South Florida Hospital News
Sunday February 18, 2018
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February 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 8

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The journey from academic excellence to real world employment can be confusing for students. That’s why Salvatore (Sal) Barbera, DHA, MS, FACHE, Interim Chair and Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida International University Master of Health Services Administration program is passionate about exposing his students to more than book learning. 

Florida Medical Center (FMC) Medical Director, David Perloff, MD, FACC, FACP, a board-certified cardiologist, was recently elected president of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and placed on the Board of Governors for the National American College of Cardiology. 

Hurricane Irma caused widespread destruction across Florida and other parts of the country last fall. IRMAA, on the other hand, is not a hurricane, but can also result in catastrophic damage, according to Jorge González.

Eighty percent of the world’s opioid supply is consumed in the United States. Over 97 million Americans took prescription painkillers in 2015, and 12 million of those people did so without the direction of a physician. 

It’s finally happened. I’m trapped in an episode of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” in which Carol has been replaced with a temporary free-spending clone. Remember in our family, Carol is the Queen of No Frivolous Birthday Celebrations.

Most people probably don’t consider their life insurance policies when tax season rolls around. Perhaps they should.

Life insurance, in particular whole life insurance, can help you and your beneficiaries avoid a hefty bill for the tax man.

Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes joined MEDNAX National Medical Group in 2016 as VP of Quality and Safety to lead all clinical multi-specialty quality and safety initiatives, as well as to facilitate the design and implementation of value based payment models. 

Prostate cancer will effect one in seven men throughout their lifetime. Traditional treatments have included chemotherapy, radiation, surgery (radical prostatectomy) or “watchful waiting” - all of which can carry significant risk of side effects such as impotence, incontinence, pain and erectile dysfunction.

Now that the new tax bill has become law, you may be wondering how those changes affect your current divorce agreement or final judgment of dissolution of marriage. If you enter or entered into a divorce agreement wherein you are paying alimony that is taxable to your ex-spouse and deductible by you, your alimony agreement is not changed by the new law. 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has some clear winners and losers – and a lot of grey area in between. The healthcare industry is one of those in the grey. The good news is that while hospitals will have several complex tax provisions to consider, it should be – somewhat – more straightforward for physicians.

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