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July 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 1

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South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report - WEEKLY PULSE NEWSLETTER THURSDAY JULY 12,  2018

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Combined actions would increase access to durable medical equipment, reduce administrative burden, and encourage development of innovative therapies for beneficiaries on dialysis 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed innovative changes to the payment rules for Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program. The DME proposals in the proposed rule released today aim to increase access to items for patients and simplify Medicare’s DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) to drive competition and increase affordability. The rule also includes ESRD proposals, including a proposal to address new renal dialysis drug and biological costs and foster innovations in treatment by incentivizing new therapies for patients on dialysis and a proposal to reduce facility-related documentation burden.
  
Vladimir Beljanski, Ph.D., clinical research assistant professor, Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD), received a $454,924 grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund a project titled “Modulation of therapeutic cells exosome content by autophagy.”
 
Recent discoveries suggest that the success of therapeutic cells, such as mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), in regenerating damaged tissues can be attributed to secretion of various biomolecules via small vesicles called exosomes.  Exosomes contain molecules such as proteins, DNA, mRNA and microRNA and contribute to tissue repair. This study aims to understand how cellular a self-digestion pathway – called autophagy – affects both quantity and quality of biomolecules stored in exosomes with an aim to make therapeutic cells more efficient.
 
 

A Safe Haven for Newborns, a nonprofit statewide organization, has and will continue to launch a public awareness outdoor and digital media campaign to help eliminate infant abandonment.  Billboards will be placed in various counties throughout Florida with support from the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association.  Also, the campaign  includes awareness outreach thru digital media and Safe Haven decals  placed on all AMR (American Medical Response ambulances) throughout Florida.

Broad and Cassel LLP, which will combine with Nelson Mullins on Aug. 1, today announced Fort Lauderdale Associate Jamie Gelfman has been voted on to the Florida Bar Health Law Section Executive Council.
 
Gelfman currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Health Law Updates for The Florida Bar. In her new role with the Executive Council, she will join approximately 20 other leaders in the field in governing the 1,100-member section as it seeks to help improve and develop the field of health law.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, has been named to Tenet Healthcare’s 2018 Circle of Excellence, in recognition of its clinical and operational performance over the past year.

South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report - WEEKLY UPDATE NEWSLETTER MONDAY JULY 9, 2018

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A team of neurosurgeons and neurologists at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System has successfully treated a Central Florida man with Parkinson’s disease using a new implantable deep brain stimulation device. 
 
The team was the first in South Florida and among the first in the country to implant the Vercise DBS technology — developed by Boston Scientific and recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — adding to UHealth’s options for deep brain stimulation treatment.
 
DBS treats severe hand and body tremors and other symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease by stimulating a targeted region of the brain through implanted leads or thin wires that are connected and powered by a pulse generator implanted in the chest.
 
 

South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report - WEEKLY PULSE NEWSLETTER THURSDAY JULY 5,  2018

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Frank Garcia has been appointed Vice President of Operations for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, responsible for overseeing the Emergency Department, LifeFlight Critical Care Transport Program, as well as the radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services for the 289-bed pediatric specialty hospital. In this role Mr. Garcia oversees nearly 500 staff members within the health system. 

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