|Corneal Transplant Pool Deepens|
But Quality of Donor Tissue is Still the Issue
The success rate for cornea transplant patients has less to do with the age of the donor than it does the quality of the tissue, according to a study published recently in Ophthalmology magazine. The findings are encouraging news to Central Florida eye surgeons, who predict it will necessarily expand the donor pool following last year’s changes in federal regulations that require more rigorous screening and record-keeping procedures.
Cover Florida Law has Advocates Skeptical
Governor Charlie Crist signed the Cover Florida law recently.
Are Stripped-down Plans Offered at Lower Costs the Answer?
Gov. Charlie Crist got widespread support for a new law he signed on May 21 aimed at lowering the cost of health insurance, but consumer advocates are skeptical.
The law, known as Cover Florida, will allow insurers to offer stripped-down plans without any of the 52 mandated benefits currently on the books.
Supporters of the law figure that it’s better to have some health insurance than none at all, while consumer advocates question whether people will even buy the plans, and if they buy the plans, whether they understand exactly what they are getting.
|Tako-Tsubo /Stress Induced Cardiomyopathy|
The Broken Heart Syndrome
In recent years, there have been increasing reports of an acute cardiac phenomenon of transient acute left ventricular dysfunction precipitated by profound emotional or physiological stress. There are associated ECG abnormalities and myocardial injury as evidenced by modestly elevated cardiac markers without angiographic evidence of obstructive coronary disease.
DR. LINUS A. WODI
|Best Practices: Diabetic Foot Ulcers|
The Comprehensive Wound Care Center at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital applies a physician driven, multi-disciplinary approach that directs critical resources required for the treatment of patients with wound healing failure.
Diabetes mellitus affects 20.8 million people in the U.S. with 3,651 new cases diagnosed daily. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of blindness, renal failure, and lower extremity amputation...
ANTONIO CRESPO, MD
Chronic Venous Insufficiency/Pearls and Pitfalls in the Diagnosis
Venous disease is estimated to affect 25 million people in the United States. Venous ulcers, the most significant complication, affect approximately 500 thousand people. More than 2 million working days are lost each year and approximately 3 billion dollars is spent treating venous disease. In addition, venous disease is estimated to account for 1 to 3 percent of the total healthcare budget. Although venous disease cannot be avoided, greater awareness among patients and physicians can diminish the impact...
Dr. Samuel P. Martin
Two recent discoveries from the University of Utah School of Medicine and the affiliated John A. Moran Eye Center, in collaboration with researchers from other locations, are providing new hope to those suffering from age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
|Grand Rounds July|
Elie Khouri, MD Joins Sand Lake Hospitalists
SCC Nursing Student To Speak At Regional Women’s Health Conference
Marylee Jacobs Selected As The Southeast Regional Treasurer For ARMA International
Florida Hospital Performs First Unrelated Bone Marrow Transplant In Orlando Area
Nemours Closes On Lake Nona Medical Campus Land, Selects Construction Manager
Florida Hospital Surgeon Performs First Minimally Invasive Colon Surgery Using Rare Method
Broad And Cassel’s Health Law Practice Group Receives Praise In Prestigious Legal Guide
Dr. Jason Salagubang To Open Whole Health Family Medicine In New Apopka Medical Office Building
Leesburg Regional Medical Center Heart Institute Now Performing Minimally- Invasive Heart Valve Repairs
New Help Line Benefits Alliance Patients
Additional Physicians Join The Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center At Leesburg Regional Medical Center
Wuesthoff Health System Awards Physicians Of The Year For 2008
Hospice Of St. Francis CNA Receives 2008 Excellence Award
Gastroenterologist, Robert M. Barbati, MD, Joins Wuesthoff Health System
Halifax Health And Florida Health Care Plans Recognized As Exceptional Employers
Moffitt Cancer Center Appoints Dr. Martin J. Murphy Jr. To Board Of Advisors
Dr. Jennifer S. Landy, Board Certified Surgeon,Specializing In Oculoplastic
Town & Country Hospital Appoints New Governing Board Members
Two Bayfront Orthopaedic Surgeons Selected to Board of Florida Orthopaedic Society
Holy Cross, South Miami Hospital, Tallahassee Memorial Partners With Antos Environmental
|Health Savings Accounts - The Future of Health Insurance|
Health Savings Accounts (HSA) were created Public Law 108-173 and signed into law by President Bush on December 8, 2003. HSAs have changed the way millions meet their healthcare needs since they are designed to help individuals save for qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax favorable basis.
To qualify, any adult who is covered by an approved High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) may establish an HSA. A HDHP will have no other first-dollar coverage. Tax favorable contributions may be made as follows:
TANYA L. BURNS
|HIT Reforms Healthcare|
The business of healthcare at the physician/patient level is 10 to 20 years behind in technology. All patient records are recorded on paper. Comparing lab results and the diagnosis of your physician is a manual operation that takes several days to process. The insurance company charging premiums gets a claim that has been handled by not less than four pairs of hands who each stake a claim to the financial outcome of your office visit.
|NAHIT Defines Six Most Important HIT Terms|
Do you know the difference between an electronic health record and an electronic medical record? Well, apparently neither do a lot of other people. That’s what prompted the National Alliance for Health Information Technology to spearhead a project resulting in six definitions that the alliance hopes will become industry standards and eventually eliminate some ambiguity and confusion.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|Physician Spotlight: Dr. Scott Gordon|
One thing is immediately apparent about Dr. Scott S. Gordon — he’s one busy guy. He is, after all, an orthopedic surgeon, movie script writer and father of three.
Fortunately for Gordon, he enjoys what he does. When you ask him how he stays sane, he says the answer is simple.
“If you’re busy with the things you like to do — you’re never busy,’’ he said.
“It’s when you’re busy with the things you don’t like that drive you insane.”
Gordon, who works at Orthopedic Associates of Osceola and also recently attended the premiere of his own comedy medical movie, has a true passion for both areas of “medicine.”
Where is my money?
No money for payroll? Can’t seem to cover your overhead this month? Are you working many hours/day yet your deposits are minimal? You are not alone. Proclaims Medical Billing is regularly contacted by practices that are facing these very same dilemmas. Determining the root cause of less than desirable cash flow is a challenge. The first step is to gather data...
You Get What You Pay For!
March 24, 2008
“According to a statement issued by the National Heart , Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a notebook was lifted from the locked trunk of an employee.
The good news, as is so often the case, is that the theft appears to be random. That is, the thieves seem to have gone for the hardware, and not for the data it holds..."
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