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Orthopedics in Florida – A trend toward less surgery
Florida orthopedists say that in recent years they’ve been operating less often on conditions such as rotator-cuff injuries and meniscus tears for some age groups and patients. University of Central Florida sports medicine doctor Michael Seifert is among a growing cadre of physicians who now specialize in non-operative treatments of many sports and orthopedic conditions. “I try to keep people away from the surgeon’s table if I can,” he says. Full report from Forida Trend is here.
While the Trump administration signaled willingness to allow work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, the Florida Legislature is unlikely to move ahead with such a mandate this year. There are about 4 million people enrolled in Florida’s Medicaid program, making it the fourth largest in the nation in terms of population. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Florida hospitals for months have faced shortages of critically needed IV fluids because of production shutdowns in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, forcing them to substitute treatments and find alternate suppliers. [Source: Naples Daily News]
The state is disputing a report that found funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program in Florida will run out in February if Congress doesn't act. The money provides low-cost health insurance to about 340,000 of the state’s children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. [Source: Health News Florida]
Repealing Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system might eliminate barriers to “pain and suffering” monetary awards for accident plaintiffs and attorneys, but premium savings for policyholders will be minimal, fraud won’t go away, and hospitals and low-income drivers will suffer, opponents say. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
› Lee County sees alarming increase in opioid overdoses [Lakeland Ledger]
Health officials in a Florida county are calling attention to an alarming increase in opioid overdoses and deaths. Lee County on Florida’s Gulf Coast saw 955 cases in 2017, eight times more than the 171 overdoses reported in 2013, according to medical provider Lee Health.
› Jacksonville-based community hospice expands, opening first Palatka office [Health News Florida]
A Jacksonville-based hospice care provider is expanding its services into 11 more counties. A new office in Palatka represents the biggest growth for Community Hospice in its nearly 40-year history.
› Tampa lawmaker proposes crack down on for-profit stem cell clinics [WUSF]
Florida has the second highest number of for-profit stem cell clinics in the United States, and a new proposal by a Tampa lawmaker would crack down on those that prey on elderly and vulnerable Floridians.
› Komen Central Florida to close, cancels February race [Orlando Sentinel]
Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s affiliate in metro Orlando is closing its doors, and canceling a February race to raise funds. Komen Central Florida, based in Oviedo, becomes the latest Komen chapter to close or cut back activity following years of controversy.