South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday October 17, 2018

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October 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 4




When it comes to referrals, physicians oftentimes rely on a pre-existing base of diagnostic imaging facilities to recommend to patients. This can result in a network that is limited, outdated and not tailored to patients’ preference and insurance. When patients get overwhelmed by unknowns such as costs, clear next steps and insurance coverage, they fail to follow up.

Back in early 2018 I wrote about our deteriorating Florida malpractice insurance market conditions in these terms: “The edges are cracking but the core remains firm and determined.” I now would say even in these last nine months true signs of the hardening market are becoming more commonplace and widely talked about and accepted by experts in this sector. 

The extensive and rigorous affiliation process for Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) has entered its final stages, as representatives of Cleveland Clinic, IRMC, and the Indian River County Hospital District announced they have finalized draft agreements that, if approved by their respective governing boards and subject to governmental agency filings, will result in IRMC joining the Cleveland Clinic health system.

One of the most exciting charity events in South Florida hits the court this November 9-11, the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic. The 29th annual event, which benefits the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County has raised $24 million over the past 28 years.

Many families in Florida are comprised of parents who were never married with children. If you fall into this category, rights and responsibilities under Florida law fall under a separate set of rules than those for divorcing individuals, and if you are considering a separation from your significant other, you need to consider what rights you need to assert and what responsibilities you need to assume.

A couple weeks back, I had the pleasure of visiting a nationally renowned eye surgeon in Columbus, Ohio. This independent doctor and his team are the true triple threat. Not only are they extremely talented at what they do, but they also are great at how they do it AND the team understands why they do what they do. Let me give you some insights on just how you can compare it to your organization.

One rule of thumb says you should have six to nine times your salary tucked away in a 401(k) or other savings accounts by your mid-50s to early 60s.

In a 2014 national poll conducted by Bankrate, more than a quarter of survey respondents age 50 to 64 said they had not started saving for retirement.1
Of the many things you can do to play catch up, here are three of the most effective, applicable financial moves that will help ensure your retirement is as you envisioned …

Camillus Health Concern (CHC) Inc. is honored to announce that it has recently received two grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) totaling more than $600,000. Far more important than the amounts of the awards is what those awards will allow CHC to accomplish.

Breast cancer can strike anyone – young or old, male or female, from all ethnic backgrounds and walks of life. Former first lady Betty Ford, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, singer Olivia Newton-John and actor Richard Roundtree are all breast cancer survivors. 

Dr. Raj S. Rajpara, a Palm Beach Gardens native, earned his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he graduated with high honors and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at Emory University in Atlanta and did a fellowship at Columbia University in New York City

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