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August 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 2


Aug. 5, 2020 - WITHmyDOC, a healthcare technology company based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, announces the launch of RPM@Home™, a remote patient monitoring (RPM) kit poised to transform healthcare. Using a web-based intelligence platform to monitor patients and transmit real-time biometric data to healthcare providers, RPM@Home supports chronic care management and telehealth visits by providing real-time data to facilitate proactive intervention.  

August 5, 2020 -  Memorial Healthcare System Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Maggie Hansen, MHSc, RN, has been appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida Board of Nursing. Hansen is one of nine current board members and will serve a four-year term in the Nurse Executive Seat.
August 6 2020 - Palmetto General Hospital recognizes Dr. Karthik Mohan, gastroenterologist and internist, as the Physician of the Month for May 2020.  Dr. Mohan was nominated by hospital employees and physicians who describe him as compassionate and knowledgeable with exceptional bedside manners. “We congratulate Dr. Mohan, he is a hard worker who always goes the extra mile for his patients,” said Ana Mederos, CEO of Palmetto General Hospital.
American Heart Association Award recognizes Hialeah Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care
August 6, 2020 - Hialeah Hospital achieves the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

 AMA helping physician practices get full benefit of simplified coding and documentation guidelines

August 4 2020 - Major modifications are coming to the coding,  documentation, and payment of evaluation and management (E/M) services for office visits as Medicare has signaled its intention to implement finalized guidelines and payment rates as planned on January 1, 2021. Yesterday’s release of the proposed 2021 Medicare physician payment schedule reconfirmed the designated implementation date announced last November by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Initial trial to determine if monoclonal antibodies can shorten severity of COVID-19 in outpatients.
August 4 2020 - A Phase 2 clinical trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of potential new therapeutics for COVID-19, including an investigational therapeutic based on synthetic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to treat the disease. Researchers sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, are working with clinical sites to identify potential patient volunteers currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, who have mild to moderate disease not requiring hospitalization. They will be invited to take an experimental therapy or a placebo as part of a rigorously designed randomized clinical trial. The trial, which is known as ACTIV-2, also may investigate other experimental therapeutics later under the same trial protocol.

August 4, 2020 – Dr. Steven T. DeKosky, the Aerts-Cosper professor of Alzheimer’s research at the University of Florida College of Medicine, was one of five researchers presented with achievement awards at the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) last Monday.

 August 3, 2020  - Dr. Alejandro Badia’s book Healthcare from the Trenches, published in June 2020, exposes systematic barriers that have led to skyrocketing health costs, lack of patient access and inefficient delivery of care, and comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is further exacerbating weaknesses in the US Healthcare System.

August 3 2020 - The American Medical Association (AMA) today launched the #MaskUp campaign, a robust effort to normalize mask wearing in the fight against COVID-19 and to debunk myths associated with masks as physicians combat misinformation. Along with physical distancing and regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizer, wearing a mask is the easiest way to stop the spread of COVID-19. The campaign will provide messaging and guidance to patients and assets to help physicians reinforce the need for masks.

August 3 2020 -  Michael Patete, MD, FACS, of Venice, Fla., was installed as 144th President of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) on Sunday, Aug. 2, during the all-virtual 2020 FMA Annual Meeting. Dr. Patete, a Board-certified otolaryngologist in private practice who also specializes in head and neck plastic surgery, has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years.

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