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Healthcare Roundtable Series Holds June Program Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 00:00

As the healthcare industry rapidly transforms an unsustainable economic model, traditional Group Practices face formidable challenges.   Coping with payers, government regulators, payment reform and technology demands leaves too little time for patients.  And those clinging to traditional goals, strategies, structure and processes face a dim future. From immediate cash flow concerns to long-term capital budgets, Group Practices must elevate their financial acumen to thrive in the new health age. 

Held on Tuesday, June 4th from 7:30-9:30 a.m., we explored....

Group Practice Finance

We brought in Alexandru Visan, MD to handle the moderating duties.  We invited a group practice administrator to offer the "in the trenches" perspective.  Meanwhile a healthcare banker was essential.  In addition we felt it would give depth to our by program by including a risk manager and a business coaching & tax advisor.  These two specialists were able to offer insights into how practices can mitigate risk and increase efficiencies, thus improving cash flow and creating opportunities to self fund growth.

To Meet The Panel, click HERE.


"What is the true value of a physician?  My headaches are:

Am I pricing right?
Am I attracting enough patients?

But as a Boutique Practice we are always an out of network provider.  I don't have to fight insurance companies for reimbursement."

-Eris Thomas, MBA
CEO, Coral Gables Executive Physicians

"Obstacles are the raw materials for solutions."

-Bimal Shah, CLU, ChFC, CASL
President, Rajparth Advisory Group

"It's not just about medical malpractice.  Emerging liability issues include billing & coding audits and cyber risk."

-Jonathan Katz, MBA
CEO, Oros Risk Solutions

"The first question we ask a doctor is:

What's the rate on your practice loan? 

Refinancing existing debt is a starting point...Rates are the lowest they have been in forty years."

-Denise Schepis, MBA
Healthcare Business Banker, VP, PNC Bank

Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD provided the Opening Remarks.

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Panelist Denise Schepis, Event Producer Jeff Herschler and Guest Alex Fernandez

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Moderator Alex Visan, MD, Speaker Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD plus Panelists Jonathan Katz and Bimal Shah

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Healthcare Bankers Denise Schepis and Troy Ganzel confer with Park Shore Pharmacon Directors Rachel Muccino and Josephine Gillis

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Panelist Eris Thomas and Host Kristen Palanza

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Dr. Visan and Alex Fernandez

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Jeff Herschler, Guest Enrique Knobloch, MD, Jonathan Katz and Guest Hank Koche

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Meet the Panel:  Eris Thomas, Bimal Shah, Jonathan Katz, Denise Schepis

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Chris Cook and Eris Thomas

Those interested in sponsoring future events and/or serving on future panels should contact Jeff Herschler or click Sponsor  to learn more.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:46
Practice Formation/Re-Formation 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

The latest Healthcare Roundtable event, entitled Practice Formation/Re-Formation 2014,  was held at Imperial Club, Aventura on Tuesday, April 9, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

The Panel consisted of:
  • Antonio Wong, MD
  • Sandra Greenblatt, MBA, JD
  • Ira Agatstein, MD
  • Lanny Pauley
  • Richard Lucibella, MBA
The progam was Moderated by:
  • Brian Foster, MBA

Read the full story HERE.               


The Sponsors were CareCloud and Sandra Greenblatt, PA. 


The Healthcare Roundtable Series is produced by FHIcommunications.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 09:07
Healthcare Roundtable Series Kicks-off with 2013 Events Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Monday, 18 February 2013 08:57

Produced by FHIcommunications, the Healthcare Roundtable Series kicked-off the new year with:

Finding a Path through the Maze--Medicare Provider Re-Validation

The panelists were Benjamin Frosch, Gary Matzner, Esq., Ira Agatstein, MD and Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD. The discussion was moderated by Lanny Pauley, COO, Neuroscience Consultants. The venue was Mount Sinai Medical Center, Aventura and the event took place on January 29. 


"After you get de-activated you can continue to see patients. After all, you are licensed. You want to get paid? That's another story."  BF

"Ben Frosch is Mr. Medicare in the S.E. United States.”  GM

"It's black and white. If you don't revalidate successfully, you are stuck. There is no room for error."  IA

"Physicians can delegate but not abdicate administrative and compliance matters. This is leadership."  BW

The next Healthcare Roundtable event, entitled Practice Formation/Re-Formation 2014, will feature Brian Polner, MD. It will be held at Imperial Club, Aventura on Tuesday, April 9, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Those interested in serving on this panel and/or sponsoring this event should contact Jeff Herschler.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 08:24
Healthcare Roundtable Event Held November 20 Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Friday, 16 November 2012 08:24

The topic was the Looming Elder Care Crisis.   The panelists were:
  • Paul Gionfriddo, Author, Our Health Policy Matters
  • Max B. Rothman, JD, LL.M., President & CEO, Alliance for Aging, Inc.
  • Beth R. Braver, MD, Board Certified Internal Medicine
  • Ira Andrew Katz, MD, Board Certified Internal Medicine
The discussion was moderated by Ilene Zweig, Partner, Innovations in Health-Care Marketing Network.

The sponsors were Employers Mutual Inc and Bay Imaging Group.   The host was Park Shore Pharmacon.  Opening Remarks were delivered by Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD while Dennis Bartlett, VP, Employers Mutual Insurance provided closing comments.  Bob Gillis, President & CEO of Park Shore welcomed the attendees while Kristen Gillis, Business Development Director of Park Shore lead a facility tour at the end of the program.

The next Healthcare Roundtable event will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 7:00-9:00 a.m.  The topic is:

Finding a Path through the Maze: Medicare Provider Re-Validation

Panelists so far are Benjamin Frosch and Gary Matzner, Esq.   The meeting venue will be Mount Sinai Medical Center, Aventura. Details, including online registration will be posted soon.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 07:39
From Street Ball to a Truly Integrated and Efficient Healthcare Delivery System Print E-mail
Written by Matt Gracey   
Friday, 26 October 2012 08:08

Editor's Note:

Mr. Gracey attended our recent (Tues., Oct. 16, 2012) Healthcare Roundtable Event: Paradigm Shift in Physician Compensation. He was scheduled to make the Closing Remarks at the program's finale but I forgot to include the segment. I wish to extend my sincerest apologies to Matt and thank him for taking the time to reformat his comments into the article that appears below.  

The event was held at Imperial ClubDanna-Gracey and Bay Imaging Group were sponsors.  FHIcommunications appreciates the generous support of the host and sponsors. We could not have done it without you.

We covered lots of ground, from ACOs to quarterbacks, from Toyota production (Deming theories) to Pizza Hut, from Cowboys and Pit crews to the oldest profession. 

It seems like the medical industry is like the early football teams playing street ball on every street, throughout the neighborhoods, in every city, disjointed and just now sitting down to discuss how to:
  • Make real teams (ACOs or patient centered Medical Homes)
  • Debating what the rules might look like
  • Realizing someone/everyone needs to keep score (there is serious need for data; can't manage unless you measure)
  • Understanding that the teams need quarterbacks but now pondering who is going to be the quarterback? (Doctors, hospitals, ACOs, primary care doctors, specialists, government),
  • Who is going to be the ball? (I.e. the system should revolve around which entity? Will it be truly patient centered care or will it be doctor or hospital or government or managed-care centric?)
  • How can we do it less expensively? (Note: we can bend the cost curve, i.e. slow the rate of growth, but we can't really deliver healthcare cheaper)
The Panel consisted of:
  • Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine  
  • James Leavitt, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. 
  • Lanny Pauley, COO, Neuroscience Consultants, a Dade based Neurologic Group Practice   
  • Richard Lucibella, Director, Primus Health Network, LLC and CEO at HealthNet LLC
It was moderated by Michael Casanova, Senior Healthcare Consultant, Strategic Consulting Services

Click HERE to see the Biographies of the Panelists and Moderator.

Here are some great quotes (note- we've included attribution where possible; we use initials for the credits to save space):

"Healthcare is a young industry but an old profession." (BW)

"Quoting Deming: If you concentrate on quality, the costs will go down; if you concentrate on cost, quality goes down." (JL)

"Perfect is the enemy of good."

"We have no healthcare system now."

"We use 'Accountable' care as an adjective not a noun" (JL)

"The low hanging fruit is diabetes, end of life care, oncology and orthopedics."

"Healthcare must move from volume based to value based medicine." (BW)

"We must transition from competitive model to cooperative model."   

"The four C's (collaboration, cooperation, coordination, compromise) are the formula for success in the accountable care era." (MC)

Finally I'd like to add a quote from one of the eminent philosophers of our era, George Carlin:  Change is inevitable....except in vending machines!

FHIcommunications will produce another Healthcare Roundtable event on November 20. The Host is Park Shore Pharmacon. The topic is Examining the Looming Elder Care Crisis.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 08:08
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