If you are a medical professional in the industry today, then you’re here at a time when change is more familiar than constancy. With residents having new health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, ongoing local hospital and clinic mergers, as well as continued preparations for the ICD-10 medical coding / billing conversion (which has now been delayed until at least October 2015), there is never a dull moment in our daily routine.
In the midst of all of the government regulations, politics, new policies and procedures, and new faces, we are all trying to stay focused on the reason why we came to be physicians: To keep the “care” in the word healthcare. It would be easy to fall into the trap of the bureaucracy (or red-tape) of the business, and forget what put us on this path to caring for patients. Dr. Maria Martino, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lakeland OB/GYN and a Polk County Medical Association member, shares her story of the discovery for her passion. Her Medical Memoirs serve as a pleasant reminder for why we ultimately found our calling in the medical field. I encourage you to read her story, as well as the updates in this edition of Central Florida Doctor on all of the happenings in the local industry.
Arvind B. Soni, M.D.
Director of Radiation Oncology
St. Joseph’s Hospital, BayCare Health System
President, Polk County Medical Association