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Friday August 29, 2014
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August 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 2

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) reports hospital adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems more than tripled from 2008 to 2012.

As thousands of U.S. troops return home, today’s practicing nurses and future professionals must be better prepared to understand and manage the complexities of caring for Florida’s 1.5 million veterans and their families.

For the last 70 years, the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association (SFHHA) has continues in its role as a vibrant, active and strong metropolitan hospital association.

David Zambrana, recently named Chief Executive Officer of the University of Miami Hospital (UMH), the flagship hospital of UHealth, University of Miami Health System, decided as a child to live his life in healthcare.

Yes, I know that was back in 1867, but after our Alaskan experience last month, boy did we get a bargain when we bought Alaska from the Russians.

During my tenure as the education chair for South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF), I have been privileged to meet many South Florida healthcare leaders through our educational events.

As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services instituted the Medicare Shared Savings Program as a way to facilitate coordination and cooperation among providers to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, and reduce the growth in costs.

The most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau report that Florida has the highest percentage of people 65 and older nationwide. Quality of life issues are going to be of major concern for these residents as they age.

By now, Covered Entities, their Business Associates and their sub-Business Associates should have taken the steps necessary to comply with HIPAA-HITECH (the "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996", as amended by the "Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act").

Medical Marijuana and Food as Medicine are among the topics at this year’s Annual Future of Medicine Summit titled, “Moving Forward: Innovations in Health,” to be held Thursday and Friday, October 9 and 10

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