process to elevate its position as a preeminent academic tertiary referral center in the region.
“Each of the five healthcare systems that we selected to explore are impressive organizations that presented exciting and robust proposals,” said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “While each brought interesting and innovative ideas to the table, in the final analysis we believe the two chosen presented offerings that were best suited to meet the goals and objectives the Board established for the partnership.”
Those aims include enhancing Boca Regional’s ability to develop nationally recognized clinical programs to better serve the region, mitigate the challenges of a stand-alone organization in a complex and evolving healthcare industry and provide greater access to capital.
Deliberation regarding the selection of the ultimate partner will now commence and include the participation of the Hospital’s Board, community leaders, medical staff and volunteers. It is expected that a final decision will be made sometime this summer. 
“When we embarked on this initiative, our goal was to implement a process that was deliberate, thoughtful and transparent,” said Dick Schmidt, former Hospital Board Chair, noted civic leader in Boca Raton and Chair of the partnership steering committee. “All of our key constituencies have had a voice in this critically important endeavor and will continue to do so as we bring it to conclusion.”
Since the initiative was first announced in June of 2017, Boca Regional has emphasized that potential suitors would find the Hospital an attractive partner given its significant increases in market share and utilization, programmatic and facility expansion, financial performance and record-setting philanthropic support in recent years.
“The candidates recognized the success we have achieved, and the important role we play in the community and the region as a top-tier, academic tertiary medical center,” noted Christine E. Lynn, Board Chair. “Given the stature of those organizations, we find great satisfaction in knowing the regard in which we are held by some of the nation’s most formidable healthcare systems.”  

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Atlantic Coast Health Network: Tactics to Lower Healthcare Costs

Employer Healthcare Costs: 5 Innovative Tactics to Improve Quality and Lower Costs

Kenneth Homer, MD, Chief Population Health Officer of Holy Cross Hospital will explain how keeping your staff health can boost productivity.

Matt Muhart, EVP and CAO of Memorial Healthcare system will discuss how healthcare providers are rising to the challenge to reduce health care costs for employers..

Workplace Violence: The Red Flags no Business Should Ever Ignore
William Sims, U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office will discuss risk factors and prevention tactics to curb workplace violence.

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*This presentation is brought to you by ACHN, whose patient-focused, physician-led network aims to provide coordinated care, cost savings and better outcomes.


Broward Health North To Hold Free “Stop the Bleed” Event

To Educate the Public on How to Help During a Bleeding Emergency

Who: Broward Health North (BHN) to host “Stop the Bleed” event as part of National Trauma Awareness Month in May. In addition, BHN is also joining the national campaign of the American College of Surgeons offering a community event training session to help the public become trained, equipped and empowered in the event of a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Dr. Igor Nichiporenko, Director of Trauma Services, will give a presentation and answer questions.

What: BHN is presenting a free hands-on training session. Hands-on skill stations are planned for instruction on such things as how to properly apply a tourniquet, how to pack wounds, and how to apply chest seals. In addition to the public, the training program is also geared toward trainers, security officers, surveillance camera monitors, and others who monitor and patrol frontline public areas.

When: On Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Broward Health North’s Conference Center, located at 201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield Beach, FL 33064. 

Why: To help members of the public become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Trump Administration Releases Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs

The Trump Administration released “American Patients First,” the President’s blueprint to lower drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket costs.  Below is the blueprint’s introductory message from HHS Secretary Alex Azar:
The United States is first in the world in biopharmaceutical investment and innovation. Combining our free market system and generous public investment made America home to the first chemotherapy treatments for cancer, the first effective treatments for HIV, the first cure for Hepatitis C, and now, the first therapies that turn our own immune systems against cancer.
But too often, this system has not put American patients first. We have access to the greatest medicines in the world, but access is meaningless without affordability.
When it comes to the cost of prescription drugs, our healthcare system faces four major challenges: high list prices for drugs; seniors and government programs overpaying for drugs due to lack of the latest negotiation tools; out-of-pocket costs for consumers; and foreign governments free-riding off of American investment in innovation.
These problems have often been discussed, but gone unaddressed. Under President Trump, that has now changed. This blueprint is a historic plan for bringing down the high price of drugs and reducing out-of-pocket costs for the American consumer.
The time to act is now: Not only are costs spiraling out of control, but the scientific landscape is changing as well. Securing the next generation of cures for the next generation of American patients will require radical reforms to how our system works. Our blueprint will bring immediate relief to American patients while also delivering long-term reforms.
The men and women of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are looking at every facet of HHS’s programs, authorities, and spending. Working with our partners in the private sector, we will turn this vison into action, and thereby improve the health and well-being of every American.
To view the American Patients First Blueprint visit:

American Medical Association Statement by David O. Barbe, M.D., President

“The AMA is pleased the Trump administration is moving forward with its effort to address seemingly arbitrary pricing for prescription drugs. Physicians see the impact of skyrocketing prices every day as patients are often unable to afford the most medically appropriate medications—even those that have effectively controlled their medical condition for years.  
“No one can understand the logic behind the high and fluctuating prices. We hope the administration can bring some transparency – and relief – to patients.”

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

by Howard Wolkowitz (Author)

IRS issues HSA contribution limits for 2019

By Sally P. Schreiber, JD

The IRS issued the calendar year 2019 inflation-adjusted figures for the annual contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and the minimum deductible amounts and maximum out-of-pocket expense amounts for high-deductible health plans (Rev. Proc. 2018-30).
Under Sec. 223, individuals who participate in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) are permitted a deduction for contributions to HSAs set up to help pay their medical expenses. The contribution deduction limit is subject to an annual inflation adjustment.
For 2019, the annual limit on deductible contributions is $3,500 for individuals with self-only coverage (a $50 increase from 2018) and $7,000 for family coverage (a $100 increase from 2018).
The IRS recently announced that the 2018 limit for family coverage is $6,900, after recalculating the amount under the new inflation adjustment of P.L. 115-97, the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, as $6,850 and then granting relief for the retroactive change (see previous coverage here).
To be eligible to contribute to an HSA, an individual must participate in an HDHP, which is a health plan with an annual deductible that is not less than a certain limit each year and for which the annual out-of-pocket expenses, including deductibles, co-payments, and other amounts, but excluding premiums, do not exceed a certain limit each year (Sec. 223(c)).
The limits on annual deductibles are also subject to annual inflation adjustments. For 2018, the lower limit on the annual deductible for an HDHP is $1,350 for self-only coverage and $2,700 for family coverage, both unchanged from 2018. The upper limit for out-of-pocket expenses is $6,750 for self-only coverage and $13,500 for family coverage, both increased from 2018.
— Sally P. Schreiber ( is a JofA senior editor.

West Palm Beach VA to Host Annual VA2K

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host its annual VA2K Walk and Roll event on Tuesday, May 15 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will begin at the Fisher House which is located on the corner of Freedom Way and Independence Avenue on the medical center grounds.
This 1.2 mile walking (or rolling) event is free and open to the public.
Donations of goods for homeless Veterans will be accepted on the day of event and during the days leading up to the event. For information on how to drop off donations prior to the event please contact the West Palm Beach VA’s Voluntary Service office at 561-422-7373 and inform the staff members that the donation is for the VA2K. On the day of the event, participants may drop off donations at the Fisher House.
“One of our primary missions at VA is to assist Veterans experiencing homelessness in any way that we can. The VA2K Walk and Roll is one of the ways we encourage our staff and the community to join us in raising awareness of this issue,” said West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Director Donna Katen-Bahensky.
The VA2K is a nationwide event that encourages community health and wellness while also supporting homeless Veterans through collection of donations. In 2017, more than 23,000 VA employees, veterans and community members from around the country participated, donating money and goods worth more than $291,300 to help homeless Veterans.
Community groups who are interested in participating in the event should contact the local VA2K Coordinator, Jane Lipinski at 561-422-8262 ext. 6857.
This event is open to the media. For media inquiries or advanced information, call Ms. Kenita D. Gordon, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center public affairs officer at (561) 422-8607.    
To learn more about the 7th annual VA2K Walk & Roll visit

Mother’s Day baby born at St. Mary’s Medical Center

Amyra Washington was born at 12:50am to Gloreshia Taylor (mother) and Kalell Washington (father) at St. Mary's Medical Center, Palm Beach County. Amyra was 8lbs and 15 ounces.

Congratulations as the first mothers day baby at St. Mary's Medical Center.

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WEEKLY UPDATE – May 11, 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: 108,981*
Patients added since last update: 2,633 Processing Time for Complete Paper Application: 18 days
Qualified Physicians: 1,368
Processing Time for Complete Online Application: 16 days
Approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers: 13
Approved Retail Dispensing Locations: 35
Approved ID Card Applications: 82,959*
Card applications approved since last update: 2,030
Amount of Medical Marijuana Dispensed This Week (May 4-May 11): 23,581,940 mgs
Total Inspections to date: 154
Total Inspections for 2018: 71
Applications in Processing: 2,715
Amount of Low-THC Cannabis Dispensed This Week (May 4-May11): 1,442,087 mgs
Total Employees Hired to date: 29
*Note, not all patients entered into the medical marijuana use registry apply for medical marijuana use identification cards.
 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 35 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.

• The OMMU Registry Identification Card design has been updated. Previous versions of the card are still valid, however, new cards issued are as shown below:

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