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Volume VI | Issue 28                                                                               
July 11, 2017  
 
        Practice specific news, analysis and commentary 
      for Florida's Medical Specialists
                            From the publisher of FHIweekly & FloridaHealthIndustry.com

AI in Medicine a Long  Way Off
Bruce Campbell, MD
KevinMD

Two people presented to my clinic on the same day with classic symptoms of head and neck cancer. 

Each  reported several weeks of unilateral throat discomfort, ear pain, and a neck mass. Each was having some trouble swallowing and had changed his diet to accommodate the soreness. When they opened their mouths, each had a mass with a tinge of blood visible in his throat. Red flags were everywhere.

Here are more things they had in common...  

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The Importance of Relationships in the ASC Industry
Tom Mahoney, Tim Fuchs 
Becker's ASC Review

Technology is remaking healthcare.

Patients today can track their heart rate and sleep patterns with wearable gadgets that once required expensive commercial diagnostic equipment. Smartphones and  broadband also mean a doctor's visit is now just a phone call away, as telehealth initiatives begin to take hold in many markets.

New technology, too, is playing an increasingly significant role in revenue cycle management. By utilizing software appropriately, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) can automate certain tasks, resulting in increased billing efficiency and optimized reimbursements.
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June a Busy Month for Healthcare Fraud Enforcement
Vitale Health Law

Individual physicians, medical billers, DME manufacturers, healthcare executives and even entire healthcare systems were on the receiving end of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) enforcement efforts last month. In fact, there were 39 actions announced by the IG's office in June, up from 35 in May and 28 in April.

With so much enforcement activity taking place, we thought it might be a good time to remind readers about the kinds of activity that can lead to an arrest, jail time and significant fines.

On the last day of the month alone, the OIG announced the following five actions...
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Hospitals That Spend More on Emergency Care Have Better Outcomes
Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office

Hospitals that spend more on initial care following patient emergencies have better outcomes than hospitals that spend less at first and rely more on additional forms of long-term care, according to a new study co-authored by MIT economists.

More specifically, hospitals that invest more in inpatient care yield better results, per dollar spent, than those that assign relatively more patients to skilled nursing facilities upon discharge. Other things being equal, allocating a higher percentage of overall health care expenses to a hospital's inpatient treatment is consistent with lower mortality rates among elderly Medicare recipients.
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