Florida Medical Space
Game Changers  
 Volume III, Issue 7 | Feb 14, 2014  

  South Florida Healthcare Professionals on the Move:   


 Promotions, Engagements, Appointments & Accolades

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

Calendar of Current Events

SFHEF presents...

Healthcare Networking

Thurs., Feb. 20 | 6-8 pm

Soyka | Miami

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MWE presents...


2014 ASC Symposium


Fri., February 21


Fontainebleau | Miami Beach


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ACO Expo presents...

Southeast Accountable Care Expo


Th., Feb. 27 | 9 am-4 pm


Sheraton Suites | Cypress Creek


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SFHNG presents...

Healthcare Networking Breakfast

Th., Feb. 27 | 7:45-9:30 am

Florida Medical Center | Broward

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Healthcare Roundtable Announces 2014 Program
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Limited Resources, Unlimited Hope: Addressing the Dual Diagnosis of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse


Tues., March 4 | 7:30-9:30 am

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Medicare's Accountable Care Organization initiatives achieve savings and high quality care

-Accountable Care Organizations share in savings

On February 3 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released interim financial results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care

Richard Lucibella
Richard Lucibella, MBA

Organizations (ACOs) and Advance Payment ACOs, as well as preliminary evaluation results for the Pioneer ACOs and final results from the Physician Group Practice Demonstration initiatives.


According to these findings, Medicare ACOs that shared in savings under the Shared Savings Program generated shared savings totaling $128 million for the Medicare trust fund.


Boynton Beach-based Accountable Care Options, LLC is one of the ACOs that are eligible to share in savings. "In addition to earning a Quality Score of 100% from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Accountable Care Options, LLC has succeeded in saving the Medicare program 11% in program expenditures on our assigned beneficiaries; that's a savings of more than $1,400 per assigned beneficiary during our first year of operations", stated CEO, Richard Lucibella. "CMS informs us to expect an interim Performance Payment of more than $700 per assigned beneficiary, to be shared with our Primary Care partners in South Florida."


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Baptist Health South Florida and Bethesda Health Sign Agreement to Explore Affiliation    


In a time when hospitals across America are facing unprecedented change, the Boards of Baptist Health South Florida, headquartered in Coral Gables, and Bethesda Health, headquartered in Boynton Beach, have signed a preliminary agreement to begin exploratory discussions about a possible affiliation. The two not-for-profit healthcare organizations have announced that they will engage in discussions to evaluate opportunities for working together in the future.


"While significant challenges are ahead in healthcare, it is essential to explore partnerships that can ensure our organizations remain on the leading edge as providers of quality medical care," said Roger L. Kirk, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bethesda Health. "As not-for-profit hospitals, we share similar missions and a common vision for improving the health of our respective communities that can be significantly strengthened by this potential affiliation."


"We see a very positive cultural fit between our two organizations, which is the foundation for any partnership," said Brian E. Keeley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health South Florida. "This possible affiliation would give us the opportunity to jointly develop and share best practices in order to continue improving quality and access to care for our patients. It will also allow us to better prepare for healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act."



The Heart Center of Excellence at Broward Health Medical Center Offers New Implantable Defibrillator for Patients at Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest  


The Heart Center of Excellence at Broward Health Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in South Florida to offer the Boston Scientific S-ICD� System, the world's first and only commercially-available subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD) for the treatment of patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).  


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