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Florida nursing homes plan ‘summit' on new generator order
Florida nursing homes plan ‘summit’ on new generator order
Calling the deaths of eight seniors last week an “isolated incident,” a nursing home industry group will hold a meeting Friday to discuss a move by Gov. Rick Scott to require nursing homes to be equipped with generators to power air-conditioning systems when electricity goes out. Get information about the Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit, here. Also read more at the Ocala Star-Banner.
» Nursing home deaths prompt new rules by Florida governor
» Florida nursing home called governor's personal cellphone for help
» 94-year-old sues Florida nursing home where 8 residents died in wake of Hurricane Irma
» Hollywood nursing home where right died wasn't on priority list for power restoration
Flood insurance in storm-prone areas and health insurance have a lot in common, especially when it comes to the mental calculus that goes into the purchase. You are paying money to insure against a personal calamity you hope won't happen, even though you know that it's a real possibility. [Source: Bloomberg]
Florida’s top state court has ruled that noncompete agreements signed by former employees of two home healthcare agencies prohibited them from soliciting doctors and hospitals for patient referrals when they defected to rival companies. See the ruling from the Florida Supreme Court here. Also read more at Reuters.
The national uninsured rate is on an upward trend this year, following a record low of 8.6 percent in the first quarter of 2016, according to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But how widely do the rates differ from city to city? WalletHub, looked into this, and found that among states, Florida's uninsured rate is 12.54 percent, which places the state at #46 overall, or in the top 5 states for number of uninsured. See more findings, here.
The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services has sent more than 700 employees to treat medical emergencies in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. HHS Secretary Thomas Price visited Marathon in the hard-hit Florida Keys with Gov. Rick Scott on Monday. [Source: AP]
› Tampa General Hospital names new VP, CFO
Tampa General Hospital President and CEO John Couris named Judith Ploszek executive vice president and CFO. Ploszek served as acting CFO during the past year, while former CFO Steve Short served as the hospital’s acting president and CEO.
› Florida hospital takes medical malpractice arbitration bid to high court
A Kindred Healthcare unit has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Florida appeals court’s refusal to force the arbitration of medical malpractice claims, saying the decision violates the Federal Arbitration Act.
› After a death in Everglades City, rising concerns of a public health crisis
Emergency responders in the Everglades City area, a low-income fishing community walloped by Hurricane Irma last weekend, may be faced with a deadly public health crisis as families spend day after day in the mud, mold and water left behind by 10 feet of storm surge that destroyed hundreds of homes.
› Bradenton medical marijuana dispensary opening Tuesday
Southwest Florida’s first medical marijuana dispensary is opening Tuesday in Bradenton. The dispensary is owned by Trulieve, which has been expanding rapidly and is one of the leading players in Florida’s medical marijuana market.
Previous Health Care Updates:
- 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
- Group launches effort to bring a different kind of single-payer health insurance to Florida
- Why isn't Florida's drug monitoring database mandatory for doctors?
- Health centers weigh funding changes
- Florida lawmakers look at legislation to combat opioid crisis