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March 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 9

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Working as a physician has its share of challenges. And with more responsibilities being added to the job every day, it’s not surprising that more and more doctors are suffering from burnout. In fact, according to the Medscape National Physician Burnout and Depression Report 2018, of 15,000 physicians surveyed, 42 percent reported burnout

The Silver Tsunami is reshaping healthcare. Demographic trends are causing Florida to face the nation’s largest increase in the volume of patient visits a year. South Florida accounts for 30% of state’s patient visits. This is fueling the demand for more medical facilities in the South Florida region.

The health and life sciences ecosystems are converging to become consumer-centric thanks in large part to the infiltration of technology. Take the Open Artificial Pancreas System project (OpenAPS) as an example. After a large network of consumers around the world grew tired of waiting on developers to get an artificial pancreas approved through traditional regulatory routes

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is a bipartisan legislation signed into law on April 16, 2015. Administered by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), this law created the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that: repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula

Carol asked me to write a March Publisher’s Note saluting all of the physicians of our South Florida community. And you know what, I was stymied. Because when I looked through the “galleys” of this month’s issue, so many of our hospitals, healthcare systems, and affiliates had already done it for me. But read through our physician profiles and articles and you’ll understand why we can’t say it enough.

For the past 43 years, Aurelio Fernandez III, FACHE, has worked in healthcare in the South Florida area, spending the past 12 years with Memorial Healthcare System (MHS), and serving as its president and chief executive officer for the past three years.The system includes Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke and Memorial Manor nursing home.

Lt. Maureen (Moe) Themis-Fernandez remembers that day clearly. She stopped by the home of a Korean War Veteran and retired officer unannounced. After knocking repeatedly, he answered the door with an anguished look on his face and then collapsed sobbing into her arms. He told her that after years of suffering with PTSD and its related anxiety and depression

The Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS), which is recognized as one of the premier medical associations in the United States, recently presented the 12th annual Future of Medicine Summit in West Palm Beach.

For several years now, physician groups around the country have focused on the introduction and deployment of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solutions. Indeed, most large practices have deployed some sort of EMR capability within the last few years and continue to roll more and more business operations into these solutions. 

For association management professionals within organized medicine, that is a common question we are asked by physicians as they consider allocating their limited membership dollars toward the advancement of their career and promotion of their profession. There is a considerable amount of competition for membership when you weigh the numerous organizations on a national, state, county, and specialty society level. 

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