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January 2012 - Volume 8 - Issue 7


An innovative new technology developed with the help of a pioneering South Florida orthopaedic surgeon is revolutionizing the care of those with congenital or acquired leg length discrepancies.

The way Florida Hospital Association (FHA) President Bruce Rueben sees it, without a doubt the primary challenge for Florida hospitals in 2012 is Governor Rick Scott’s proposal to balance the state budget with a $2.1 billion cut from hospitals’ Medicaid rates.

As we look forward to 2012, we recognize that medicine is changing rapidly. While many changes may be disruptive, challenging and fraught with uncertainty - they will also be transformational.

As the nation focuses on improving quality of care and reducing costs in the delivery healthcare, health information technology has received increased attention.

Thought for 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) announced that it has launched a pilot program to assess covered entities’ compliance with HIPAA’s privacy and security requirements.

Perhaps there is no issue more appropriate for the first of the year than the finances of medicine. The more developed nations are scurrying for solutions to deep economic problems that threaten the economic foundations of modern civilization.

It seems like not a day goes by in healthcare without some gloomy prediction about the changes lurking on the horizon. The one causing the most stir at the moment is 5010.

The South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association (SFHHA) re-elected Calvin Glidewell Chairman of the Board during the organization’s annual meeting.

When the Department of Health and Human Services announced its final rule for the International Classification on Diseases, 10th Revision or ICD-10 conversion, many hospital and healthcare leaders did not immediately embrace the October 1, 2013, implementation deadline.

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