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January 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 7

Florida medical practices and all Florida businesses will see a third consecutive decrease in workers’ compensation rates effective January 1, 2020. The current 7.5% rate cut was approved by Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier after he disagreed with the recommended 5.4% announced by the (NCCI) in the summer of 2019.

In Florida, the No-Fault Insurance Law requires that all motor vehicle owners purchase Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. PIP coverage pays up to $10,000 of the medical expenses of a patient when he or she suffers any injuries in a car accident—no matter who is at fault. PIP may also provide coverage of lost wages in certain circumstances.

The statistics are staggering. In the United States alone, stroke occurs every 40 seconds. And every 4 minutes, someone dies from stroke, according to the CDC. As the leading cause of long-term disability, strokes cost Americans an estimated $34 billion each year in associated costs. From education outreach to advanced technologies, the medical profession and associate firms continue to seek innovative ways to improve outcomes.

In the ever-evolving world of healthcare, those in charge of complex health systems need to not only be on top of the latest trends, but be prepared to provide innovative solutions to guide their businesses to success. Creating future healthcare leaders with this ability is the goal of the Complex Health Systems Program at the Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University.

The year 2019 was a time of change and challenges for South Florida Hospital News & Healthcare Report. While we continued to grow our original publication, websites and social medium platforms, we also welcomed Cannabis News Florida as an important permanent addition (even if it did take several tries to get the reverse pages and page numbers to make sense.) 

In years past, it was sufficient for healthcare systems to provide good care—treat the patient and send them home. Today, however, that is not enough. For hospitals to be successful and to retain patients, they need to prioritize the patient experience. This ultimately leads to better outcomes and improved patient satisfaction which culminates in more patients and increased revenue.

There are a lot of changes underway for the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF) in the new year, and one of those is the installation of Haroula Protopapadakis Norden, FACHE, as its new president. In addition to putting forth a number of new engagement goals and establishing resources to help more members reach fellowship status, she will also be at the helm of a new branding campaign.

Researchers at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine have found that the increased availability of transplant organs over the past decade was mostly caused by the opioid crisis. The study was published in the journal Clinical Transplant.

Healthcare organizations have already turned to tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Apple for their cloud storage services to more effectively store and analyze health and other data, with the goal of improved care outcomes and product innovation. Doing so is critical to their survival in an industry increasingly being reimbursed based on quality of outcomes rather than quantity of services.

Dr. Yamile Marrero has wide and diverse experience, and she utilizes all of it in her position as clinical assistant professor at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Health Services Administration, at Florida International University. That experience encompasses public health, a legal background, and serving as a firefighter paramedic.

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