|Florida Court Declines to Enforce Non-compete Contracts|
Florida appellate court ruling earlier this year may have further eroded the enforceability of covenants not to compete in physician employment agreements, possibly paving the way for similar future rulings.
Two recent cases in the 1st and 5th District Court of Appeals (DCA) appear to advance a "prevailing view," even though they are in direct conflict with a prior 3rd DCA decision.
BY DEBORAH BALSHEM
|Local Firm Makes Life Easier for Hospital Patients Nationwide|
Valet parking is no longer just for the rich or only during the holidays.
Tampa-based Healthcare Parking Systems of America has found a niche providing specialized valet and parking-related management services exclusively to hospitals, health centers and medical office buildings nationwide.
For patients, the traffic control service provides one less concern about going to the doctor's office or the hospital. For healthcare facilities, it represents one less headache for operations managers.
BY LYNNE JETER
|FMA Goes on the Road to Promote Legal Waivers|
Representatives from the Florida Medical Association (FMA) last month held the first in a series of regional meetings to educate physicians on the use of the FMA's new legal patient waiver, developed in response to the state's ongoing struggle with tort reform.
The legal waiver would limit "pain and suffering" damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000. Economic damages, such as lost wages or continuing medical care, would not be affected.
BY ELLEN MOSES
|MGMA Responds to Medicare Payment Proposal|
In a 20-page letter sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in October, Dr. William F. Jessee, FACMPE, president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), outlined the myriad of concerns the organization has with the proposed 2007 Medicare physician fee schedule.
In his correspondence, Jessee noted, "We appreciate the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' outreach to the provider community and their willingness to participate in coanstructive dialogue to improve the Medicare program."
BY CINDY SANDERS
|Wal-Mart Takes Aim at Lowering Drug Costs|
The company that revolutionized retailing in America has set its sights on the generic drug market. And by all accounts, the marketing war triggered by Wal-Mart's $4 generic drug offer will have a lasting impact on pharmaceutical prices.
Beginning in Tampa, Fla., Wal-Mart has begun selling a 30-day supply of select generic drugs for $4. And the notion proved so potent that the retail behemoth quickly decided to accelerate the rollout, adding a roster of 26 other states to the list where it would start to expand this year while pushing the total number of prescriptions available to 314.
BY JOHN CARROLL
|Physician Spotlight: Madelyn E. Butler, MD|
Fulfilling a childhood promise made at the tender age of eight, Madelyn E. Butler, MD a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist practicing in Tampa, traveled to Haiti in June to provide medical aid to residents in the mountain village of St. Suzanne.
As one of seven physicians in The Women's Group of Tampa, Butler often has the opportunity to help those in need. But it was the trip to Haiti that afforded her the opportunity to keep a youthful promise to help those who lack access to regular medical care.
BY WENDY R. LEVINE GROSS
|Expanding HIV Testing|
As another World AIDS Day was observed on December 1, there are more than 1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS.
However, an estimated 25 percent of that group doesn't realize they are infected.
Healthcare professionals agree screening is a vital part of prevention, behavior modification, treatment and outcomes.
by CINDY SANDER S
|Doctors Find Choice Jobs Online|
The newest player on the employment field — doctorsjobsite.com — launched in July, has already become a national hot Web spot for physicians wanting to make a location move or better their career, and for recruiters and employers searching for just the right doctor to fit their needs.
Doctorsjobsite.com founder, Hattiesburg, Miss. resident John Donovan, said although the site is somewhat like a Monster.com in that it provides an easy way to do a job search, makes application, and provides search tools for employers and recruiters, it has a couple of real distinguishing factors.
By GLORIA BUTLER BALDWIN
|Moffitt Foundation Establishes Endowed Chair for Breast Cancer Research|
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Foundation has been selected to receive an $812,000 gift from the Walter L. and Phyllis W. Mason Trust, administered by Regions Morgan Keegan Trust, formerly AmSouth Trust. Moffitt will match the gift to establish the $1.6 million Walter L. and Phyllis W. Mason Endowed Chair for Breast Cancer Research at Moffitt.
|Surgical Safety Institute Recipient Of Tampa Bay Technology Forum Award|
Surgical Safety Institute, a Tampa-based company that provides technology, training and on-going support to healthcare institutions in order to prevent surgical error in the operating room (OR), was recently honored as the Emerging Technology Company of the Year by Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF). The Forum's third annual Industry Achievements Awards, which recognize the excellence and leadership of technology companies and individuals in the Bay area, were presented at a black-tie gala event held at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa.
|Sarasota Memorial Named Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospital|
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System once again was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for cardiovascular care by Solucient, a national health information firm that issues quality rankings. This is the fifth time that Sarasota Memorial has been recognized with this honor, which objectively measures performance on key criteria at the nation's top performing acute-care hospitals.
|Tampa General Earns 11 JCAHO Certifications|
The outside of Tampa General is a little chaotic thanks to the major construction, but things are going just right on the inside. Tampa General is now the only hospital in the country to receive disease-specific certification — in 11 areas of healthcare. These certifications come from the nation's largest independent organization that monitors the quality and safety of patient care, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Tampa General is now the proud recipient of Gold Seal certifications in 11 specific areas.
|Manatee Memorial Hospital Names CEO/Managing Director|
As the new CEO of Manatee Memorial Hospital and Group Director of the Manatee Healthcare System, Moody Chisholm brings more than 23 years of experience in healthcare administration. For most of his professional career, he has served in various management positions with Manatee Memorial's parent company, Universal Health Services, Inc., one of the largest hospital management companies in the nation.
|Lobular Involution Decreases Breast Cancer Risk|
Breast lobular involution is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer in women with benign breast disease, according to a new study published in the recent issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI). Lobular involution, part of normal aging, is the regression of the milk-producing glands or lobules in the breast.
|USF/Pepin Heart Partnership Gets Boost with Hiring of Director|
The partnership between USF Health and Pepin Heart Hospital & Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute has moved forward with the addition this fall of Dr. Charles Lambert, Jr. as Pepin Heart Hospital's Medical Director and Professor of Medicine at the USF College of Medicine. The university and hospital forged an affiliation agreement last year to work together in strengthening cardiovascular research, clinical care and educational opportunities in the Tampa Bay region.
|Colon Cancer Clinical Trial Recruiting Patients|
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is partnering with nine of its affiliates across Florida in order to recruit patients to take part in a colon cancer clinical trial. The purpose of the study is to determine if investigators can predict the sensitivity or resistance of colon cancer to the two available first line chemotherapy agents – Xelox +avastin or Xeliri+avastin.
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