Specialty Focus   
Volume VI | Issue 32                                                                           
August 8, 2017  
        Practice specific news, analysis and commentary 
      for Florida's Medical Specialists
                            From the publisher of FHIweekly & FloridaHealthIndustry.com

OIG Plans to Focus on Medicare Part B Payments for Telemedicine
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, (HHS OIG) recently announced a new project designed to review Medicare Part B payments for telemedicine services. It's part of the OIG's Work Plan initiatives released last November and updated monthly.

Among the June/July updates, the agency noted it will be looking to see if healthcare professionals are providing telehealth services to Medicare Part B patients at an approved originating site.

Medicare Part B covers expenses for telehealth services on the telehealth list when those services are delivered via an interactive telecommunications system, provided certain conditions are met...
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I told my emergency medicine team to 'move on' after a horrific patient death. That was a mistake
ED doctor Jay Baruch, MD writes in an August 2, 2017 STAT First Opinion post:

Moving on might be what we do, but that doesn't make it right or healthy. Despite attempts at bravura, emergency medicine providers, along with other frontline specialists, burn precariously bright when it comes to depression and burnout. When physicians suffer, patients may suffer, too. When my emotional reserve drops, it means I have a limited supply of what my patients deserve -- compassion, patience, and comfort with stories that unwind without direction.
Will Genetic Engineering Save or Sink Humanity?
In an 8.6.17 post, MD Whistleblower ponders the ethical dilemma created by the recent announcement that gene Whistle editing has been applied to fix diseased genes in viable human embryos:
<We have> learned of an astonishing scientific breakthrough that seems utterly fantastic and futuristic, even though it has actually occurred. Scientists amended the DNA of human embryos to correct a mutation - a genetic defect - that causes a very serious medical disease. This suggests that with additional research and testing that embryos who otherwise might be destined for misery could be rescued...The fact that there is a fortune to be made in the genetics industry can be expected to alter the direction of our ethical compass. And, while the initial roll-out will be discussing how genetic intervention can reverse the course of devastating and fatal diseases, does anyone believe it will stop there? Once the concept has been normalized, other medical conditions will be targeted. The creep will be inexorable. Boundaries will be shattered.
GI Conference  Announces Speakers 
The GI Outlook 2017 Practice Management Conference, to be held August 11 - 13 and hosted by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, has announced its speakers.

Miami based Gastro Health Chief Executive Officer, Alejandro Fernandez, will serve as one of three esteemed course directors and will speak on leadership skills and competencies needed that include building teams, working collaboratively and thinking strategically. He joins executive leaders Edward S. Bentley, MD, senior partner at Santa Barbara (CA) Gastroenterology Consultants and Reed B. Hogan II, MD, Managing Partner at GI Associates and Endoscopy Center, based in Mississippi.

GI Outlook 2017 will take place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California. For more information about this event, click here.