South Florida Hospital News
Friday January 30, 2015
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January 2015 - Volume 11 - Issue 7

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2014 was a transformative year for our health care system – both nationally and in the State of Florida. As systemic changes stemming from the Affordable Care Act are implemented, and the need for primary care providers expands, many states have seen the light and been prompted to redefine the role and scope of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to take full advantage of their capabilities.

Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems are designed to improve patient care by tracking, accounting for care over time, and enable sharing health records with other providers as needed and approved by the patient.
Now in its second year, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed the way many people think about health insurance. Still, there are a lot of questions concerning how to enroll and how to find the best plan available for the best price.

More than two months have now gone by since the beginning of my official tenure as president of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association. I have been active with the organization since its inception and a board member and officer for the past 10 years.

Ordinarily, I would start out the New Year exhorting everyone to have a 2015 filled with health, wealth and happiness. However after the past few months in the Felix family, we’re being a bit more particular and sticking with health only! Because when you get right down to it (and as many before me have said – probably a lot more eloquently),

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), by the nature of their business, always face liability risks. Although many of these risks can be lessened through implementation of risk-management practices, they can rarely be eliminated.

For urologist Dr. Michael Zahalsky, when you love what you do and surround yourself with nice, friendly and caring people who share that same passion, you end up with a great medical practice.
Florida laws are designed to promote patient involvement in the medical decisionmaking process. The provision of informed consent is governed by chapter 766.103, Florida Statutes, the “Florida Medical Consent Law.”

Hospitals, Health Systems and larger practices are spending millions on advertising to convince the public at large that they care, really care, about their patients. Although hiring a four string quartet for the lobby may make sense, organizations should really focus on the little things (often free or cost pennies) which have the greatest impact on the patient’s overall experience.

Meeting the demands of health care reform to lower costs and improve quality of care and patient satisfaction requires a new way of thinking and doing business. At Martin Health System in Stuart, two new services are significantly enhancing the experience for both patients and providers.
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