Monday, November 6, 2017

Why Doctors Should Unionize

"Hospital administrators easily manipulated physicians, treating them as if they were hired hands. Insurance companies were dealing with them as if they were employees. Government programs...controlled key aspects of doctors' work, told them how much they would be paid, and what procedures they would be paid for," according to Dr. Sanford A. Marcus, a surgeon in private practice who formed the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD).

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Healthcare Roundtable announces November event

Trustbridge presents...
 
Palliative Care Roundtable
 
A live panel discussion featuring some of South Florida's leading hospice and elder care experts, this will be the third annual event.

Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 | 7:30-9:30 am

Five Star Premier Residences
Hollywood, FL

Register

Monday, October 9, 2017

Cancer and obesity

A Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) post dated 10/3/17 examines the relationship between cancer and obesity:

Overweight and obesity are associated with at least 13 different types of cancer. These cancers make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed. About 2 in 3 occur in adults 50-74 years old. Most types of these cancers associated with overweight and obesity increased from 2005-2014. More than half of Americans don't know that overweight and obesity can increase their risk for cancer. Many things are associated with cancer, but avoiding tobacco use and keeping a healthy weight are among the most important things people can do to lower their risk of getting cancer.
 
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Many Questions Remain as Investigators Examine Broward Nursing Home Deaths

Police say a ninth person has died nearly a week after the evacuation of a Florida nursing home that Hurricane Irma left without air conditioning. 

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has been in business for over 30 years. It was acquired by Hollywood Property Investments in 2015 (an affiliate of South Miami-based Larkin Community Hospital). Jorge Carballo, MBA, NHA is the Administrator and the Director of Nursing is Maria Colon, RN, BSN. Attorney Gary Matzner is the facility's legal counsel. The facility is located directly across the street from Memorial Regional Hospital
The Florida Department of Health stated, "The tragic and senseless loss at Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center is the subject of a criminal homicide investigation by law enforcement." The legal guardian of one resident is suing the facility for negligence and reckless indifference, claiming that Hollywood Hills didn't take the proper precautions to protect their most vulnerable patients. The public relations firm representing the hospital said that multiple calls and requests for assistance were placed to Florida emergency services and utility companies after the air conditioning and electrical supply were rendered inert by Irma. Florida officials have suspended the license of the nursing home. Home officials say they used coolers, fans, ice and other means to cool the patients. When FPL workers arrived at the nursing home after the patients died, it took them approximately 20 minutes to get the center's power back up and running.
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Monday, August 28, 2017

8 ways to fix the Affordable Care Act

Gienna Shaw, in an August 23, 2017 post:

In this special report,  FierceHealthcare's editors-experts on the business of healthcare who cover hospitals, health systems, physician practices, insurance companies, health information technology and healthcare finance every day-outline some of the ideas, programs and reforms that hold the most potential to heal the nation's healthcare system. 

This a must-read for anyone interested in U.S. health policy.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Remarkable Increases in Alcohol Use

Bridget F. Grant, PhD, S. Patricia Chou, PhD, Tulshi D. Saha, PhD, et al report on American alcohol use in an August 9, 2017 JAMA Psychiatry post. The authors studied 12-month prevalence of alcohol use, high-risk drinking, and DSM-IV alcohol use disorder between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013. According to the authors:

In this study of data from face-to-face interviews conducted in 2 nationally representative surveys of U.S. adults, including the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions and the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III, 12-month alcohol use (up 11.2%), high-risk drinking (up 29.9%), and DSM-IV alcohol use disorder (up 49.4%) increased for the total U.S. population and, with few exceptions, across socio-demographic subgroups.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

FDA Targets Nicotine in Cigarettes

Matt Egan, reporting for CNN on 7.28.17:

The FDA said it will consider a plan to cut the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to "non-addictive" levels. The agency said it may also regulate "kid-appealing flavors" in e-cigarettes and cigars and wants to encourage "new products that may be less dangerous than cigarettes."

Cigarettes are the "only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

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