South Florida Hospital News
Saturday July 11, 2020

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October 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 4


You have just found out that your medical office has had a data breach. Your patient health information has been compromised. Was your computer the entry point for the hackers? Do you want to be known as the weakest link? Of course not.

In the shift to value-based reimbursement mandated by the ACA, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) is back in the spotlight. An accurate and complete medical record ensures maximum compliant reimbursement and, as quality and patient experience are measured and rewarded

One of the recent enforcement trends landing practitioners in hot water is the federal government's pursuit of those who employ Medicare or Medicaid excluded individuals or entities. Federal statutes allow the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services

Can you remember life on the turnpike before (and I know some of you still are doing things the old-fashion way) the Sunpass? Literally needing to stop the car and pay someone or searching your car aimlessly for exact change to toss into the plastic net thing – ridiculous.

Imagine you wake up in the hospital and the doctor explains that due to a slip in the shower you have a cracked skull and have been in a coma for seven days. The good news is you will more than likely make a full recovery.

6. Be proactive and beware of legal landmines. Legal counsel is imperative to avoid running afoul of laws and regulations, but legal counsel is not a substitute for public relations counsel. Institutional lawyers are often very conservative and may advise against releasing crisis-related information. 

Martine Mathieu began her career at Broward Health in 1994 and became an Oncology nurse in 2001 at Broward Health North. She was promoted to Charge Nurse then to Assistant Nurse Manger. 

Dr. Beth-Ann Lesnikoski is a dedicated breast surgeon and patient advocate. She has been the Medical Director of JFK’s Breast Institute for the past seven years. 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, has reported that a recent systematic review identified more than 40 definitions of the term "care coordination” and found there is no clear consensus.

Picture a woman you know who has had breast cancer. Most likely she is over 50, when most breast cancers occur. Although rare, breast cancer can strike young women and is the leading cause of cancer death (death from any type of cancer) among women ages 20-59.

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