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Big Tobacco Succeeds in Targeting Teens Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 06 May 2019 17:56
 
Alex Bogusky ran an effective marketing campaign 20 years ago that helped "young people to see the tobacco companies as they really were" when it came to marketing cigarettes. His NY Times editorial, published 5/3/19, points out the current regulatory hole that is allowing Big Tobacco to ramp up marketing for vaping to teenagers. These marketing efforts have the potential to wipe out the significant public health progress over the past 2 decades in reducing tobacco use in teenagers. He advocates for corporate moral responsibility in the advertising industry through the "Quit Big Tobacco" campaign.
 
"Few healthcare professionals and executives who read this editorial will support Big Tobacco marketing vaping to teenagers," according to Craig Tanio, MD, MBA, a member of the executive team at Rezilir Health in Hollywood, FL. "It has been 55 years since the Surgeon General's first report on cigarettes and the facts are clear."
 
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Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2019 11:43
 
FICPA Wraps Up Another Successful Health Care Industry Conference Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Friday, 03 May 2019 16:29
 
Few professions are as evolving as healthcare. Regulatory and legislative changes contribute to the industry's thirst for current information. The 2019 Florida Institute of CPAs Health Care Industry Conference, held at the Caribe Royale Resort Suites in Orlando on April 25 and 26, 2019, brought together experts in the field providing the latest data, resources and insights to keep healthcare professional at the top of their game. Faculty included Jana Kolarik, Clinnie F. Biggs Jr., Amanda Brady, CPA, MBA, Jaime Caldwell, Monica R. Chmielewski, Fraser Cobbe, Kirk P. Cornack, CPA, Lynda M. Dennis, CGFO, PhD, Aurelio M. Fernandez, Susan L. Friend, CPA, Calvin E. Glidewell, Jr. and Jeff Goolsby, CPA, CGMA.

Major topics included:

·         Orientation to health care accounting
·         Alternative payment models
·         Physician practice M & A transactions
·         Accounting for software implementation
·         Revenue cycles
·         Recruitment and retention
·         Robotic process automation

 
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2019 17:04
 
The Fallacy of Patient-Centered Care Print E-mail
Written by Myles Gart, MD | KevinMD   
Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00
 
I often wonder what it was like before patient-centered care became a mainstream catchphrase. Was there a poor relationship between the patient and physician in the outpatient setting? Were hospitalized patients' feelings, desires, goals, and therapy options ignored? It amazes me that we were able to care for patients more than ten years ago without using a "patient-centered" approach. According to NEJM Catalyst, "Patient-and family-centered care encourages the active collaboration and shared decision-making between patients, families, and providers to design and manage...
 
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Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2019 16:20
 
Healthcare Organizations Must Take Better Care of Employees Print E-mail
Written by Suneel Dhand, MD | KevinMD   
Friday, 22 February 2019 12:11
 
Anybody who has even a passing interest in health and wellness knows the sobering fact that a large number of medical problems that plague society today are the result of unhealthy living habits. Conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, which are reaching epidemic proportions, are directly linked to poor eating and inactivity. Official statistics show that around 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. We live on diets of junk food, and the vast majority of us don't meet minimum recommendations for weekly exercise (disappointingly under 25 percent do according to this Time article). Among physicians sadly, the very people who should most be setting examples for healthy lifestyles, the statistics are hardly any better - with around 65 percent overweight or obese.

Over the last year, in addition to my hospital work, I've also practiced preventive medicine and wellness in an outpatient setting and got to meet hundreds of people from all walks of life and occupations. Many of them work for large companies that are actively promoting health and well-being among employees. Hearing their stories has got me thinking: Why aren't health care organizations doing the same thing en masse?

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2019 12:14
 
The Dangers of Practicing Medicine Without Context Print E-mail
Written by A Country Doctor Writes   
Friday, 08 February 2019 13:32
 
We once had a locum provider who spent a great deal of time reviewing each patient's record before each visit. He would then enter the room and proceed to "clean up" medication and problem lists. Everything he did was done without eliciting the back story from the patient or the record. All he looked at was the data, never the narrative. Patients were often bewildered, saying "he changed my medicines without even talking to me." It may sound great to only act on the facts, but real medicine is a lot messier than that. Sometimes we prescribe medications for more than one purpose: Amitriptyline may not be the theoretically best drug for neuropathy, but if the patient also has trouble sleeping and a history of migraines, it could solve three problems at once. And propranolol could be used for migraines, tremors, palpitations and stage fright. It may not be the best beta blocker for the average 70 kg male, but there aren't many of those around.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2019 13:35
 
MOC: When you play the game and they change the rules Print E-mail
Written by XRAYVSN, MD | KevinMD   
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:58
 
I think one of the biggest frustrations I have as a doctor is being at the mercy of people who either have no medical training or are so detached from medicine that they have lost touch with those on the front line. The American Board of Radiology (ABR) essentially governs over radiologists who typically need the important board-certified designation to find a place of employment. I have always played by the rules dictated by the ABR and have toed the line with whatever rules/mandates have come from high above. However, it seems like playing by the rules is indeed not enough as this particular board appears to continually change its stance on multiple issues.
 

Last Updated on Monday, 18 March 2019 16:56
 
Hospital Faces Lawsuit for Failing to Honor DNR Print E-mail
Written by KevinMD   
Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:35
 
A New Mexico woman, suffering from Dercum's disease (adiposis dolorosa) which causes painful fatty tumors, is suing a Santa Fe hospital and an emergency physician claiming she was the victim of two negligent acts in 2016. One, according to the Albuquerque Journal, she told hospital personnel she was allergic to Dilaudid but went into cardiac arrest after receiving an injection of the drug. Two, despite the presence of a lawfully executed "do not resuscitate" (DNR) advance directive, she was successfully resuscitated and now faces continued pain and medical bills. The staff had been aware of her DNR order and had even issued her a purple bracelet labeled "DNR." However since the cardiac arrest was allegedly caused by an allergic reaction to Dilaudid, the staff may have felt her problem was not related to her illness and would likely result in a successful resuscitation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:38
 
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