Florida Medical Space
 Game Changers  
    Volume IV, Issue 38 | September 18, 2015 
South Florida Healthcare Professionals on the Move:  
Promotions, Achievements, Engagements & Accolades
From the publisher of FHIweekly,  Specialty Focus & FloridaHealthIndustry.com

Current Events  

The Florida Health Law Center & FHIcommunications present
Women in Medicine:
Healers & Leaders
2nd annual event     

Tuesday, September 29 th 
7:30-9:30 am
Five Star Premier Residences of Hollywood

Proceeds to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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WHEN presents

Go Lean
: Increasing Value to Patients by Minimizing Waste
Wed., Sept. 30 | 5:30-8 pm
Baptist Hospital | Miami

PBCMS presents
Health Care Connection Series: ICD-10
Wed., Oct. 14 | 11:30 am - 1 pm
West Palm Beach Marriott

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MHS to Train More Docs

Donna Gehrke-White | Sun Sentinel
Memorial Healthcare System just got approval to train doctors once they graduate from medical school as local hospitals ramp up their efforts to avoid a projected statewide physician shortage.
The six-hospital Memorial received the green light from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to train newly graduated doctors. Before, Hollywood-based Memorial had been part of other hospitals' residency programs, including those overseen by Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach or Cleveland Clinic in Weston.
Now Memorial, one of the largest public health care systems in the nation, will apply to initially focus on training doctors in three needed specialties: pediatrics, internal medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. By next year, Memorial should be accepting applications for the first class of residency students who would start in 2017, according to Dr. Stanley Marks, Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer of the Memorial Healthcare System.


 AvMed Rebids 
Nina Lincoff | SFBJ
Miami-based AvMed and other health plans, including Connecticut-based Cigna and Aetna, are currently bidding to win Miami-Dade County's carrier contract to provide health insurance for county employees.
Municipal contracts are valuable for any health plan, and as the smaller, local carrier, AvMed is hoping that its reputation and longstanding relationship with the county, in addition to a variety of health programs, will result in a win for the company.
AvMed has been a carrier for the county since 1979, and has remained competitive in its contract ever since by keeping pricing in line with the overall market. But AvMed's secret weapon is not-so-secret: it's the locally-based plan.

"Right now we're involved in a bid for Miami-Dade County's carrier contract. The other companies flew in people from around the country. We took the Metro," said AvMed Spokesman Corey Miller.
Boca Regional Introduces Ultra-Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation Patients
Boca Raton Regional Hospital's Richard G. Cartledge, MD, FACS, has begun performing ultra-minimally invasive left atrial appendage ligation for atrial fibrillation patients who are on anticoagulants such as Coumadin, Xarelto or Effient. Dr. Cartledge, who is Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Hospital, is one of a select group of surgeons nationally using this method, which involves making two microscopic incisions in order to seal off the left atrial appendage (LAA) in patients where anticoagulants are contraindicated or who refuse to be on such medications.
Patients with atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, have a five times greater risk of suffering a stroke than people who don't have the condition, according to the Framingham Heart Study, which followed over 5,000 patients for more than 30 years. The risk is associated with the failure of the left atrium to fully evacuate blood from itself as a result of this type of arrhythmia. The blood then pools in the LAA, which is a small outpouching within the left atrium containing irregular interior surfaces called trabeculations. In patients with atrial fibrillation, clots can form in these areas and can "flick off," resulting in stroke or other serious problems.