Tuesday, August 30, 2016

3rd Annual Women in Medicine program announces faculty, sponsors

The Healthcare Roundtable will produce their 3rd annual Women in Medicine event to be held at FiveStar Premier Residences Hollywood on September 27th from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Entitled Women in Healthcare: Leaders in the Transformation of Medicine, the program will feature several prominent female healthcare professionals. Healthcare attorney Jodi Laurence, who moderated last year, will again serve as moderator. Presented by Greenspoon Marder and FHIcommunications, Danna-Gracey is also a sponsor.

In addition to Ms. Laurence, the faculty includes:

Opening Remarks
Tracey H. Stokes MD, FACS, Owner/Operator, eSSe Plastic Surgery

*     Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, MD, MBA, Psychiatry/Psychiatry & Neurology
Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer, UHealth, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
*     Susan Fox, DO, Internal Medicine, Vascular Medicine/Phlebology          
Owner/Operator, Fox Vein Experts
*     Karen Kennedy, DO, Anesthesiology/Hospice & Palliative Care
Vice President of Medical Affairs, TrustBridge Health

Closing Remarks
Matt Gracey, Owner/Founder, Danna-Gracey

Monday, August 8, 2016

Can a holistic approach to healthcare improve quality and lower cost?

In an August 4, 2016 H&HN post by Alan Spiro, MD and Adam Perlman, MD, the authors remind us that most health systems in the United States aim to deliver patient-centered care.

According to the authors:

...to accommodate true patient-centered care, the focus of our health care system must shift from only treating disease to also creating health and well-being. This requires adopting a new, integrated model that helps people fulfill their own health needs - an achievement that will ultimately deliver the cost and quality outcomes that health managers seek.
If a major goal of health care is to help people live with vitality for as long as they can, we must address the factors - as many as possible - that affect the course of their life-health trajectory. These factors include nutrition and exercise, managing stress and competing priorities, economic forces, and hurdles preventing access to care.
In addition to treating illness, health care's goal must, therefore, be to promote well-being and prevention as well as to provide support in virtually all aspects of people's lives. Such a holistic approach is at the very definition of patient-centered care and requires treating the body, mind and spirit using whatever combination of tools is most appropriate. By helping people fulfill their own health care needs in this way, we can achieve lower cost and higher quality.