Network like a pro, 9 a.m., Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, 330 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood. 954-923-4000.
Financial Forecasting for your Business Plan, 10 a.m., SCORE Learning Center, 500 S. Australian Ave. SCORE Palm Beach workshop. $25. 561-833-1672.
American Association of University Women (AAUW), 12:30 p.m., Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach. Pompano Beach chapter. 312-316-6229
Understanding Racism & Implicit Bias Breakfast Workshop, 7:20 a.m., Keiser University — third floor, 1500 NW 49th St., Fort Lauderdale. Presented by the Human Resource Association of Broward County. bit.ly/2AkjHfp.
Super Bowl LIV Business Connect Official Launch, 8:30 a.m., Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens. Partnership between the National Football League and the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, to provide diverse, qualified and certified South Florida area businesses opportunities to compete for special event-related contracts connected to the Super Bowl in Miami, creating contract opportunities for certified minority, LGBT, woman, veteran -owned businesses. 786-789-2020.
Community Association Ask the Attorneys Seminar, 6:30 p.m., Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac. Presented by Kaye Bender Rembaum. Free. 954-776-1999, ext. 242.
This year, MDLive expects to do 500,000 virtual visits. Patients can sign up directly online for MDLive, or through their health insurer if it offers the service.
MDLive has more than 1,200 board-certified clinicians, some full-time and some contractors, who connect with patients over the phone, app or video chat.
Signing up online for MDLive is free. The cost of a general virtual doctor’s visit without health insurance is $75. A psychiatry consultation is $259 for the initial appointment, and $99 for each followup. For a dermatology consultation, the cost is $69 per consultation.
With health insurance, virtual consultations are often free, or require a copay, Berner said.
There has been industrywide concern about a shortage of doctors, especially in primary care, as many in the baby boomer generation are retiring. But Berner said MDLive’s belief is “there’s not a shortage of doctors, there’s a shortage of using doctors efficiently.”
He said physicians end up spending time on routine health issues such as sore throats, runny noses and pink eye. “Much of that care can be automated,” Berner said.
Ultimately, he said, “Sophie can help doctors see more patients.”
“In the future, Sophie can remind you to take medication. If you step on the electronic scale and you’ve gained a lot of weight and you’re a congestive heart failure patient, she may connect you to your care coordinator,” Berner said.
More employers are offering health benefits to workers that include virtual doctor visits, according to a 2018 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which monitors U.S. health care. Kaiser found that more than threequarters of large companies offer employees insurance that covers telehealth, up from 27 percent three years ago.
But Matthew Rae, senior health policy analyst for San Francisco-based health policy analyst Kaiser Family Foundation, said the survey showed that employees have been slow to enroll in telehealth services. “People are really used to seeing the doctor,” he said.
Fourth annual Juvenile Crime Conference: Kids that Kill, 7:15 a.m., Tamarac Moose Lodge, 6191 Rock Island Road, Tamarac. Presented by the Broward County Crime Commission as part of the Building Bridges Mental Health Conference series. Panel participants, speakers and presenters include mental health professionals, journalists and more. BrowardCrime.Org.
Hot Topics in Developmental Disabilities Conference, 8 a.m., through Nov. 9, Renaissance Hotel, Boca Raton. Presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking. Guest speakers, exhibitors. Topics: benefits, housing, bul- lying, divorce, technology, 504/IEP, post high school education options, employment, research on autism, micro-enterprising, community resources and more. 954-975-5159 floridasvoice.org.
Just One: How Attorney Volunteers Can Give Back to Juveniles in the Court System, 11:45 a.m., Novello’s, 5999 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. SPBC FAWL luncheon featuring Judge Luis Delgado, 15th Circuit Court Juvenile Division. 561-989-0700.
Fall Health and Biz Expo, 2 p.m., BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Presented by the Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce along with the Coral Springs and Plantation chambers of commerce, featuring local businesses and networking. davie-coopercity.org
3 p.m., Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club, 6842 Main St., Miami Lakes. 2018 Miami-Dade County business Conference and Expo. 305-278-1811.
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Mami-Dade chapter, 5:30 p.m., Smith & Wollensky, 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Business networking, bring plenty of business cards. bit.ly/2yAB7Ty
National Association of Women Business Owners, 6 p.m., Marriott North, Fort Lauderdale. Chat with CEO of PCF International Integrated Marketing & Technology, Ginger G. Peterson: marketing to grow your business. 954-675-3545.
Rules and Regulations in Condos and HOAs, noon, Holiday Springs Clubhouse, 3131 Holiday Springs Blvd., Margate. Presented by Katzman Chandler. Free. 954 486-7774.
Better Investing Southeast Florida chapter, 9:30 a.m., Jim Ward Community Center, 3012 NW 46th Ave., Plantation. Volunteers teach individuals how to select stocks in growing corporations. BIsouthflorida.org
Women Empower Expo (WEX), 10 a.m., Greater Fort Lauderdale, Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale. Learn from industry experts, network with entrepreneurs and changemakers, discover tools to grow your business, and feel empowered to create a positive change. 954-765-5900.
Public Relations Society of America, Fort Lauderdale chapter call for nominations. View categories: bit.ly/2OpDSkV
2-1-1 seeks nominations for its annual awards program 211-broward.org/non-profit-awards
JM Family’s call for nominations for its 2019 African-American Achievers Awards. africanamericanachievers.com/nominate 866-516-2497.
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ShipMonk was ranked No. 29 on Inc. 5000’s 2018 fastest-growing companies list, and Bednar, 27, was named to Forbes’ 2018 list of “30 Under 30.”
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Still, some employers are making inroads by encouraging workers to try telehealth through financial incentives, such as lower copays or deductibles, Rae said.
Rae said it’s still unknown how much of a cost savings telehealth will be for employers trying to trim their health-care bills. “They can deliver doctor visits for less money, but it may result in more visits,” he said.
Meanwhile, health insurers are getting on-board with telehealth with the goal of lowering their costs and improving accessibility for customers. They’re also putting money into the industry.
Cigna and Health Care Service Corp., parent to five Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans around the country, in August participated in a $50 million financing round for MDLive, led by San Francisco-based Health Velocity Capital.
Julie McCarter, vice president of product solutions for Cigna, said the insurer has had a five-year relationship with MDLive, and now offers the telehealth service to all its customers. About 100,000 customers are enrolled in MDLive, she said.
She said Cigna studied 20,000 patients from 2014 to 2016 who used MDLive compared with 20,000 patients of similar demographics who did not, and found 17 percent lower medical costs and a 36 percent reduction in ER use.
McCarter sees the partnership growing. “What we’re excited about is expanding into wellness and prevention, and possibly chronic care management,” she said.
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MDLive's virtual assistant, Sophie, helps patients register and asks questions to pass on information to a doctor.