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Weekly Blogs

Another Falsified EHR Vendor Identified

February 15, 2019

Greenway Health, A Tampa-based electronic health record (EHR) company has falsely obtained EHR certification and incentivized clients in exchange for promoting or recommending its products to prospective new customers, and because of this act, the company will be dishing out…


The “War on Opioids” Needs to End

February 8, 2019

“With the first cut of the scalpel, excruciating pain exploded in my foot, and I was shocked speechless. I froze, paralyzed, terrified that any movement would jostle that knife digging into my flesh.” Angelika Byczkowski, a patient suffering from Ehlers-Danlos…


Big Hospitals Sue HHS

February 1, 2019

Hospitals are beginning to follow in the footsteps of the American Hospital Association and are suing the Trump Administration for its decision to institute site-neutral payments. The change, which is part of the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory…


Walgreens Becoming the New Leader in the Consumer Health Market

January 25, 2019

Walgreens and Microsoft are teaming up to become the most efficient consumer health market available. The two powerhouse companies are going to bring new technology and retail innovations to alter the healthcare delivery space. This multi-year agreement is being aimed…


The Improvement of AI’s Application in Healthcare

January 18, 2019

Artificial intelligence beat out a professional looking for precancerous changes in the cervix. The National Cancer Institute designed the AI’s algorithm for low-resource areas. The machine was given around 60,000 images from a study done in the 1990s in Costa…


Government Shutdown & Healthcare

January 11, 2019

The government shutdown between President Trump’s administration and congressional Democrats regarding funding of the “border wall” leaves many with questions regarding its immediate impact on changing current healthcare systems. While the ongoing partial government shutdown leaves the majority of the…


Social Determinants of Health Influence in 2018

January 4, 2019

Social determinants of health (SDOH) started becoming more mainstream of a concern for the greater healthcare system in 2018. An individual’s socioeconomic status can put their health at risk. Locally, this has become even more apparent since Hurricane Michael hit…


Surprise, Unexpected Medical Bills!

December 21, 2018

  The recent legal changes increased national attention to financial difficulties arising from patients receiving surprise, unexpected medical bills has led to a group of insurance, business and consumer groups announcing they have joined forces in an attempt to create…


ECMA Cares About Preventing Doctor Suicide

December 14, 2018

  Time and time again, people fail to address the scale of suicide and mental illness in the medical profession. Emerald Coast Medical Association wants to change that. By becoming a member of Emerald Coast Medical Association, you will always…


FDA Moves Forward With New Technology

December 7, 2018

  Recently the Food and Drug Administration has been planning to make changes to its medical device clearance process. These changes they are planning on implementing would mean they would rely far less on older predicate devices so that they…


Should Doctors “Stay in Their Lane..”?

November 30, 2018

  A recent uproar in the media was the National Rifle Association telling doctors in a tweet to “stay in their lane” when addressing the issue of gun violence. As you know, doctors see the aftermath of gun violence; you…


Three Ways to Apply Cost Control to Your Office

November 23, 2018

According to the Advisory Boards Annual Healthcare CEO Survey, cost control is now the healthcare system CEOs’ number one priority. This survey was nationwide and took place between December 2017 to March 2018. Of the 33 concerns outlined in the…