Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Preventing CTE is a no brainer

Chris Nyte, DO, a former nose guard, reminds us of the horrors of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a May 4, 2018 KevinMD post. Clinical findings associated with CTE include memory loss, depression, anxiety, violent behavior, mood disorders and heightened suicidality, the author informs us. It tends to progress with time and can lead to dementia according to a recent study. And the fact that CTE is a direct result of blows to the head such as those suffered by athletes competing in contact sports, especially football, is no longer in doubt.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Call for Cost Transparency

Mukul Mehra, MD, in an April 20, 2018 KevinMD post, insists doctors need and want cost transparency. "Physicians are the building blocks of value-based care, yet the cumulative human and financial costs of our decisions are mostly hidden from us," he states.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Brilinta or Clopidogrel, Maximum Benefit or Social Responsibility?

An April 7 A Country Doctor Writes blog post illustrates the dilemma faced by American healthcare providers in this examination of the costs and benefits associated with two different prescription medicines used to prevent cardiovascular events.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Trump Signs 2018 Budget, With Some Big Wins for Healthcare

Alicia Ault reports, for Medscape on March 23, 2018, that President Donald J. Trump signed the huge $1.3 trillion budget bill that will fund the federal government through the rest of its fiscal 2018 year, including some big increases for health programs and money to fight the opioid crisis.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Scott Signs School Safety Bill; NRA Launches Challenge

News Service of Florida via Health News Florida

Flanked by the parents of Broward County teenagers slain in the nation's second-worst school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a sweeping package addressing mental health, school safety and guns. Immediately, the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the new law, which raises the age from 18 to 21 and imposes a three-day waiting period for the purchase of rifles and other long guns. The age and waiting-period requirements already apply to buying handguns, but the NRA contends that the new restrictions on rifles are unconstitutional.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fall Prevention Luncheon Roundtable Held Feb. 27

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ fall every year? Falls are the  leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.                        
Source: National Council on Aging

The Healthcare Roundtable, in collaboration with the Tri County Senior Resource Referral Network, held its first event of the new year and addressed a crucial healthcare topic: Fall Prevention. The event was held at the Aventura Plaza Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in North Miami Beach on 2/27/18. Elaine Bloom, CEO of Plaza Health Network delivered opening remarks while Murray Rubin acted as moderator. Lunch was provided by Levitt-Weinstein Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert Memorial Chapels & Beth David Memorial Gardens.

The standing room only crowd of almost sixty healthcare professionals witnessed a provocative, informative and timely discussion that featured several leaders in the South Florida elder care sector. The panelists were:
  • Abraham Wagner, DPM, Co-Founder, JAWS Podiatry
  • Armando Morales, President, Assisting Hands Home Health
  • Richard Iser, OT, Director of Rehabilitation, ‎University Plaza Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Includes Significant Changes in Medicare, Other Federal Health Programs

In the aftermath of the recent Federal budget approval on 2.9.18, analysts reveal the new budget's affect on the health sector. In addition to addressing a number of critical budget questions, the legislation includes significant health care policy changes impacting Medicare, Medicaid and...

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