Specialty Focus   
Volume VII | Issue 28                                                                                
July 10, 2018   
        Practice specific news, analysis and commentary
      for Florida's Medical Specialists
                            From the publisher of FHIweekly & FloridaHealthIndustry.com

Study: Hospitals may not be 'gobbling up' physician practices
Paige Minemyer | Fierce Healthcare

A new study challenges the idea that hospitals are "gobbling up" physician practices. While many hospitals are acquiring physician practices, it's rarely en masse, according to a study published this week in Health Affairs. On average, hospitals acquired only one or two practices between 2007 and 2017, the study said. Acquisition rates varied widely between specialties: More than 51% of oncology practices that were independent in 2007 had been purchased by a hospital or health system by 2017 compared to just under 10% of ophthalmology practices.
The opioid crisis has a solution -- Here it is 
Dr. Marc Siegel | Fox News 
I recently attended a symposium examining how medical schools can prepare future doctors to deal with the continuing opioid crisis. I joined over 90 educators from 30 medical schools at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University to discuss devising a curriculum based on a successful model that Brown has created.
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Thai cave rescuers lead all 12 boys, coach to safety
John Geddie and Panu Wongcha-um report for Reuters on 7.10.18 that all 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flooded Thai cave have been rescued. The "Wild Boars" soccer
team, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach became trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice and a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels. Four were brought out Sunday and four more were rescued Monday. The remaining boys and coach emerged from the cave today. Although apparently in reasonably good health, all will be quarantined because of the risk of infection and likely be kept in the hospital for a week for tests. Celebrations will be tinged with sadness over the loss of a former Thai navy diver who died on Friday while on a re-supply mission inside the cave.
Insurance Companies Protect Patients or Profits? 
MD Whistleblower

A patient came to see me with lower abdominal pain. Was she interested in my medical opinion? Not really. She was advised to see me by her gynecologist who had advised that the patient undergo a hysterectomy. Was Whistle this physician seeking my medical advice? Not really.   Was this patient coming to see me as her day was boring and she was bored and needed an activity? Not really. After the visit with me, was the patient planning to return for further discussion of her medical status? Not really.

So, what was going on here? What had occurred that day was the result of an insurance company practice that I had thought had been properly interred years ago.