South Florida Hospital News
Thursday December 8, 2016
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December 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 6

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HIPAA enforcement is getting more serious in 2017 – are you ready? Director of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Jocelyn Samuels has classified digital threats as a public health crisis. OCR is ramping up its HIPAA enforcement activities including audits

Over the past two decades healthcare literature suggests that trying to define and describe spirituality is like trying to “lasso the wind.” Although the wind can be felt and its effect seen, it cannot be easily conceptualized.

This November, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center began a $20 million project to build four new operating rooms suites and renovate its pre- and post-operative areas. The project, which is expected to take 18 months to complete, is designed to provide better patient care by utilizing the latest technology.

In the medical industry, as in any other, successful marketing is about being known for something specific that motivates people to seek you out. Examples abound in the realm of consumer goods and services.  

Just prior to actually sitting down and “blurting” out this month’s Publisher’s Note (did you really think I gave these a lot of thought?), Carol gave me a long list of topics to avoid for the sake of political correctness. 

As Immediate Past President of South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF), I am most proud of the contributions our organization makes to the profession of healthcare executive leadership. Our mission is simple: to improve healthcare delivery

Doha (Qatar), Dubai and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) enjoy generous healthcare funding other places – including the United States – can only envy. Getting an insider’s look at these systems was the opportunity of a lifetime for 40 students and alumni of FIU College of Business Healthcare MBA.

Across industries, many business leaders are in a wait-and-see mode about how the new presidency will affect their companies. Healthcare is one of the sectors that could potentially be most affected by changes over the next four years

With health care delivery systems changing at breakneck speed, it takes forward-thinking providers to keep pace. Among them are skilled nursing facilities and dialysis providers who together are significantly improving the quality of life for elderly patients 

As we enter 2017 there are a number of unclear predictions about the medical malpractice insurance market in Florida, but one that I feel very confident about is that, for the first time in at least a decade, that market is on the verge of change for the worse.

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