Game Changers  
    Volume VI, Issue 25 | June 23, 2017   
South Florida Healthcare Professionals on the Move:  
Promotions, Achievements, Engagements & Accolades
Current Events
SFMGMA presents

Optimizing Medical Practices in Today's Healthcare Environment

Wed., June 28 | 5:30 pm

Coral Gables
Register/Learn More
Health Choice Network presents

23rd Annual Educational Conference

June 30-July 2

Boca Raton, FL

SFHEF presents

Summer Networker
Th., July 29 | 5:30 pm

Prohibition | Midtown Miami

APCC Hosts Annual Charity Golf Tourney
West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale, FL - Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants hosted its 6th annual charity pro-am golf tournament on June 4, 2017 at the Falls Club of the Palm Beaches with the Sunbelt Senior Professional Golf Tour to raise funds and awareness to combat chronic pain throughout the world. More than $30,000 was raised to support the World Institute of Pain's efforts to train physicians in underdeveloped countries in advanced interventional pain management techniques.

Ken Green plays at Anesthesia Pain Care's Annual Charity Event
Ken Green plays at Anesthesia Pain Care's Annual Charity Event
Publisher of :
Week in Review,
Specialty Focus,
Updates in Pediatrics,  
FHIweekly & Game Changers
Creator of: 
The Healthcare Roundtable Series





Compliance Update

  FHI logo cropped small version  

Healthcare Headlines 


Last  Word


Medicare Dispatch


Do You Know a Healthcare Game Changer?
Combating HIV/AIDS Across South Florida,  Campbell Foundation Awards Grants to UM, FIU and Broward Health
Education, prevention and cure research. These are the cornerstones of The Campbell Foundation's mission to eradicate HIV and AIDS in our lifetime.

Because South Florida is the epicenter for new HIV cases, the Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit is providing $25,000 grants to scientists at the University of Miami, Florida International University and Broward Health, who are focused on these critical research areas.

"These fast-track grants to South Florida-based researchers show our Board of Directors' ongoing commitment to addressing HIV/AIDS right here in our own backyard," said Campbell Foundation Trustee Bill Venuti. "While many of our research funding goes outside of Florida, there are labs right here conducting research projects that may have a deep, lasting impact on reducing HIV, not only in South Florida, the epicenter for new HIV infections, but around the world."
Modernizing Medicine Announces Agreement with CoverMyMeds for Electronic Prior Authorization
CoverMyMeds, a leader in electronic prior authorization (ePA) solutions, and Boca Raton based Modernizing Medicine, a specialty-specific health IT leader, recently announced an agreement to bring electronic prior authorization (ePA) functionality to the over 7,500 providers using EMA, the award winning electronic health record (EHR) system in Modernizing Medicine's suite of services.

Prior authorization (PA) is the formulary management process of requiring pre-approval for certain prescribed medications that impacts more than 185 million prescriptions each year. Of those, 75 million prescriptions are abandoned, in part due to the burdensome PA process. Historically, PA requests have been completed through paper forms, faxes and phone calls among medical practices, pharmacies and insurance companies. Electronic prior authorization transforms the PA workflow into an electronic process that can minimize prescription abandonment and administrative waste.

Modernizing Medicine is the latest EHR vendor to work with CoverMyMeds for electronic prior authorization and, according to the ePA National Adoption Scorecard, joins 73 percent of EHR and E-Prescribing vendors representing the majority of the market share who are currently committed to implementing ePA.
Onward and Upward
Dr. Leonard Pianko Appointed Chief Medical Officer at Plaza Health Network

Leonard J. Pianko, MD, FACC will be directing physician leadership and strategic initiatives  designed to enhance the quality of patient care across all facilities for the
not-for-profit network of seven rehabilitation, skilled nursing and long term care centers in Miami-Dade .

Tenet hires Palm Beach County hospital CEO away from HCA

Brian Bandell reporting for the SFBJ:

Tenet Healthcare Corp. named Dianne Goldenberg as CEO of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, hiring her away from rival HCA Corp.'s Aventura Hospital & Medical Center. Goldenberg had been CEO of the Aventura hospital since late 2012 and before that was the CEO of Northwest Medical Center. She's been in the health care field for over 35 years.

Orange Care Group's Independent ACOs and IPA Become the First to Collaborate with a Major Health System on a Shared Epic Platform
 Miami | PRnewswire

Orange Care Group LLC's independent Accountable Care Organizations and Independent Physician Association have become the first to collaborate with a major health system to adopt Epic's Healthy Planet through the Connect program. The adoption is made possible through a technology partnership between Orange and <Broward based>  Memorial Healthcare System, and <potentially> will positively impact the health of patients and private practices participating in Orange's various value-based contracts in South Florida, New York and New Jersey.

VITAS Announces New COO

Miami based VITAS Healthcare, the nation's leading provider of end-of-life care, announced the appointment of veteran healthcare leader Joel Wherley as Chief Operating Officer. Reporting to VITAS Chief Executive Officer Nick Westfall, Joel oversees operations of the company's 44 hospice programs in 14 states, which care for more than 16,300 hospice patients and their families on a daily basis.