South Florida Hospital News
Thursday June 21, 2018
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June 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 12

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Jackson Health System celebrates its centennial in June and its mission to provide the highest and best quality health care to all Miami-Dade residents.

The public health system started out as Miami City Hospital in the midst of the devastating 1918 flu epidemic. Over the next 100 years, it grew from this small hospital with 13 beds and a handful of employees to Jackson Health System, 

Florida sustains more direct hits from hurricanes than any other state, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. From 1851 to 2017, the Sunshine State’s hurricane tally is 117, compared with 64 for runner-up Texas.

Charles Michelson can fondly remember the day he was hired to work at Saltz Michelson Architects, an architectural firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida. It was 1980, just four years after Mark Saltz started the firm, and it was Michelson’s first and only job interview.

Total regulatory compliance. Confidentiality of personal information. Security. Isn't that what all companies, particularly medical facilities, are looking for when it comes to their computer systems?

To say I’ve been up close and personal (at least more than my norm) with a hospital the past couple of weeks is definitely no exaggeration. First Drew had a short stay to wrestle with his uncooperative blood clots; but then just as his first stay was ending Carol got herself admitted (in the doctor’s words: Go to the hospital, do not pass go, do not collect $200!) for her blood pressure.

There are basically 7 different types of life insurance policies. When you combine that with more than 100 companies offering several options, that gives you several hundred different policies to choose from.

For the second time in six months, the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has approved a rate decrease that will affect all Florida businesses. Insurance commissioner David Altmaier’s statement attributes the 1.8% overall decrease to the recent federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The new rates will take effect for all new and renewal workers’ compensation policies as of June 1, 2018.

“In 2014, my life changed forever,” said 13-year-old Taylor Brown of Lakeland, Florida.

That was the year Taylor was diagnosed with en coup de sabre, an unusual form of linear scleroderma. Her mother, TaMetress Reed, had observed symptoms when Taylor was only two years old, but doctors couldn’t explain them.

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is finally here in Florida. Florida joins the growing trend of states – up to 25 now - who have adopted this “new” payment model. Some of you will recognize it as your old friend capitation but without the HMO. But overall, it will allow for entrepreneurs and innovators to have one more option to create exciting new medical business models.

As politicians and law makers are wrestling over which health policies will best serve our country, our hospitals in South Florida are facing a rising crisis of inappropriate use of Emergency Rooms (ER). This crisis is directly related to the increased number of uninsured and underinsured individuals who seek primary care services in the ER or who have waited until their uncontrolled chronic diseases cause complications before seeking medical attention.

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