Specialty Focus   
Volume VI | Issue 42                                                                           
Oct. 17, 2017  
        Practice specific news, analysis and commentary 
      for Florida's Medical Specialists
                            From the publisher of FHIweekly & FloridaHealthIndustry.com

Protecting Your License Against Adverse Action
Susan St. John
Florida Healthcare Law Firm

If you have ever been the recipient of a Florida state agency's (i.e. Department of Health, AHCA, etc.) notice regarding an adverse action, such as a Notice of Intent to Deny, licensure application, renewal or change of ownership, you probably received an Election of Rights form along with the agency's notice. The Election of Rights form must be completed and returned to the agency within 21 days of receiving the agency's notice. In completing the Election of Rights form, you are given three options to choose from in deciding how you want to respond to the agency's notice.
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Being a specialist is a constant climb. But it's worth it.
Hassan Patail, MD

College → medical school → residency → fellowship. The journey to becoming a doctor sometimes feels like climbing a never-ending ladder. The process started for me as an undergraduate when I was seventeen years old and will go on well into my thirties. I am still climbing. Each level of ascension is drastically different in both your skill set and responsibilities to your patients. The variation from one stage to the next is magnified due to the increase in breadth of knowledge and years of practice.



How Obamacare has helped poor cancer patients
Fumiko Chino, Resident in Radiation Oncology
Duke University
The Conversation

I am a radiation oncologist who studies the gaps in care between rich and poor and those who have access and those who don't. Cancer changed my life when it claimed my husband's. We had health insurance, but even standard coverage is often not enough with cancer. Imagining how those without insurance could possibly manage, I ended up in medical school to learn how to treat cancer and also how to address coverage gaps. My colleagues and I recently completed the first study to show that the ACA narrowed the gap for cancer patients who are poor.
In Aftermath of Disasters, Hospitals May Have to Fight for Federal Funds to Rebuild 
Ilene MacDonald
Fierce Healthcare

Although the Department of Health and Human Services has declared public health emergencies in California due to raging wildfires and in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the hurricanes that caused widespread devastation, hospitals damaged in those disasters may not find the federal government will be as willing to provide all the funds they need to rebuild the facilities. Indeed, over the last 10 years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid out billions of dollars to help communities, but has also denied appeals for more than $1 billion requested by local governments and nonprofit groups to rebuild after major disasters, according to an analysis by The Associated Press that reviewed 900 final appeal rulings. And those findings may indicate what some healthcare organizations may face in the wake of the California wildfires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the report noted.