June 7, 2018

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Carlos Higuera-Rueda, MD, Named Center Director of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Center


Carlos Higuera-Rueda, MD, has been named Center Director of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Center and Chairman of the Levitetz Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the highest ranked orthopaedic program in Florida according to U.S. News and World Report. A board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Higuera-Rueda specializes in hip and knee arthroplasty surgery with a focus on complex revision procedures.



St. Mary's Medical Center & The Palm Beach Children's Hospital Appoint New Chief Human Resources Officer


St. Mary’s Medical Center names Denver Hopkins as its new chief human resources officer.   With more than 10 years of experience, Hopkins will oversee the human resources department of the hospital, along with labor relations and benefits, and work closely with the executive team to lead new strategies for employee engagement and development. 

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Wellington Regional Medical Center Reunites Patient with Emergency Services Crew and Hospital Team That Saved His Life


Wellington Regional Medical Center (WRMC) recently held a “Call of the Quarter” celebration to reunite Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) Engine/Rescue 34 crew with Dennis South, a patient the crew rescued and transported to WRMC.  WRMC also recognized PBCFR Engine/Rescue 34 for its continued service to the community.


Delray Medical Center Becomes First Hospital in South Florida to Offer TCAR Procedure for Carotid Artery Disease

New Minimally Invasive Procedure Prevents Stroke

Delray Medical Center is the first in South Florida to treat carotid artery disease and prevent future strokes using a new procedure called TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR). TCAR (tee-kahr) is a clinically proven, minimally invasive and safe approach for high surgical risk patients who need carotid artery treatment

 

HEALTH FOUNDATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA ELECTS DIONNE E. WONG TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Health Foundation of South Florida announced the election of Dionne E. Wong to its Board of Directors. The board leads the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
 



UPDATE FROM THE MIAMI VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

The Miami VA Healthcare System Nursing VANAP Employee based Nurse Residency  Program received Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation for 5 years. This accreditation currently has been granted to approximately 20 nurse residency programs across the county and to receive it without any compliance concerns is an outstanding achievement.  The board determined that the program met all four accreditation standards and that there were no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements.  100% of the nurse residents who have graduated the program have been retained at the Miami VAHS, a testimony to the quality of education and their commitment to provide high quality care to Veterans.



Two Miami VA Healthcare System Mental Health programs – the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) and Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) programs – both were accredited in late May through CARF. Surveyors provided high accolades to PRRC and MHICM programs’ staff and leadership, Quality Management engagement and the excellent comprehensive services provided by all components of the programs to Veterans.

INFORMATION FROM PALM BEACH COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY FOR HURRICANE SEASON

Hurricane season is June 1st through November 30th

 Is your office prepared? The Palm Beach County Medical Society has compiled the Hurricane Preparedness Guide to assist you in the preparation and response to emergency situations.  Planning prior to a disaster is the sensible, logical way to begin to cope with an emergency.
 
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MediXall Group & CoreChoice Announce Partnership to Increase Specialty Care Access for the Self-pay and Underinsured Market


Access to Over 22,000 Fully-Credentialed Radiology Providers and Facilities Across all 50 States

MediXall Group Inc., (OTCQB: MDXL), a technology and innovation-driven organization structured to bring effective change to the U.S. Healthcare Industry, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a new partnership with CoreChoice, Inc.,  the nation’s leading specialty network for diagnostic radiology, neurodiagnostic testing, and interventional pain management, aimed at increasing consumer access to high quality and low cost specialty care services for the self-pay and underinsured market across the country.
 
 

Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save 8,000 Lives and $2.9 Billion in Costs National efforts to improve patient safety showing continued progress



Data released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) show continued progress in improving patient safety, a signal that initiatives led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are helping to make care safer. National efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, such as adverse drug events and injuries from falls helped prevent an estimated 8,000 deaths and save $2.9 billion between 2014 and 2016, according to the report.
The AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions estimates that 350,000 hospital-acquired conditions were avoided and the rate was reduced by 8 percent from 2014 to 2016. Federal experts note that the gains in safety among hospital patients echoed earlier successes, including 2.1 million hospital-acquired conditions avoided between 2010 and 2014.
CMS has set a goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions by 20 percent from 2014 through 2019. Through the work of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs), CMS drives this aim through intensive, focused quality improvement assistance to more than 4,000 of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals by spreading best practices in harm reduction. The HIINs, together with federal agencies, private partners and patient advocacy organizations work collaboratively to make hospital care safer. Once the 20 percent reduction goal is met, AHRQ projects that during 2015 through 2019 there would be 1.8 million fewer patients with hospital-acquired conditions, resulting in 53,000 fewer deaths and saving $19.1 billion in hospital costs from 2015 through 2019.
Examples of hospital-acquired conditions include adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central-line associated bloodstream infections, pressure injuries, and surgical site infections, among others.
“Today’s results show that this is a tremendous accomplishment by America’s hospitals in delivering high-quality, affordable healthcare,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “CMS is committed to moving the healthcare system to one that improves quality and fosters innovation while reducing administrative burden and lowering costs. This work could not be accomplished without the concerted effort of our many hospital, patient, provider, private, and federal partners—all working together to ensure the best possible care by protecting patients from harm and making care safer.”
To that end, CMS supports multiple programs and initiatives focused on making care safer. Among them are the Quality Improvement Network – Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs), activities of the HIINs, and the ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) Network Program.  These networks provide direct technical assistance and support the spread of evidence-based best practices to reduce HACs via systematic quality improvement work. 
AHRQ analyzes data on these conditions and calculates rates to help HHS track efforts to reduce patient harm by 20 percent from 2014 to 2019.
“Estimates in the new National Scorecard identify important goals for ongoing efforts to protect patients,” said AHRQ Director Gopal Khanna, MBA. “These data not only help us track how we’re doing, but they help us set the target for where we need to go. We continue to work with HHS and others to develop tools and resources hospitals and clinicians can use to reach those goals.”
Updated estimates in AHRQ’s new National Scorecard were based on a new, expanded population set of hospital patients and were calculated despite recent changes in medical coding. In addition to developing this measurement strategy, AHRQ developed many of the tools used by hospitals to reduce hospital-acquired conditions.
Data in the new National Scorecard showed that overall harms decreased in several categories, such as infections and adverse drug events, which dropped 15 percent from 2014—2016. Opportunities for further improvement exist for reducing some harms, such as pressure injuries (pressure ulcers), which increased from 2014—2016. 
The newly measured declines in hospital-acquired conditions parallel earlier gains. Hospital-acquired conditions overall dropped 17 percent from 2010 to 2014, saving $19.9 billion in health care costs and preventing 87,000 deaths. Preliminary data for 2017 are expected within the next year to determine if the reductions seen in 2014—2016 have continued.
The HHS agencies will continue their support of front-line providers in furthering these promising results—improving patient safety and reducing healthcare costs while helping providers deliver the best, safest possible care to patients.
To view the AHRQ report, please visit: https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pfp/index.html  


Don’t Buy a Life Insurance Policy From Anybody Without Reading This First

By Howard Wolkowitz, Financial Advisor at Coastal Wealth, a Member of the MassMutual & Author, The Health of Your Wealth

There are basically 7 different types of life insurance policies. When you combine that with more than 100 companies offering several options, that gives you several hundred different policies to choose from.
So how do you choose?



The Health of Your Wealth: What They Never Taught You in Medical School 
by Howard Wolkowitz (Author)
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FoundCare, Inc., Offers FREE HIV Testing National Testing Day is June 27th


WHO: FoundCare, Inc., a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center, is offering free HIV tests at multiple locations throughout Palm Beach County in honor of National HIV Testing Day, June 27.


WHAT: This free event is designed to provide free rapid HIV tests which are confidential and non-evasive. A healthcare professional will use a cheek swab during the painless procedure. Test results are final within minutes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1 million people in the United States have HIV and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it. Every 12 minutes, a new infection occurs. In Palm Beach County, more than 8,200 people, or 1 in 170 residents, are living with HIV. The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested at least once as part of routine healthcare, but more at-risk individuals should be tested at least once a year.
HIV treatment can keep individuals healthy for many years and reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. Staying educated and getting tested are the two most powerful weapons against HIV.
FoundCare offers HIV testing during normal business hours at their locations year-round, but the organization is bringing special attention to this important day of national observance. Appointments are available; however, walk-ins are always welcome.


WHERE/WHEN: Rapid Testing will be offered at the following FoundCare locations June 27:
• West Palm Beach: 2330 S. Congress Ave. from 8 a.m. – 8p.m.
• Boynton Beach: 1901 S. Congress Ave., Suite 100 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• Belle Glade: 1500 NW Avenue L, Suite A from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
FoundCare will also be partnering with Walgreens to offer free rapid testing at the following locations June 27:
• Lantana: 105 E. Ocean Ave. from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
• Belle Glade: 101 N. Main St. from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.


WHY: FoundCare, Inc. is a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center that offers pediatric and adult primary care, chronic disease management, behavioral health services, dentistry, laboratory services and X-rays, and an on-site pharmacy, all in one location. FoundCare accepts most insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare and self-pay on a sliding fee scale that is based on income and family size. For more information about FoundCare, please call 561-HEALTHY (561-432-5849) or visit www.foundcare.org.

FLORIDA HEALTH PREVENTS UNLICENSED ACTIVITY IN MIAMI AND ORLANDO


The Florida Department of Health's Unlicensed Activity (ULA) Unit continues to protect the people of Florida from those working without a valid medical license. Recently, two investigations led to Cease and Desists Orders and an arrest.
The ULA Miami office announced that a joint investigation with the Miami-Dade Police Department Economic Crimes Bureau - Medical Crimes Unit (MDPD) and Homeland Security Investigations led to the arrest of Jimmer Andres Hernandez Amador for the alleged unlicensed practice of dentistry, which is a third-degree felony and punishable by up to one year in jail.
The joint operation was conducted at Hernandez Amador's place of business, Jimmer Hernandez Aesthetic Dental located at 3363 NE 163rd Street Suite 807, North Miami Beach, FL  33160, where an undercover detective with MDPD and an undercover DOH investigator were offered dental treatment and diagnosis. The MDPD arrested Hernandez Amador for practicing dentistry without a license and for possession of a prescription drug with the intent to sell/deliver.
The ULA Orlando office also announced that a recent investigation led to the issuance of a cease and desist to James Edward Cohen, owner of Funky Eyes, for the alleged unlicensed operating of an optical establishment.
The department has several resources to combat unlicensed activity:
• Consumers are encouraged to use the department's website www.flhealthsource.gov/ula where they can conveniently view the license information of their health care practitioner.
• Complaints may be filed anonymously by completing and mailing the complaint form on the Florida Department of Health's Web site, calling 1-877-HALT-ULA, or emailing HALTULA@flhealth.gov.
The department's Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) investigates and refers for prosecution all unlicensed health care activity complaints and allegations. The ULA Unit works in conjunction with law enforcement and the state attorney's offices to prosecute individuals practicing without a license. In many instances, unlicensed activity is a felony level criminal offense. More importantly, receiving health care from unlicensed individuals is dangerous and could result in further injury, disease or even death.     
Working in conjunction with 22 boards and six councils, MQA regulates seven types of facilities and 200-plus license types in more than 40 health care professions. MQA evaluates the credentials of all applicants for licensure, issues licenses, analyzes and investigates complaints, inspects facilities, assists in prosecuting practice act violations, combats unlicensed activity and provides credential and discipline history about licensees to the public. Visit: http://www.flhealthsource.gov for additional information about MQA.

FAU to offer program by the Israel Defense Forces Nurse Corp
          

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University together with FAU’s College of Business' International Center for Emergency Management will offer Nursing Care During Emergency and Mass Casualty Situations, a one-day program to be presented by the Israel Defense Forces Nurse Corp on the 13th of June.  The Israel Defense Forces Nurse Corp is ranked #1 in the World by the World Health Organization and is unsurpassed in providing the care during emergencies. Limited seating is available for this special training seminar to be held at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing on the Boca Raton campus.  For additional information and to register, please click here.

Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save 8,000 Lives and $2.9 Billion in Costs
National efforts to improve patient safety showing continued progress


Data released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) show continued progress in improving patient safety, a signal that initiatives led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are helping to make care safer. National efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, such as adverse drug events and injuries from falls helped prevent an estimated 8,000 deaths and save $2.9 billion between 2014 and 2016, according to the report.
The AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions estimates that 350,000 hospital-acquired conditions were avoided and the rate was reduced by 8 percent from 2014 to 2016. Federal experts note that the gains in safety among hospital patients echoed earlier successes, including 2.1 million hospital-acquired conditions avoided between 2010 and 2014.

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NEWS FROM
 FLORIDA FOR CARE
The number of Florida physicians qualified to recommend medical marijuana recently dropped drastically. In the past few weeks, we lost almost 25% of the state's qualified physicians. This is because all physicians who had ONLY taken the old certification course needed to take the new course by December 26th. Those that did not are not allowed to continue as recommending physicians until they complete the new course below.
We are planning to do additional communications and events for Florida's physicians moving forward to help them stay informed. Physician information can be found below:

• New 2 Hour Course
• OMMU Physician Website