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Saturday April 17, 2021

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April 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 10


Well, who would have thought …? I have been doing an in-class team exercise in my Health Care Executive MBA course for some twenty years, assigning teams as the C-Suite of a healthcare system with an impending pandemic. The exercise involves reflecting upon the need for preparation, complications that may occur, and recovery given such a situation. 

It is very common in most medical practices to have advanced practice providers (APP) such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, surgical assistants and more listed on the practice’s malpractice insurance. Through this policy, they may either share in the limit of liability or have a separate limit of their own, but some APPs may feel that this is not enough

Everything changed in the summer of 2019 when I had a candid conversation with Claudine Raymond, my colleague at VITAS Healthcare. One day in the cafeteria of the hospital where we both work as hospice admission nurses, she shared about her husband’s kidney disease, his deteriorating health and the stress it was causing on the entire family

To prepare for COVID-19 patients, Memorial Healthcare System made significant changes to its operations, such as deploying an external triage, allowing non-essential employees to work from home, setting up a drive-thru testing site, as well as limiting visitors.

Like many of you, Carol, Gabby and I are hunkered down for the duration with minimal contact with the outside world. I must admit it took us awhile to get it through our heads that we were in the risky group of 60+, but after a frank conversation with each other we realized neither one of us is still young enough to take unnecessary risks. 

ONC - the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has published its final rules for the 21st Century Cures Act in the Federal Register all 1244 pages. The Cures Act impacts patients with secure interoperability with the ONC Health IT Certification Program for healthcare application development and the elimination of patient information blocking rules in EMR/EHR’s.


One of the best ways to break into the healthcare job market or to move ahead in one’s career is to establish connections within the industry. This is why it’s especially important to join organizations that provide networking events, educational opportunities and mentoring programs, such as ACHE of South Florida.

In these trying times, of what feels like a surreal science fiction movie, cybercriminals and gangs of hackers are targeting healthcare professionals and medical organizations with online scams.

By the time you read this hopefully everyone (the medical community, the media, the politicians and the public at large) are all on the same page when it comes to the truths on COVID – 19. As of this writing, there is very little alignment. Despite navigating the idiosyncrasies of a new worldwide pandemic, the medical community and public health organizations are at the forefront of accuracy with the media (both ‘news’ and social) being much less precise. 

On Feb. 24, the World Health Organization warned that the coronavirus (COVID-2019) outbreak could turn into a pandemic, days after reports surfaced that the virus had spread rapidly in a northern Italy town.

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