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August 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 2

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Ronald F. Giffler, M.D., understands how it works – "it" being the progression from joining an organization to becoming its president. Dr. Giffler, who also has a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law; an M.B.A. from NOVA University; and is a retired U.S. Army Medical Corps Colonel, said he joined the Florida Medical Association because he wanted to get involved.

Education is ever evolving, and in order to remain relevant, colleges and universities must change with the times in order to meet the needs of their students. At Florida International University’s (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, changes are being made to both the undergraduate and graduate programs in order to better set up students for success.

As the largest neurology group in the country, Medley, FL-based First Choice Neurology has more than 41 facilities in six Florida counties and services at 35 major hospitals.

One of the most unique and challenging facets of healthcare is that it is every-changing, which means that healthcare administrators need to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and news affecting the industry. One of the ways in which to do this is through the South Florida Healthcare Executives Forum (SFHEF), which provides a wide range of educational opportunities to its members.

And for the past 13 years, it hasn’t bothered me a bit. Gabby, the miraculous Doodle and holder of our hearts is now 13 and fueled by a mainly ignored vet-approved dog food (and an occasional McDonald’s cheeseburger and peanut butter), we hope she keeps on going. However, one persistent problem that’s crept up in the last year is her inability to get on or off our unusually high king-size bed.

The children in Sunday school were assigned to memorize the 23rd Psalm. When it was Ricky’s turn, he began to recite it as best as he could. Then proudly he said, "The Lord is my Shepherd… and that's all I need to know." That was enough of a message for Ricky.

The Lord is my shepherd. What more DOES he need to know?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotic Processing are the newest buzzwords in healthcare. We have often heard them used in the clinical realm, specifically the automation of clinical workflows to improve outcomes, lowering of costs and improving the overall patient experience. There are also large teaching hospitals and systems who are now investing in new clinical technology to prevent disease.

For the fourth year in a row, Chick-fil-A claimed the top spot for customer satisfaction amongst all national restaurant chains. They once again left other prominent chains jockeying for second place while totally burying their “fast food” competitors. Their slick, ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ marketing campaign (which features black and white cows doing the demanding) is a staple across the country and first appeared almost 25 years ago.

While many people were paying attention to drug pricing, a proposal to update the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) flew largely under the radar. But if this proposal — or others like it — were to be implemented, they would reach farther than any proposal to lower drug prices to create better, more personalized health care at lower cost.

The newly installed president of Dade County Medical Association (DCMA), Antonio Mesa, D.O., is the first Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine to hold the position. He envisions strengthening affiliations with national medical societies from Latin America and the Caribbean in the United States. Working together with organizations such as the Dominican Health Care Association of Florida, the Nicaraguan American Medical Association,

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