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July 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 1

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Broward Health is pleased to present this year’s Brightest Star Award to seven employees selected for being outstanding examples of Broward Health Five Star Values - a group of core standards that promotes the system’s commitment to provide quality healthcare to all they serve.

  
“Our Brightest Stars set the standard for excellence in patient care,” said Broward Health President/CEO Beverly Capasso. “Each honoree has demonstrated individual acts of heroism, courage, kindness and generosity. They all understand that patients are at the heart of everything we do and strived to make a difference in their patients’ lives.”
 
The awards, presented by Capasso and Broward Health Commissioner Nancy Gregoire, represent the highest honor within the system’s robust employee recognition program. As one of Broward County’s largest employers, with a workforce of more than 8,400 employees, Broward Health proudly recognized the following seven honorees for their achievement: 
 
 
Proposed changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program would streamline clinician billing and expand access to high-quality care 
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed historic changes that would increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork that clinicians face when billing Medicare. The proposed rules would fundamentally improve the nation’s healthcare system and help restore the doctor-patient relationship by empowering clinicians to use their electronic health records (EHRs) to document clinically meaningful information, instead of information that is only for billing purposes.
 
 

Broward Health has named Kim Braxl Cole, CPA, as chief financial officer of Broward Health North.   

 
In her position as CFO, Cole will be responsible for directing the coordination of onsite financial services to ensure sound fiscal management of Broward Health North. She will work closely with the leadership team to further cultivate an environment of operational efficiency and strong financial results. 
Coral Gables Hospital achieves high honors from its parent company by being named to Tenet Healthcare’s prestigious 2018 Circle of Excellence.  Coral Gables Hospital earned this recognition by excelling in both clinical and operational performance over the past year.
 
 

Palmetto General Hospital achieves high honors from its parent company by being named to Tenet Healthcare’s prestigious 2018 Circle of Excellence.  Palmetto General Hospital earned this recognition by excelling in both clinical and operational performance over the past year.

Abigail Goodwin, vice president of grants and community investments at Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health with a mission to improve health through community collaboration, has been honored with a fellowship from the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.  A project of the national Grantmakers in Health (GIH), the Institute awarded a total of 17 outstanding individuals into this year’s class.

South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report - WEEKLY PULSE NEWSLETTER THURSDAY JULY 12,  2018

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Combined actions would increase access to durable medical equipment, reduce administrative burden, and encourage development of innovative therapies for beneficiaries on dialysis 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed innovative changes to the payment rules for Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program. The DME proposals in the proposed rule released today aim to increase access to items for patients and simplify Medicare’s DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) to drive competition and increase affordability. The rule also includes ESRD proposals, including a proposal to address new renal dialysis drug and biological costs and foster innovations in treatment by incentivizing new therapies for patients on dialysis and a proposal to reduce facility-related documentation burden.
  
Vladimir Beljanski, Ph.D., clinical research assistant professor, Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD), received a $454,924 grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund a project titled “Modulation of therapeutic cells exosome content by autophagy.”
 
Recent discoveries suggest that the success of therapeutic cells, such as mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), in regenerating damaged tissues can be attributed to secretion of various biomolecules via small vesicles called exosomes.  Exosomes contain molecules such as proteins, DNA, mRNA and microRNA and contribute to tissue repair. This study aims to understand how cellular a self-digestion pathway – called autophagy – affects both quantity and quality of biomolecules stored in exosomes with an aim to make therapeutic cells more efficient.
 
 

A Safe Haven for Newborns, a nonprofit statewide organization, has and will continue to launch a public awareness outdoor and digital media campaign to help eliminate infant abandonment.  Billboards will be placed in various counties throughout Florida with support from the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association.  Also, the campaign  includes awareness outreach thru digital media and Safe Haven decals  placed on all AMR (American Medical Response ambulances) throughout Florida.

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