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Florida hospitals eye health care negotiations for federal funding

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Florida hospitals eye health care negotiations for federal funding

Florida hospitals are intently watching the negotiations between the state and federal government over health care funding. The state has been talking to the federal government about renewing a wavier for health care services for low-income Floridians. Full story from WFSU, here.

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» Florida and Feds propose health care funding cuts
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Health Dept. orders sales stopped on new cannabis product

The Florida Department of Health on Monday ordered a medical-marijuana operator to stop selling a “whole flower” product sold for use in vaporizers but which can easily be smoked, saying the product is not permitted. More from the AP and WJXT.

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» Medical marijuana and Florida going through more ups and downs

Gov. Scott's emergency order speeds federal help to addicts

Governor Rick Scott’s recent emergency declaration means some 3,000 addicts in Florida will soon be getting access to opioid blockers like methadone, suboxone and naltrexone, health officials say. The order cuts red tape tied to a 27 million-dollar federal grant Florida received in the wake of a national epidemic. Full WFSU story here.

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Tobacco Free Florida focuses on the "true cost" of smoking

As part of Tobacco Free Florida Week, the Florida Department of Health is encouraging residents to ‘kick the habit’ by focusing on the ‘cost of smoking,’ both physically and financially, to help make their point. Full story from WUWF, here. Also see the news release from Tobacco Free Florida, here.

Florida law will crack down on patient brokering

Under the new law, it will be illegal for any person to knowingly misrepresent the identity, location or services of a licensed provider as part of the effort to lure a prospective patient. This is intended to combat the common practice of using another provider's name or information to divert the patient to a treatment site in Florida. See text of Florida HB 807, here. Also read more at Behavioral Healthcare Executive.

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› Modernizing Medicine receives $231 million in funding
Boca Raton health technology company Modernizing Medicine has received $231 million in funding from a New York City-based private equity firm, placing it among the region’s top investment earners for this year.

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