April 24, 2014

Health Care Trends - Around Florida

Health Care Highlights

» AIDS Aid

The University of Miami has partnered with Magic Johnson Enterprises and Clear Health Alliance, a managed care Medicaid specialty plan for HIV/AIDS, to reach the growing HIV/AIDS population in south Florida with services. Miami ranks first nationally in new AIDS cases per capita and Broward ranks second. UM Miller School of Medicine doctors created a team to provide managed care to Medicaid AIDS patients. Clear Health, offered by Coral Gables-based Simply Healthcare Plans, a managed care company, says it eventually will expand to other Florida cities and nationally.

 

» Post-Stroke

Riviera Health Resort in Coral Gables got its start at the site of an early Miami-Dade nursing home, built in 1952, that served as the location for the Cocoon movie sequel. That 50-bed nursing home was torn down several years ago, and developer Richard E. Stacey Sr. spent $40 million to build a new, for-profit 223-bed facility for short- and long-term care, particularly for post-stroke patients and those who have had hip or knee replacements. A floor is set aside for international medical tourists.

 

» Help Wanted

Three-quarters of Florida hospitals report difficulty filling the following positions:

Position Vacancy Rate
Occupational Therapist 10.4%
Radiology Therapist 9.8
Pharmacy Technician 7.7
Speech Pathologist 7.2
Physical Therapist 6.3
Pharmacist 6.2
Certified Surgical Technician 6.0
Medical Transcriptionist 5.4
Medical Records Coder 5.2
Medical Technologist 4.6
Ultrasound Technologist 4.4
Nuclear Medicine Technologist 4.4
Cardiovascular Technician 3.7
Medical Laboratory Technician 3.5
Respiratory Therapist 3.3
Radiologic Technologist 3.3
Computer Tomography Technician 2.5
Mammography Technician 2.2
MRI Technician 1.7
Source: Florida Hospital Association

 

» Senior Well-Being

A goal of senior care is to move beyond simply providing drugs and treatment of immediate illness toward prevention and well-being. At the two Healthy Living Centers opened this year by Leon Medical Centers, a for-profit Medicare HMO in Miami, for instance, seniors take yoga, Pilates, stretching and Latin dance and have access to a gym where patients can track their work on individual machines on a thumb drive. The centers, two more of which are opening this year, also provide Skype, computer classes and social media, all offered to keep age from equaling marginalization.

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