South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday March 21, 2018

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March 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 9




"It just so happens that was one of the few things I knew," laughed Dr. Franck Rahaghi, recalling an incident that occurred while he was in medical school at the University of California San Francisco. One of the professors showed a patient in class and said the person had Raynaud's phenomenon in the fingers, and other manifestations

Five months after Hurricane Irma severely damaged Fishermen’s Community Hospital in Marathon, acquired last summer by Baptist Health South Florida, plans are officially underway to rebuild.

In January, VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, won a 2018 Process Excellence Network (PEX) award for its mobile solution to improve the patient experience. And while Patrick Hale, CIO, EVP, is certainly happy with the recognition, he’s even more proud that the company’s foray into the mobile environment has made patients’ and clinicians’ lives easier.

One of the biggest medical malpractice changes South Florida healthcare providers need to be mindful of this year is last year’s decision by the Florida Supreme Court to strike down malpractice damage caps. In June 2017, the high court ruled that the law limiting pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional.

Gun violence is a notoriously American problem – this cannot be disputed (so please don’t try.) And once again, it’s happened right here in our South Florida community, forever affecting our relatives, friends and co-workers. And each time an American massacre occurs, half-hearted declarations are debated about new bipartisan bills, laws and regulations … ad nauseam.

ADHD diagnoses are on the rise, and looking at trends over the past few decades, there’s no sign of this trend slowing down anytime soon. Today, an estimated one in nine children in the U.S. have an ADHD diagnosis as compared to about one in 20 in the 1980s.

There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty surrounding the future of healthcare, not only for providers and patients, but for businesses as well. What’s going to happen to the Affordable Care Act? What will Medicaid be like a year from now? What do Congress and the Trump administration have planned for U.S. health care reform?

“The greater the risk, the greater the reward.” It’s a statement we've all heard referenced in many areas throughout our lives. Taking on more risk with your investments may increase your likelihood of higher returns, but you may also experience the downs of the investment markets, including the risk of losing some or all of your investment. 

If you are thinking about getting married, you should consider whether you have assets that you want to preserve and protect in the event of a divorce. If you own your practice, have saved substantially through your 401(k), have deferred compensation accumulated, own commercial or real property, or inherited assets from family members

Intense concern and worry over funding is alleviated after Congress passed legislation to fix the health center funding cliff with a two-year extension and $600 million in additional dollars to further support health center operations and address unmet needs. 

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