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Blue Distinction Total Care Doctors, Hospitals and Clinical Care Teams Achieve Better Health Outcomes Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 30 April 2018 17:10

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced, in an April 26, 2018 PR Newswire release, that the Blue Distinction Total Care program, the industry's largest national network of value-based care programs -- accountable care organizations (ACOs) and patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) -- is outperforming other care providers in key health care quality and patient health metrics since its launch just a few years ago.

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 April 2018 17:14
FICPA Delivers Annual Health Care Industry Conference Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Sunday, 22 April 2018 00:00

The Florida Institute of CPA’s held their annual Health Care Industry Conference Thursday, April 19 - Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. Entitled Ongoing Change. Ongoing Learning., this year's conference promised to help financial professionals keep pace with this ever-evolving industry. Speakers included Erin Aebel, Warren E. Beck, Rebecca O. Burch, Jamie M. Burgess, CPA, CISSP, CISA, Eric J. Busch, MBA, CPA, John D. Couris, Lynda M. Dennis, PhD, CPA, CGFO, Andrew S. Feldman, Charles Felix, CPA, CFF, Wilfredo A. Ferrer, Jessika Garis, CHC and Richard J. Lucibella, MHS, MBA. Thursday's Keynote addressed the Tax and Healthcare Legislative Outlook from Washington. Other topics covered were When the Government Comes Knocking, Bundled Payments and Managing Multi-Generational Teams. Mr. Couris delivered a passionate lecture on healthcare consumerism Friday morning while Rich Lucibella offered a spirited presentation on the viability and sustainability of ACO's.

Sponsors were as follows:
  • RSM
  • South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report
  • Vaco
  • Carr, Riggs + Ingram 
  • FHIcommunications 
  • J.P. Morgan 
  • Ernst + Young 
  • HFMA 
  • Moore Stephens Lovelace 
  • Navigant Consulting 
  • Pinnacle Health Care
For information on future conferences, please contact the FICPA at (800) 342-3197, (850) 224-2727 or

Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2018 16:39
The momentum to treat in America is unmatched around the globe Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 16 April 2018 18:44

Samuel Harrington, MD, in a KevinMD post dated April 14, 2018, illustrates via an anecdote how the U.S. health system tends to over-treat with expensive and sometimes deadly outcomes.

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New Florida Law Makes it Easier for Doctors to Offer Direct Primary Care Agreements Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:00

Late last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill (HB 37) allowing physicians, chiropractors and group practices to sign direct primary care agreements (DPC) with patients without having to worry about violating insurance laws.

Such agreements are becoming increasingly popular. According to a survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly 3 percent of family physicians operated under DPC in 2017.

The legislation does not specify how much can be charged, or what services can be provided. It simply amends Florida's insurance code to make it clear that direct primary care agreements do not violate insurance regulations. It does, however, require direct primary care contracts to be in writing and to describe the scope of services to be covered.

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Time for a Paradigm Shift in the Classification of Muscle Injuries Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 08:48

Current grading systems for muscle injuries may not provide clinicians with enough information to guide athletes on when they can return to their respective sports with minimal risk of re-injury. That’s the finding of an article co-authored by Thomas M. Best, MD, PhD, Research Director at the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute, and published in the Journal of Sports and Health Science in 2017.

The purpose of this study was to discuss the fact that current grading systems for muscle injuries provide clinicians with little information on which to guide the athlete regarding projected time loss and return to sport. The authors found that each of the new classification and grading systems have strengths, but there remains little unanimity on a system that is both comprehensive and evidence-based.

“Muscle injuries remain one of the most common injuries in sports,” said Best, who is also a professor of orthopaedics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “Yet despite this, there is little consensus on how to either effectively describe or determine the prognosis of a specific injury.”

Injury classification helps to describe an injury while a grade indicates the severity of an injury. Most athletes and coaches are concerned with the severity of an injury as it relates to the length of time it may take to return to full sports participation. The use of radiology can quickly correlate clinical findings with imaging characteristics that help establish early categorical radiological grading systems.

While most sports medicine physicians rely on MRI to guide athletes when projecting time loss from a sport, this study argues that a new classification system of muscle injuries need to be developed in order to better inform athletes of their prognosis, as well as help physicians accurately diagnose, manage, and prognosticate.

“While the ability to predict return to play is an expectation placed upon practitioners working with athletes, there is still incomplete evidence upon which to base decisions,” said Best. Dr. Best is part of an international consortium leading this effort.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:03
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