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Pain Management – Making a case for PEMF Print E-mail
Written by Tim Woodcock   
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 06:41
There are many approaches to manage pain including but not limited to physical approaches, psychological approaches and medications. The typical pain management team includes medical practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, psychologists, therapists and nurses. Pain sometimes is resolved once the underlying trauma has healed and is treated with drugs. Both acute and chronic pain usually require the coordinated efforts of a management team for a long duration. Today with the blend of Eastern and Western medicine and holistic medicine, there are many other approaches to treating pain whether it be short-term or long-term chronic pain.

One approach to managing pain is known as Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF or PEMFT) which is simply pulse magnetic waves similar to the magnetic waves that surround the earth and all of us every day. Science has shown us that all energy is electromagnetic in nature. All cells produce electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Every organ in the body produces its own bioelectromagnetic field and all 70 trillion cells in the body communicate with electromagnetic frequencies. PEMF treats those cells and helps to reduce pain, inflammation and the effects of stress on the body. PEMF treatments can improve energy, circulation, oxygenation, sleep quality and many other bodily functions. PEMF devices have been approved by the FDA and most are considered safe and non-invasive by various standards and organizations. Therapeutic PEMFs are designed to positively support cellular energy helping cellular health and function. 

PEMF devices vary by waveform, strength, and types of applicators. No one type of treatment fits all situations. Most PEMF devices will help to varying degrees depending on the problem and condition.  Selecting the wrong device may produce unsatisfactory results. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy was approved by the FDA in 1979 specifically for the healing of nonunion fractures, which came after a Columbia University study that was supported by NASA and has recently gained attention in the U.S (even appearing as a segment on the Dr. Oz Show). The value of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy has been shown to cover a wide range of conditions, with well documented trials carried out by hospitals, rheumatologists, physiotherapists and neurologists.

The application of pulsed magnetic fields has, through research findings, been shown to help the body to restore normal potentials at an accelerated rate, thus aiding the healing of most wounds, regenerating tissue and reducing swelling and pain faster. Clinical experience has shown that pulsed electromagnetic field therapy may be used for a number of conditions and issues, and that the benefits include:
  • Reduction of pain and inflammation
  • Improve energy/circulation, blood/tissue oxygenation
  • Regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as the uptake of nutrients
  • Increase cellular detoxification and the ability to regenerate cells
  • Accelerates repair of bone and soft tissue / relaxes muscles
In subsequent articles I will attempt to describe PEMF and how it works. We will also show the results of many years of trials and studies.
Tim Woodcock is an executive at Quantum Cellular Therapies, LLC. He can be reached at or 954-551-1809. Learn more at

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 07:30
2019 SFHEF Healthcare Leader Development Case Competition: Another Successful Year! Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00
The Dania Beach based South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF), a local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE),  recently announced the 2019 SFHEF Healthcare Leader Development Case Competition participants and winners. 

The awards ceremony was held on April 18, 2019 at Memorial Regional Hospital- Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) in Hollywood. In the undergraduate division, the first, second and third place winners and first runner-up placement are Florida International University Healthcare MBA program; Florida Atlantic University Health Administration program; Barry University Health Services Administration & Public Health program; and in its inaugural year, University of Miami Health Management and Policy program, respectively.  In the graduate division, first, second and third place winners are the University of Miami Health Management and Policy program, in its inaugural year; Keiser University Health Service Administration program; and Florida Atlantic University, Health Administration program, respectively. The ceremony was part of SFHEF's monthly educational program.  The educational event, titled “Mapping Your Career,” offered a great complement to the theme of healthcare professional and leadership development, reflected by participation in the case competition.

The case competition took place at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale on Friday, April 12, 2019. This year featured 7 teams with a total of about 29 students from the undergraduate and graduate health management and administration programs in 5 local South Florida universities and facilitated by the support from their respective program advisors. These universities are members of the ACHE Higher Education Network (HEN). The teams were awarded both monetary and non-monetary prizes.

“It is amazing to witness the growth of the case competition events over the years, and more important, the impact that they have on the professional development of participating students who will become our future healthcare leaders," stated Oyinkansola “Bukky” Ogunrinde, the SFHEF Board of Directors 2019 Student Services Chair. "I am grateful for the unwavering support of the 2019 SFHEF Board of Directors especially our president, Charles Felix, for his commitment to making the case competition a great success,” she added.

The case competition allows students to work together in teams over the course of 3 months on a specified case study.  It is held every spring and has been held every year since 2002. The topic changes each year to reflect the latest issues and challenges confronting the healthcare industry. This year, the focus was on Aetna and the transformation of healthcare.  The students were charged with developing substantive and effective recommendations to the important considerations given the foreseeable acquisition of the organization by CVS. The students rose to the challenge as evidenced by the high performance in their presentations on the day of the case competition. The student teams are partnered with liaisons and mentors who are executives from various healthcare organizations - a distinguishing format of the program which was designated a best practice by both ACHE and the Association of University Public Health Administration (AUPHA). There were 7 liaisons, 4 mentors, a panel of 3 subject matter judges, and a committee of about 7 people that made the case competition a success.

“We look forward to the 18th annual case competition and appreciate the support from the community of healthcare organizations and leaders through active membership participation in SFHEF, and by way of specific support of the SFHEF Foundation,” Charles Felix, the 2019 SFHEF president, said. "The foundation was established for the purpose of continuing to develop the healthcare leaders of tomorrow through educational events and programs like the SFHEF Healthcare Leader Development Case Competition," he added.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 10:38
Patient satisfaction doubles when docs address bad reviews Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 15 April 2019 16:44
Tony Abraham reports for Healthcare Dive on 4/12/19:
Patientpop surveyed 839 patients on their experiences with online reviews. Patients like when their doctors respond directly to the bad reviews they post online, nearly doubling patient satisfaction rates and dropping the rate of dissatisfaction by as much as 59%, according to a survey from the practice management software company. Google was the most popular website for posting reviews among those surveyed, followed by the practice's site, Yelp and Facebook.
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Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2019 16:51
Study: Medicaid Expansion Linked to Cardiovascular Health Improvement Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 08 April 2019 11:18
EurekAlert! reports on 4/5/19:
Counties in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act had fewer deaths annually from heart disease compared to areas that did not expand Medicaid, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2019.
Read more in this week's issue of Week Review>>
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2019 11:24
Changes to Nursing Home Star Ratings Are Here Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 16:44
Beginning this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is changing its star ratings on Nursing Home Compare and its Five-Star Quality Rating System, which allows consumers to compare quality between nursing homes. CMS says the updates "reflect more transparent and meaningful information about the quality of care that each nursing home is giving its residents." The changes, which are expected to go into effect by mid-April, include revisions to the inspection process, enhancement of new staffing information and implementation of new quality measures. As part of those changes, CMS will lift the freeze it imposed on health inspection ratings it put into place in February 2018.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2019 16:49
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