Florida Medical Space
Game Changers  
 Volume III, Issue 15 | April 11, 2014  

  South Florida Healthcare Professionals on the Move:   


 Promotions, Engagements, Appointments & Accolades

From the publisher of FHIweekly,  Specialty Focus & FloridaHealthIndustry.com

Current Events Calendar  

SFHEF presents

Annual Case Competition 


Sat., April 19 | 8-10 am


Aventura Hospital & Medical Center  


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Palm Beach County Medical Society presents 


Heroes Goes Hollywood Pre-Party 


Th., April 24 | 6-8 pm 


Scripps Florida | Jupiter 


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SFHEF in Partnership with HFMA Florida Chapter presents


Population Health


Th., April 24 | 5:30-8 pm


Broward Health North


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HCC 2014 150 x 175
VidaCare Plus Skyscraper
The Stockdale Foundation presents...  
Poker & Casino Night 2014

May 8, 2014 | 6-10 pm

JM Lexus, Margate

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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce presents...  

Healthcare Heroes Luncheon

May 20, 2014

Jungle Island, Miami

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MI Based Self Determination Advocate Expands Service to S. FL  

Tim Carmichael
Tim Carmichael


Tim Carmichael, CEO & Co-Founder of GT Independence, a fiscal intermediary based in Sturgis, Michigan has recently expanded service to South Florida. Mr. Carmichael was in town on March 25 where he spoke to a capacity crowd of Geriatricians, Long-Term Care Professionals and other interested parties at Vi at Aventura. A passionate advocate of Self Determination for persons with disabilities, Mr. Carmichael stated:


"Over the last 30 years there has been great progress in acceptance and treatment of persons with disabilities but some are still denied basic choices today. At GT Independence we believe that those with disabilities and long term care needs deserve independence, freedom of choice and the ability to determine the path of their own life".


Realizing the benefits of Self Determination and wanting to empower others with disabilities, Tim teamed up with friend David Bair in late 2004 to launch the company that would become GT Independence. Under the direction of Tim and John Carmichael, GT Independence has grown substantially and now provides fiscal/employer agent services and other financial intermediary services to over 8000 people across 4 states.




Vitale Whistle Blower Defense  
Integrating  Medicine and Law at the Miami VHA 

Dr. Pat Caralis and Dr. Ed Olsen, an internist and a psychiatrist at the Miami VHA, have established a Medical Law Clinic which serves veterans. These physicians, who also hold JD credentials, have recognized that the major medical issues veterans frequently face are complicated by legal problems, which may be sustained directly from their military service. When unresolved, these legal troubles often exacerbate their health issues and create insurmountable barriers to their achieving a quality life. They have established this clinic to evaluate and assist veterans with their legal forms and needs such as:

  • Capacity and Guardianship
  • Advance Directives
  • Wills
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Social Security Disability Claims

Cigna Partners With Holy Cross Docs for Accountable Care Network


Brian Bandell | SFBJ


Nearly 5,000 Cigna health insurance members in Broward and Palm Beach counties will be part of a new collaborative care program with Holy Cross Physician Partners.


The program is modeled after accountable care organizations (ACOs), a federal program set up for Medicare. The aim is to reward health providers for quality of patient and efficient use of resources. This is the first collaborative care agreement for Cigna (NYSE: CI) in South Florida, and the fourth in the state.


It applies to 300 Holy Cross physicians. 


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New Boards Installed 


Broward based Women's Healthcare Executive Network South Florida recent installed their 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

Led by Jeff Kaplan, COO of HeartWell, LLP, the South Florida Medical Group Management Association recently installed a new Board of Directors as well.


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