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Florida seeks big changes to children's medical services

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Florida seeks big changes to children's medical services

| 1/2/2018

Florida seeks big changes to children's medical services

Florida is looking to make major changes to Children’s Medical Services, the state-run health care program for children with complex medical needs. The Florida Department of Health is issuing an invitation to negotiate, soliciting proposals from outside vendors to run Children’s Medical Services as a value-based plan. See the plan as outlined here. Also read more at WLRN.

Health department to offer free HIV prevention drug in 2018

The Florida Department of Health will begin offering a drug next year to help prevent the spread of HIV. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012 approved Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for HIV in 2012. Full story from WMFE here. Also read more at Pink News.

Commentary: Want to lower health care costs? Stop wasting our money.

The National Academy of Medicine has estimated the health care system wastes around $765 billion a year — about a quarter of what we spend. Eliminating all the waste could allow us to insure 150 million Americans, the Academy of Medicine said, and saving half of it could provide groceries for every household in the country for a year. [Source: ProPublica]

Flu season heats up, health department urges vaccination

Flu activity is increasing in most parts of Florida, according to the state health department’s latest weekly flu report, and more patients with flu have visited emergency rooms and urgent care centers across the state compared to the past two flu season. See the latest flu update from the Florida Department of Health. Also read more at the Orlando Sentinel and the Panama City News Herald.

Health care spending, regulations confront lawmakers

Battles over health-care spending and regulation of Florida’s vast health-care industry are likely to command a great deal of time and attention when the Florida Legislature convenes in January for its annual session. [Source: Daily Commercial]

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» Florida lawmakers poised to pass a low-cost healthcare solution

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