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South Florida Chapter

Chapter announces first event

A new AHCJ chapter for South Florida hopes to draw journalists from Palm Beach to Miami.

The group already has plans for a first meeting Sept. 9 in Fort Lauderdale. Journalists are being invited to a lunch-time session featuring Sherard McKie of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center. Congress created the Innovation Center for the purpose of testing “innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program expenditures … while preserving or enhancing the quality of care” for those individuals who receive Medicare, Medicaid, or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits.

The new chapter includes chair, Meryl Davids, and vice chair, Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup, both independent journalists. The group is hoping to gather several times a year for networking and news-generating programs and invites all reporters in the region to take part. Davids can be reached at