March 20, 2018
Lawmakers OK direct care for doctors, patients


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Lawmakers OK direct care for doctors, patients

| 3/13/2018

Lawmakers OK direct care for doctors, patients

Physicians, chiropractors and group practices could sign “direct primary-care” agreements with patients without running amok of Florida’s insurance laws under a bill on its way to Gov. Rick Scott. The bill would amend the state insurance code to make clear that direct primary-care agreements do not violate insurance regulations See the full story from WFSU, here. Also read more at the Orlando Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post.

Convenience, perks and a little sizzle are drawing some women to the doctor’s office

More Florida healthcare providers are separating themselves from the pack with what has come to be known as "concierge medicine," offering perks to women, often the heads of households, who are looking for some comfort and more of an "experience" at the doctor’s office. [Source: Tampa Bay times]

Richard Corcoran's health care success a mixed bag

A look back at Corcoran’s track record as speaker during the past two sessions shows that the Land O’ Lakes Republican, who is known for his political acumen and ability to steer legislation through the process, didn’t always come out on top with his health-care agenda. [Source: Florida Politics]

Insurers get into care, but is it good for your health?

In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company. Insurers are dropping billions of dollars on acquisitions and expansions in order to get more involved in customer health. [Source: AP]

Florida lawmakers approve opioid bill ahead of midnight deadline

A bill to tackle Florida’s growing opioid problem is headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. The $53 million bill was expected to pass on Friday, however, there was some disagreement among lawmakers over whether money should be given to one specific drug company. More from Action News Jax and Health News Florida.


› Centene to acquire Community Medical Group in South Florida
Centene has announced it is buying Community Medical Group in Florida, a physician group serving over 70,000 Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Affordable Care Act consumers in the Miami-Dade area.

› Mayo Clinic seeks permit for $50 million addition
Mayo Clinic submitted a permit application for a $50 million Mayo South Building Addition, a project announced a year ago as part of growth at the Jacksonville campus.

› Peace River chief speaks about Polk’s mental health services
J. William Gardam is president and chief executive officer of Peace River Center, the largest behavioral health provider in Polk County.

› Post-Hurricane Irma, Florida lawmakers require generators for assisted living facilities
Lawmakers in both chambers had already passed a similar rule for nursing homes from the state Agency for Health Care Administration earlier this week.

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