This page will bring you news and notes from the business world of Pediatric Therapies.  Please check for frequent updates.
  • 18 Oct 2012 8:24 PM | Anonymous
    Baptist Health South Florida reports it’s making good progress in its efforts to subsidize doctors in its area to convert to electronic health records so that Baptist hospitals and the doctors can easily share data about patients.

    Baptist spokeswoman Roymi Membiela said the system is contributing 85 percent of the doctors’ costs -- the maximum allowed for electronic records under an exception to the Stark Law, the federal anti-kickback statute intended to stop hospitals from paying doctors to get patients to its facilities. That exception expires Dec. 31, 2013, Membiela said.

    Membiela said five companies are providing the software for the electronic records, including IOS Health Systems, based in Kendall. The latest software company to contract with Baptist is CareCloud, also based in Miami.

    CareCloud also recently announced it has contracted with Miami Children’s Hospital to provide billing and collections software to 200 doctors in the hospital’s network.

    -- John Dorschner, The Miami Herald
  • 15 Oct 2012 12:51 PM | Anonymous
    Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy

    Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time

    Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (Tickets)

    Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

    Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney

    Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

    The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

    TV Channels – Each debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC among others.

    Live Stream – Each debate will be streamed live online. Check back here for the live stream.
  • 15 Oct 2012 10:23 AM | Anonymous
    Sometimes a picture can be worth a thousand followers too.

    That’s what happened to Henry Frost after he posted a photo to Facebook.

    The photo shows 13-year-old Frost sitting on the steps outside a downtown Tampa building with his service dog Denzel. Not shown are the thousands of Republicans who had gathered nearby for the week-long Republican National Convention.

    Frost holds a sign. It reads:

    “The Civil Rights Act of 1964 granted equal rights to all people. I am a person. I want these rights.”

    Frost has autism and a list of related physical problems which have so far eluded a tidy diagnosis. He communicates using an iPad app that speaks what he types.

    The right Frost is seeking is the ability to attend Wilson Middle School in his South Tampa neighborhood. The Hillsborough County school district has told Frost they believe he is better off at a specialized program at Coleman Middle School, his family says. Please click here for the entire story on State Impact.

  • 10 Oct 2012 9:25 AM | Anonymous
    Therapists have always had a duty to report suspected abuse, but since Florida has passed what has been called the "nation's toughest child abuse reporting law," now is a good time to review your policies and procedures regarding child abuse.

    According to an article found in the Orlando Sentinel, the new law increases requirements to report suspected by universities and individual, including abuse not only by caretakers and parents but by other parties as well. The failure to report is now considered a felony and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is under instruction to make the reporting process easier and more user friendly.

    The Orlando Sentinel provides a very high level summary, for the complete summary and bill, click here to go to the Florida Senate bill summary.
  • 09 Oct 2012 3:15 PM | Anonymous
    Speaker-designate Weatherford has announced his intention toSpeaker-designate Weatherford appoint Representative Seth McKeel as the Appropriations Chairman during his term. Read a copy of the memo below:

    To: Members of the Florida House of Representatives
    From: Will Weatherford, Speaker-designate
    Date: October 9, 2012
    Re: Appropriations Chairman

    It is hard to believe that it has been more than six months since the gavel fell and we gathered in the rotunda to mark Sine Die. I am grateful to Speaker Cannon for the way he and his staff have allowed my team to conduct the transition process. I understand and support the concept of "one Speaker at a time;" therefore, the ability to prepare and plan during the interim is appreciated.
    Rep Seth McKeel
    In order to keep you as informed as possible, I write today to announce my intention to appoint Representative Seth McKeel as the Appropriations Chairman during my term as the Speaker. Seth's expertise and background as a small business owner, a former Lakeland City Commissioner and the previous Chairman of the House State Affairs Committee will prove to be invaluable as we manage our state's future budget priorities. Representative McKeel has demonstrated a commitment to putting the priorities of our state over his own interests and will serve the House well as we develop an appropriations plan in the coming months.

    We have a great task before us. The constitutional responsibility to pass a balanced budget and the public duty to fund the basic needs of our state will take every ounce of thoughtful, principled, and serious effort. Seth McKeel will be a great leader by example for the next two years.

    I look forward to sharing further insight at the appropriate times in the weeks ahead.
  • 08 Oct 2012 8:46 AM | Anonymous
    According to an AP Press article, the pilot program in south Florida is continuing to receive a lot of interest from the Republican led Legislature as a way to privatize healthcare despite the fact that it's shown little or no savings. 

    Florida has continued to turn away Federal dollars for healthcare and is focusing on saving money through other means, leaving thousands of actual and potential Medicaid recipients in limbo. Chances are this won't change until after the election. 

    Click here for the complete article.
  • 05 Oct 2012 3:20 PM | Anonymous
    It appears the GOP has been busy during recess. The House Republican leaders suggested  that HHS should suspend incentive payments to providers in the electronic health-records program and delay penalties to those that do not integrate health IT until the federal department can define clear, interoperable standards.

    As you can imagine, this creates some dialogue regarding definition of standards and how to manage the implementation process. There is also some concern about suspending payment to those providers who have already qualified for payment, so it is unsure how this will impact the EHR implementation process. Click here to read the letter that was submitted to Secretary Sebelius.
  • 05 Oct 2012 12:44 PM | Anonymous
    The Department of Education has issued its annual report highlighting disability rights enforcement issues. At the top of the list was FAPE (fair, appropriate public education) with nearly 4,700 complaints of the 11,700 received relating to this issue. 

    For a brief analysis, you may click on this link to go to the Education Week article.

  • 02 Oct 2012 11:27 AM | Anonymous
    In preparation for the debate 10/3/12, it will help to familiarize yourself with each party's health care plan. Taken from the Commonwealth Fund website, here is a graph that compares the two regarding impact on the uninsured. For the complete article, click here.

  • 01 Oct 2012 3:26 PM | Anonymous
    The Miami Herald has published an in-depth article regarding the pilot program in south Florida. While it is showing a significant cost saving for the state, it appears the jury is still out as to whether this is the result of greater efficiency or reduced care.

    Can Florida’s Medicaid reform plan be the model for the nation?


    Quietly, over the past six years, an experiment in providing healthcare for the poor has been playing out in Broward and four other counties around the state. Its basic goal is to relieve the financial pressures of Medicaid on Florida’s taxpayers by turning over poor and disabled patients to private companies, a move lawmakers believe will cut costs.

    Conservatives love the Medicaid reform program, pointing to an in-depth University of Florida study indicating that the experiment has lowered costs while not raising consumer complaints. The Legislature has already approved a slightly modified model of the reform to go statewide. At least one national think tank believes it should be a model for the entire country.

    Click here for the complete article.

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