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December 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 6

Over a year ago, I wrote an article entitled, “She Has Horrible Pain … Won’t Someone Please Help Us” featured in November 2019 and reprinted again in November 2020. It included my commentary on our collective “pain” navigating the challenging healthcare landscape in providing access to quality pain management and safely prescribing medications, including opioids.

The four years of the Trump Administration have been a decidedly mixed bag for providers. The President’s signature attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to institute Medicare and Medicaid spending reductions, to impose stricter requirements on Medicaid eligibility, and to foist upon providers new regulations related to price transparency and interoperability have left many providers on their heels waiting for the next shoe to drop. 

Founded in 1915 and in practice in Florida for more than 50 years, LEO A DALY, is an architecture, planning, engineering, interior design, and program management firm with a world-wide presence in a variety of industries. Consistently ranked among the top design firms, this organization has earned national prominence 

For more than 20 years, Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation has put out an annual report on the condition of the medical malpractice insurance market that provides an inside look at insurers regarding strength, claims responses and more. The October 2020 report, which focuses on the top 20 medical malpractice companies in the state

Like good old Sam Lefkowitz, if the past year has gifted us with anything it’s an extreme appreciation for what was and what might have been. Tis the season for gratitude, giving and lots and lots of humble pie and patience. While the Felix’s aren’t celebrating Hanukah or Christmas together in packed houses this year

Healthcare issues of guardianship arise when a patient cannot think or decide for themselves. Healthcare professionals and administrators are often uncertain about how the law and the rules of guardianship work and the process involved. Often hospitals, long term care and mental health facilities, have to deal with incapacity and guardianship issues when it comes to patient care.

Healthcare organizations remain a popular target for cyberattacks in part because protected health information (PHI) is more valuable than most other types of data. A study from Experian found that medical records sold for up to $1,000 each on the dark web, whereas credit card numbers sold for just $100.

Tanira B.D. Ferreira, M.D., FCCP, chief medical officer of University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, was one of three authors featured in the New England Journal of Medicine for her expertise in how to manage elective surgeries during COVID-19 surges.

This month, during the American Medical Association (AMA) Special Meeting, the Council on Medical Services adopted a report that calls for a comprehensive approach to address the impact of social determinants of health (SDOH). In the report, SDOH are defined as economic stability, neighborhood, access to transportation, education and life opportunities

Ideally, people should not travel this holiday season. In fact, the CDC has officially asked the American public to stay home and celebrate exclusively within their own households. Why?

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