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Employer Liability vs. Workers’ Comp: Know The Difference? Print E-mail
Written by Tom Murphy | Danna-Gracey   
Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:05

Confusion can reign when it involves employers trying to determine if something falls under their workers’ compensation coverage or their employer liability coverage. The fact is, many employers/medical practices do not even carry employer liability insurance, otherwise known as EPLI. In Florida, any non-construction employer with four (4) or more employees is required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance. There is no requirement for employers to carry EPLI.

Employer liability insurance is becoming ever more important for all businesses, since we have been seeing a rapid increase in complaints and claims in the world of medical practices in the past two years and with the recently formed #MeToo movement. This, combined with the rise of social media, has created the perfect storm for the increase in employer liability claims. The most prevalent claims currently being experienced are employer retaliation, sexual harassment, and discrimination.

The aforementioned issues and many others fall under employer liability and could be serious enough to lead to an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint or a lawsuit, or both. In 2017, almost 6,700 sexual harassment complaints resulted in a recovery of almost $46 million from employers to the EEOC, an increase of almost 15% from 2016, and the numbers keep growing. This does not include personal claims and lawsuits, which cost employers far more in defense and payments.

Conventional wisdom has always taught us that politics, religion, and sex are topics we should refrain from discussing at work. Given the current political atmosphere in this country, as well as other hot-button issues and the explosion of social media, employers should be mindful of these issues and would be well-advised to implement policies to prevent or reduce these problems. It may be time to update the employee handbook.

Workers’ compensation is fairly simple and straightforward, with the exception of allowing attorneys into the system that was set up to be “no-fault” and designed to compensate employees regardless of fault involving an injury on the job. Workers’ compensation pays for all reasonable medical bills, as well as lost time, with the goal of returning the injured employee back to work at the earliest opportunity.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:12
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Print E-mail
Written by JAMA   
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:26
Being physically active is one of the most important actions individuals of all ages can engage in to improve their health. In the United States, an estimated $117 billion in annual health care costs and about 10% of premature mortality are associated with inadequate physical activity (not meeting the existing aerobic physical activity guideline). The evidence reviewed by the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee for the newly released Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition (PAG) is clear-physical activity fosters normal growth and development and can make people feel better, function better, sleep better, and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:27
When Western Medicine Fails Patients and Clinicians Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 05 November 2018 15:16
Kimberly Rogers, MD writes about the failings of western medicine in a Nov. 3, 2018 KevinMD post. She asserts that:
We physicians are being a broken fee-for-service healthcare system that squeezes us with 10-15 minute visits, which does not allow us the necessary time to have...crucial conversations with our patients and does not reimburse appropriately for...preventive service. We're being failed by a system that forces us to choose the fastest option to treat a problem - the prescription pad.
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Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2018 15:19
Amgen Cuts Repatha's Price 60% as Scrutiny of Drug Costs Heats Up Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:03
Patrice Wendling reports for Medscape on October 24, 2018:
Amgen announced today it is lowering the cost of its cholesterol-lowering drug, evolocumab ( Repatha), by roughly 60%. The move was designed to increase demand by lowering out-of-pocket costs, especially for Medicare patients, who currently pay between $280 and $370 a month in out-of-pocket costs, but will now pay $25 to $150 a month, Amgen officials said in a telephone press briefing.
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Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2018 11:11
Special Care Unit Wins South Florida HIMSS Innovation Award for BlueBeak Technology Created by Centric Consulting Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Saturday, 27 October 2018 06:49
Ft. Lauderdale based Special Care Providers was recently awarded the South Florida HIMSS Innovation Award for implementing Centric Consulting’s BlueBeak technology, which has significantly enhanced the level of care patients receive within their Special Care Unit (SCU). The South Florida HIMSS Chapter honored Special Care Providers with the award at the 2018 IntegraTe conference on October 2, 2018. The award recognizes providers for healthcare technology innovation in South Florida, taking into consideration the direct correlation between an organization’s IT initiative and accomplishment or a documented organizational objective.

Special Care Providers partnered with Centric Consulting, which developed BlueBeak, to improve their “high-touch” multi-disciplinary model of care by using beacon technology to monitor staff interaction with patients, encouraging and rewarding staff for quality patient care. The innovative technology offers real-time monitoring and visualization of patient care and creates the statistical foundation for future improvements. Each SCU staff member is issued a specialized badge and each patient bed is equipped with a beacon reader. BlueBeak uses Bluetooth to communicate between the badge and beacon reader, providing instant feedback on patients in need of service. The data collected is imported into an intuitive, custom dashboard that provides feedback and statistical data for future care initiatives.

BlueBeak’s beacon technology has improved SCU patient outcomes, reduced costs and improved services provided. Early results show ventilator weaning rates exceeding 80 percent (much higher than the national average), decannulation rates have exceeded 63 percent, and there has been a nearly 400% increase in subsequent discharges home. In addition, readmission rates have reduced to nearly 6 percent, compared to an average of 30 to 60 percent at other hospitals.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 October 2018 15:12
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