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Special Report: Cardiac care in Florida
A special report from Florida Trend
This in-depth look at cardiac advances in the state covers the latest in transplants for children, hospital rankings, a new heart hospital in the state, tiny pacemakers, dissolving stents and much more. Some highlights:
- In the story, "Avoiding Surgery," Dr. Fadi Matar, medical director of Tampa General’s cardiac care catheterization lab department, said patients “typically can go home in a day or two” after trans-catheter aortic valve replacement.
- Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville is implanting tiny pacemakers that are wireless and as small as a vitamin, as light as a coin. Read more in "Tiny Pacemakers."
- "What do you know about heart disease?" looks at how statistical data and facts about the prevalent disease are sometimes known, often misunderstood.
- Read all of the stories from Florida Trend here.
On a recent ranking health care ranking by the website WalletHub, Florida was near the bottom of the list when compared with other states and the District of Columbia. The list, 2017′s Best & Worst States for Health Care, saw Florida ranked 50th out of 51 for the percentage of insured adults between the ages of 14 and 64. More from the Crestview Bulletin and see the full rankings from Wallethub.
This week’s question to the Miami Herald CEO Roundtable: How is the ongoing uncertainty around the future of the Affordable Care Act affecting your business? Behavior analyst Maria Arizmendi answered the question this way:
"With healthcare comprising nearly 18 percent of the gross national product, the lack of resolution of the Affordable Care Act further adds to consumer and market uncertainty. Today, events in one sector are having an ever-increasing effect on other sectors. We are indeed more interconnected than any other time in history. "
Read more at the Miami Herald.
Dealing with two major issues in Florida’s healthcare system, federal officials last Thursday approved a five-year extension of a statewide Medicaid managed care program and finalized a $1.5 billion pot of funding to help with charity care. More from WLRN, the Miami Herald and Modern Healthcare.
Helicopter air ambulance prices approximately doubled in four years, a new government report finds as Florida officials consider possible legislation by next spring to limit what consumers pay for emergency transportation. [Source: Palm Beach Post]
› How is search coming for new CEO at Jupiter Medical Center?
A nationwide search is being conducted by Jupiter Medical Center to replace president and chief executive officer John Couris, who leaves for a new position Friday.
› State's nursing shortage cure falls short
The state’s effort to train more nurses has fallen short, leaving questions about whether Florida will be able to care for an increasing number of patients. See the annual report from the Florida Center for Nursing, here.
› UF study raises questions about overmedicating young children diagnosed with ADHD
A University of Florida study is among the first to evaluate whether a child’s age at the time of an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis influences treatment and raises numerous questions about why young children with ADHD are being heavily medicated.
› Florida medical examiner's office struggling to keep up due to doctor shortages
A Florida medical examiner’s office is struggling to keep up with a growing number of dead bodies, even causing the office to lose its national accreditation.
Previous Health Care Updates:
- Orthopedics in Florida – A trend toward less surgery
- Opioid epidemic is driving thousands of Florida children into foster care
- Florida seeks big changes to children's medical services
- Dangerous doctors: Pain pill docs keep prescribing despite state charges
- Hospital leaders in Florida take on the competition
- Record numbers are signing up for Obamacare in Florida as enrollment period draws to a close
- Florida a destination for desperate patients buying unproven treatments
- Florida leads the way as Obamacare enrollment outpaces prior years
- In Florida, malpractice lawsuits rarely lead to discipline