The Lake-Sumter Medical Society
is a membership organization comprised of Doctors of Medicine (MD) and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) located within the two-county area. It is our mission to support members through organized medicine; to serve physicians and their patients by establishing and promoting ethical, educational and clinical standards for the medical profession; and to advocate the highest principle of all, the integrity of the patient/physician relationship.
FMA Annual Conference
The FMA Annual Conference will be held next month, at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, welcoming physicians from across the state of Florida. This annual meeting features delegates from each County Medical Society and state Specialty Societies, who discuss, debate, convince and sometimes concede to resolutions submitted by colleagues from across the state. This year's delegates representing Lake & Sumter County physicians, and a part of the Central Florida Caucus, are:
Jason Boardman, MD
Shelley Glover, MD
Wendy Lavezzi, MD
Afzal Choudhry, MD
Pete Marzek, MD
Welcome new members!
At the April meeting of the Board of Governors, the following physicians were voted upon for membership:
Kevin Wandler, MD, Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine & Eating Disorders
Nathan Hanflink, DO, Pain Management and Anesthesiology
Luna Beck, MD, Internal Medicine
Eze Uche, MD, Cardiology
Eleanor Davina, DO, Internal Medicine
Shirley Nagel, MD, Internal Medicine
Ajit Hansalia, MD, Internal Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Care
Tracey Lewis, MD, Opthalmology
Governor signs FMA bill securing CAT Fund exemption
The FMA is pleased to announce that Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that secures a three-year extension of the medical malpractice insurance exemption from assessments levied by the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (CAT Fund). The FMA lobbied aggressively for this legislation, which will save physicians possibly thousands of dollars in additional insurance costs if a large hurricane strikes Florida. The FMA pledges to continue efforts to make the CAT Fund exemption permanent.
Physician Payment Sunshine Act
Under the new Physician Payment Sunshine Act, pharmaceutical and medical device companies must begin tracking information on their interactions with physicians, which they will report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from August 2013 forward. The Act, created by Congress, was designed to ensure transparency in physicians' interactions with the pharmaceutical, biologic and medical device industries as well as group purchasing organizations. To get up to speed on this important issue and learn how the Act affects you, click here to read an overview by American Medical Association President Jeremy Lazarus, M.D.
Physician Leadership Key To National Quality Collaborative
By James Palermo, MD, MSMM, FACS
Physician Consultant, Florida Hospital Association HEN
In April of 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the national Partnership for Patients (PfP) initiative to make healthcare safer and less costly by targeting and reducing the thousands of preventable injuries and complications that occur from healthcare acquired conditions (HAC).
The PfP, under the direction of the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Innovation, then launched a nationwide public-private collaboration called the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), which has brought together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses and patient advocates along with state and federal governments in a shared effort to identify and create innovative solutions designed to reduce patient harm and improve care coordination.
The PfP established two specific goals for the HENs:
* Reduce hospital acquired conditions by 40%, and
* Reduce preventable hospital readmissions by 20% by 2013
James Palermo, MD, has practiced general and vascular surgery for 22 years, was the Chief Quality and Medical Officer for Health First (4-hospital system in Brevard County) for ten years and is now a healthcare quality/safety consultant. He has written extensively on healthcare quality, safety and policy, and is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of a healthcare consumer publication called Space Coast Medicine and Active Living as well as a daily on-line news and information site called SpaceCoastDaily.com.
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HIPAA made easy!
The federal government has recently offered a publication that contains all of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Meaningful Use information in a easy-to-use 45-page guide. Click here to access this guide that links to free sample risk assessments, writing policies and more!
ICD10 - What does the DOCTOR need to know?
Click here for a great article on 5 Things Every Physician Needs to Know about ICD10 Documentation.