Specialty Focus   
Volume VIII | Issue 37                                                                                                 
Sept. 10, 2019   
Practice specific news, analysis and commentary for Florida's Medical Specialists  
                            From the publisher of FHIweekly & FloridaHealthIndustry.com

Imaging test usage is re-accelerating
Susan Kelly reports for Healthcare Dive on Sept. 4:

Usage rates for computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and nuclear medicine imaging have continued to rise in both the United States and Ontario, Canada, despite concerns about overuse that have led to efforts by physician groups to curb the amount of imaging in medicine, according to a large study published Tuesday <Sept. 3> in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers at the University of California Davis, University of California San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente analyzed patterns of imaging use from more than 135 million exams conducted between 2000 and 2016. The findings suggest that neither financial incentives nor the campaign to reduce the use of medical imaging have been completely effective, the study authors said.
Medical Practices & MedSpa Startups: Corporate Considerations
Chase Howard
Florida Healthcare Law Firm

Deciding you want to open your own medspa or start a medical practice is the first and most important step in creating something unique and building a brand. Understanding how to properly "start" that business from a legal perspective, and doing so correctly can be the difference between success and failure. As a physician in a private, solo-practice, or the business owner of a medspa startup, proper strategy is key. Understanding your corporate structure, developing a business plan, and compliance with the laws will help eliminate pesky obstacles that will slow your growth. When working with start-ups the following steps should be given plenty of time and attention.



Clinical trial advance medicine for the future and help patients today
Jacob Thomas, MD
If you've ever used a medication to treat an illness, you have a clinical trial to thank for it. Every standard therapy used in medicine today once started as a clinical trial. And it is commonly understood that today's clinical trials are shaping treatments of the future. Less understood - but just as important - is the fact that clinical trials are helping patients right now. From pancreatic cancer patients whose lives are extended far beyond current expectations, to patients with metastatic cancer who are taking back control of their lives, clinical trials are providing people in our community today with hope, help, and healing. As a physician involved in various clinical trials, I am witnessing a remarkable evolution in medicine. My colleagues and I are using immunotherapy to "re-program" patients' immune systems to fight cancer on their own. We are injecting chemotherapy directly into tumors to shrink cancer while minimizing risk to a patient's healthy tissue. And we are using state-of-the-art genomic testing of tumors to develop more targeted and effective treatments. Already, we are seeing impressive results
Government price-fixing will put healthcare on life support
Commentary by Ron Paul
Real Clear Politics
Congress is back from summer recess and returning to its usual business of forcing socialism onto the American health care system - guided, of course, by truckloads of lobbying cash. This time, so-called progressive groups that support crony capitalism are seizing on the issue of surprise medical billing to push for widespread government rate setting. If they succeed, it would compromise the few remaining market forces keeping U.S. healthcare afloat. Surprise billing became a crisis following the last major government takeover of health care.
Obamacare drove insurance companies to shrink their networks to boost profits, causing patients to receive surprise out-of-pocket charges for care that they assumed was in-network. Since the law's passage, 40% of all U.S. patients have been hit with these surprise bills, which often run in the tens of thousands.
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