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There's a problem with stem cell therapy in Florida

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There's a problem with stem cell therapy in Florida

| 5/1/2018

There's a problem with stem cell therapy in Florida

Medical experts warn the diseased and desperate are now targets of a booming new stem cell industry in Florida promising better health. Across Florida, stem cell clinics – popping up like med spas – are offering sick and diseased patients treatments that are unproven, unregulated and potentially dangerous. "Stem cells have a pretty promising wide-open future at some point," said Dr. Bill Allen, a medical ethicist from the University of Florida Health at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Dr. Allen explained that the proven use for stem cell therapy is limited to certain blood disorders and blood cancers not lung diseases and lung cancer. More from WPTV and WFTS.

After Parkland, numbers of children hospitalized for mental health care jumped

On the day after the Parkland school shooting, children across Florida were brought to hospitals by police or other authorities to undergo emergency mental health exams — an unusually high number that kept climbing in the days that followed. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

Supreme Court tries to draw line on malpractice cases

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday tried to resolve questions about when lawsuits deal with medical malpractice --- or ordinary negligence. The questions are important legally because state law makes it harder to pursue medical-malpractice cases than other types of negligence claims. In case SC16-1587 "National Deaf Academy LLC, etc., Petitioner, vs. Denise Townes etc., et al.," justices wrote:

Limiting medical malpractice claims to those that are directly related to medical care or services, which require the use of professional judgment or skill, ensures that plaintiffs bringing claims of ordinary negligence are not subjected to the complex presuit procedures for medical malpractice claims, while still advancing the Legislature’s policy goals of encouraging early settlement and screening out frivolous medical malpractice claims.

See the full opinion here and read more at WUSF.

Commentary: Statewide leaders establish coalition to support science-based immunization policies

To ensure Floridians are protected, we are excited to announce a new statewide coalition to support science-based immunization policies. Immunize Florida is a grassroots network uniting parents, educators, students, health care professionals and community leaders dedicated to achieving and maintaining full immunization. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]

Florida awards lucrative 5-year Medicaid contracts

The first re-procurement of Florida's Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program saw nine health plans awarded five-year Medicaid contracts, including major players UnitedHealth, Aetna and Humana. More from Healthcare Dive and Modern Healthcare.

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Polk County brings mental healthcare to uninsured residents
Polk County added a new name to their healthcare provider network this week. A new contract with Impower will bring behavioral and mental health services to uninsured residents through a telehealth program.

› University of South Florida to launch new nursing program in Sarasota
The University of South Florida Health College of Nursing will offer a new nursing program at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Science & Mathematics, starting this fall. The campus will initially offer a pre-nursing curriculum during the first two years of the program, leading to an associate of arts certificate.

› Glioblastoma patients, families meet with health department in Florida county
Last week, glioblastoma patients and families who have had loved ones with the deadly brain cancer in St. Lucie County, met with officials from the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County.

› Florida Hospital campuses get 'A' from group that grades patient safety
Florida Hospital campuses in Orlando once again received straight A’s from a national group that regularly evaluates and grades hospitals for patient safety.

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