South Florida Hospital News
Sunday August 25, 2019

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September 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 3



As we prepare for the mass migration of workers’ comp professionals to the annual WCI meeting in Orlando this August, we want to provide a brief update on the current state of workers’ compensation in Florida.

Technology has brought healthcare to consumers’ fingertips, putting them at the nucleus of care and blurring the definition of a healthcare organization.

Traditional technology entities are building healthcare apps, wearables and other connected devices, and consumers are using them to track their health progress and feed data back to their provider, payer or both.

In January 2018, Don McKenna joined Jupiter Medical Center as its president and chief executive officer. He has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry, and most recently led St. Mary’s Health Care System based in Athens, Georgia, where he improved the system’s financial performance, quality rankings and patient perception of care

Often, physicians voice many concerns about the electronic health records (EHRs) with which they are directed to work. One hears that the EHRs do not facilitate a clinician’s workflow. They are not physician friendly because physicians’ input was not solicited. They were designed for billing, not for patient care. Data is in different forms, structured and unstructured.

VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, is celebrating four decades of compassionate care for hospice patients and their families. Founded in 1978 in Miami, VITAS was one of the nation’s first hospice programs.

Integrated co-occurring disorder treatment is an evidence-based practice that improves quality of life for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders by combining mental-health and substance-abuse services. While treating both conditions simultaneously is effective, rarely is it offered.

Palm Beach County leaders from non-profits, for profits and government have come together to address one of the most urgent public health crises in recent history—the opioid epidemic.

Chronic pain and misuse of substances, including opiates, cocaine, alcohol, and nicotine, are some of society’s most intractable problems that account for tremendous health care costs, in addition to incalculable pain and suffering. A renowned scientist at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health

Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke. “Time is Brain.” This is a phrase embraced by the EMS professionals at Century Ambulance Service when treating a patient suffering from a stroke. But what exactly is a stroke and what are the symptoms? It’s when brain cells begin to die because blood flow to the brain is cut off. Symptoms of a stroke are often sudden. 

When it comes to referrals, physicians oftentimes rely on a pre-existing base that includes specialists, diagnostic imaging facilities, labs, and other providers to aid patients. This can result in a network that is limited, outdated and not tailored to patients’ preference and insurance. These systemic flaws result in high out-of-pocket fees, unsatisfactory service or lead patients to online searches for sub-par options.

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