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              Game Changers  
  Volume II   Issue 4                    
                                 January 25, 2013    


                 South Florida Healthcare Professionals on the Move:   

                           Promotions, Engagements, Appointments & Accolades

                                                          From the publisher of FHIweekly,  Specialty Focus & FloridaHealthIndustry.com
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Broad and Cassel Attorneys Pen Chapter in National Health Law Book

Broad and Cassel Partner Mike Segal, head of the statewide law firm's Health Law Practice Group and frequent speaker on ACOs and clinical integration, has written a chapter, along with three colleagues, for the 2013 Health Law and Compliance Update. Broad and Cassel health law attorneys, Heather S. Miller, Stephen H. Siegel and Fred Segal collaborated on the chapter for the book with Mike Segal, which was published recently by Aspen Publishers.


In a press release of January 14 (published in the Jan 18 issue of Game Changers) we inadvertently identified Ms. Teresa Zayas of the CMS Atlanta Regional Office as Cecelia Franco, Director of the Miami Field Office.

Both Ms. Zayas and Ms. Franco were scheduled to accompany Deputy Administrator, Jonathan Blum, to our offices. Ms. Franco was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Apologies to Ms. Zayas and to you for the error.

Richard. J. Lucibella, CEO 
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 Simply Healthcare Plans Names Lourdes Tome-Rivas as Chief Executive Officer 

Lourdes Tome-Rivas
Lourdes Tome-Rivas

Simply Healthcare Plans, Inc.,

an MBF Healthcare Partners portfolio company, announced recently that healthcare executive Lourdes Tome-Rivas has been named Chief Executive Officer. She was previously the company's Chief Operating Officer.  


As COO, Lourdes oversaw Simply's successful statewide expansion and the launch of several healthcare products while opening up new markets in dozens of counties in Florida. Marcio C. Cabrera, Managing Director of MBF Healthcare Partners, who served as Simply's interim CEO, stated "We look forward to Lourdes continued leadership and vision as Simply enters its next critical growth phase and takes advantage of healthcare reform opportunities currently underway."    


With $275 million in annual revenue and 400 employees statewide, Simply is the largest minority owned healthcare plan in Florida and the southeastern U.S.The company is based in Coral Gables.

Source: Becker PR

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Phillip Frost, MD
Phillip Frost, MD

Another week, another high point for Opko Health stock.

After opening at $6.05 on Tuesday, shares of the Miami-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology company (NYSE: OPK) raced to a 52-week high of $6.25 shortly after noon. It topped that a few hours later when it hit $6.35. Opko stock ultimately closed at $6.34, giving it a 4.8 percent gain on the day.


Its 52-week low was $4 on Aug. 2.


Opko recently announced the acquisition of a Canadian drug company for $100 million.


Opko Health is led by Phillip Frost, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.


Source: SFBJ 
Jupiter Medical Center Ranked Among Top 5% of Hospitals in Nation
John Couris
John Couris

Jupiter Medical Center (JMC) is ranked among the top five percent of hospitals of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. JMC just received the 2013  Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.


"Clinical excellence is something the entire team strives for every day," said John D. Couris, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jupiter Medical Center. "This designation from Healthgrades is a testament to our commitment to quality. Our community can be confident that it will receive world-class care at Jupiter Medical Center."  


Only 262 hospitals in the nation were recognized for their overall clinical care across a broad spectrum of care. While many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and high-quality outcomes in certain areas, these hospitals exhibit comprehensive high quality care across multiple clinical specialties. From 2009 through 2011, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as a group had an overall 30.9 percent lower risk adjusted mortality rate as compared to other hospitals that did not achieve the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award (across 18 common inpatient conditions and procedures).


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