| Current Orlando Medical News|
|Another World First|
Orlando Home to Groundbreaking Research on Cancer Stem Cells
ORLANDO—A fortuitous meeting between Kiminobu Sugaya, PhD, a researcher internationally known for his stem cell work involving Alzheimer’s disease, and Melvin Field, MD, a Florida Hospital neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive brain surgeries, led to a grant that asked the question: What’s the difference between a stem cell in a brain tumor compared to a regular tumor cell?
|Seeing 2010 in New Light|
Local Ophthalmologist Gifts Sight for Uninsured Cataract Patients
ORLANDO—Last year, David B. Auerbach, DO, found himself shaking his head far too often, saddened by the steady supply of stories encapsulating the national economy’s downward spiral.
|Giving Hope a Face|
Shepherd’s Hope Celebrates Milestone, Unveils Campaign
ORLANDO—Fittingly, Shepherd’s Hope celebrated a major milestone around Thanksgiving. The Orlando-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing healthcare for those who cannot afford it topped the 100,000 mark of free medical visits in the community.
|MOST OUTRAGEOUS REJECTED CLAIM: New Year, New Benefits|
ORLANDO—A New Year is upon us and there’s plenty to do in your medical office to ensure reimbursements for services rendered and exceptional customer service.
It’s important to have your staff call and verify everyone’s insurance due to possible policy changes. During that call, it’s essential to note the patient’s deductible as a new calendar year has begun with a fresh deductible that must be met before any insurance policy begins to cover their claims.
MINERVA DEJESUS and AURIANA REYES
|It Starts with Customer Service|
Recently I met with a physician who was experiencing some challenges within her practice. I was not sure initially what the issues were, but they became evident as soon as I walked in. The customer service nightmare was about to begin.
|Is Your Practice Making This Revenue-Busting Mistake?|
This January thousands of patients will step into physician offices fully unaware of their financial responsibility to pay their bill. Increases in deductibles and high deductable health care plans are responsible for the confusion. According to Red Gillen an analyst with the consulting firm Celent, 18 percent of patients with insurance had deductibles of at least $1,000. This year he expects the number to increase significantly. The results: reduced cash flow, more collection headaches and a painful prescription for bad debt write-offs.
|Seminole County Medical Society|
SCMS invites you to attend a continuing medical education (CME) program January 9th featuring “Prevention of Medical Errors” and “Domestic Violence.”
| Marketing/Communications Focus|
|Finding the Link between Obesity, Fatty Acids and Cancer|
Burnham Scientists Study How Obesity Leads to Often-Fatal Disease
ORLANDO—With the obesity epidemic reaching new heights in the United States, scientists at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research at Lake Nona are interested in learning how fatty acids may lead to an optimal environment for cancer cell growth.
| AutoImmune Disorders Focus|
|Marketing a Specialty Practice to Other Docs|
A Practice's "Lifeblood," One Expert Says
"Your most important asset." That's what one healthcare marketing expert called a specialty physician's referral base, and he said way too many specialists are failing to nurture the relationship between their practice and the doctors who send them business.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Raul Castillo, MD|
Oncologist/Hematologist, Florida Hospital Cancer Institute
ORLANDO—When Raul Castillo was a young boy, he and his four siblings would occasionally visit the local power company in Camden, Ark., where their dad, also named Raul, worked as a chemist. He had developed and been recognized for PH management in cooling systems, which prevents salt water from the ocean from penetrating and corroding the power company’s water system.
|Physical Therapy is Effective at Treating Pelvic Floor Disorders|
Pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence (UI) affect up to 37% percent of American women according to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.1 The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research reports that thirteen million people suffer with incontinence.2 Urinary incontinence is a common form of PFD affecting men and women, young and old. Pelvic floor disorders may present as urinary incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency, pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, pain during pregnancy and postpartum. Women may experience urinary incontinence and pelvic pain problems across the lifespan, and men over the age of fifty may have problems with urinary urgency and frequency, and urinary incontinence. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) may develop for a variety of reasons. Common scenarios in women are childbirth, trauma, neurologic disease, abuse or aging. In men, problems are usually related to issues with the prostate.
|Metastatic Brain Tumors|
Cerebral metastases are the most common brain tumors that are clinically encountered, making up just over half of brain tumors. The annual incidence of new cases is over 100,000. Cerebral metastasis is seen in 20-40% of cancer patients. The increasing number of new cases may be a consequence of extended survival of cancer patients due to improvements in the treatment of systemic cancer, as well as detection with enhanced imaging techniques with CT and MRI. These lesions can present as solitary lesions or as multiple lesions disseminated throughout the brain, typically occurring at the grey-white junction. The most common locations from which these lesions metastasize include the lung, breast, kidney, gastrointestinal system, and skin (melanoma). Approximately 10% come from an undetermined source.
DR. RAFAEL ALLENDE
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