Game Changers  
    Volume VIII, Issue 26 | June 28, 2019    
South Florida Healthcare Professionals on the Move:  
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Dade County Medical Association presents  
2019 Presidential Inauguration and Annual Banquet 
June 29 | 7 pm
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5th Annual Symposium
August 16
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Do You Know a Healthcare Game Changer?
Taking Hospital Transparency to the Next Level
Whether a consumer has insurance or is self-paying for medical services, the most asked question is, "What will my out-of-pocket cost be?" Now, thanks to the evolution of Broward County based Memorial Healthcare System's healthcare price website, the answer is just a few keystrokes away. Memorial's online transparency tool is fully interactive and allows those researching specific procedures to enter individual insurance information and receive a quote in seconds that factors in deductibles, copays, and other policy details. There is also an option to research cost for those who don't have or don't want to use insurance.

"The healthcare industry has taken a quantum leap forward, as we believe it should, in being transparent with consumers regarding pricing, safety, and quality information," Blair Childs, Senior VP of Public Affairs at Premier, a healthcare improvement company that has more than 4,000 hospitals and 165,000 provider organizations as clients. "The next step that must be taken is to ensure that data is easily accessible and understandable, something Memorial Healthcare System has done with their online tools."
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Boca Raton Regional Hospital Receives Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center Certification 
Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) has earned Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) certification from The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). This certification signifies its Marcus Neuroscience Institute (MNI) meets rigorous standards for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a minimally invasive procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke. BRRH was evaluated during an onsite review for compliance with the TSC requirements that were developed with input from experts on comprehensive stroke treatment and stroke program management. BRRH is one of only 13 hospitals in the United States to achieve this level of designation.

"Our expertise in treating stroke through this minimally invasive, catheter-based technique helps improve patient outcomes," said Brian Snelling, MD, Director of Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery and Stroke at MNI. "This capability also significantly adds to the spectrum of advanced stroke-related services offered at the institute."
Arthroscopy? Maybe Greek to You, but Beneficial to Joints
Arthroscopy? It may sound "Greek" to you, but this minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical approach to repair of joints, most notably the bigger joints of the knee and shoulder and also in the smaller joints like hand, wrist, elbow and base of the thumb, is proving safe, effective - and precise, says noted orthopedic surgeon and sports-injury specialist Alejandro Badia MD, based in Doral, FL. Indeed, the term "arthroscopy" has its roots in Greek language, coming from a combination of "artho" or joint and "scope," which means "to view," Dr. Badia says.  
Oftentimes called "keyhole surgery," the technique is usually performed in an outpatient setting and involves passing a tiny tube of lenses and optical fibers through a cut of only about a quarter inch in length. This "tube" - or arthroscope -- gives the surgeon a clear internal view of the joint and allows more precise diagnosis of a problem. Should joint surgery be required, the physician can then use the arthroscope, along with miniature instruments inserted through other tiny incisions, to make the repairs.