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December 1, 2015


The direct approach: ‘Direct primary care' practices

One response to growing health care costs and bureaucracy has been the emergence of “direct primary care” practices in which patients bypass insurance companies, paying a flat monthly fee to a group of providers for basic health care. Read more »
Published on 11/24/2015

Blurred lines: Health providers and insurers move into each other's turf

In today's health care landscape, the old “fee for service” model in which insurance companies pay providers for each individual procedure a consumer needs is giving way. In its place, a value-based or pay-for-performance approach is emerging in which insurers pay providers a set amount to care for each insured patient. Read more »
Published on 11/24/2015

Florida Is the state with the 3rd-highest uninsured rate post-Obamacare

With the third open-enrollment period for health insurance upon us and 11.7 percent of the U.S. population still lacking coverage, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015's States with the Highest & Lowest Uninsured Rates. Read more »
Published on 11/10/2015

Stemming Florida's physician shortage

Attracting younger physicians to Florida could help close health care access gaps and improve the state economy, according to a report from taxpayer watchdog Florida TaxWatch. The report calls for increasing the number of Graduate Medical Education programs, more commonly known as medical residencies, to attract additional doctors. Read more »
Published on 10/29/2015

UF receives $17.5 million to speed discoveries toward better health

The University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute has been awarded $17.5 million from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA, program) to continue to pave the way for a swifter and more collaborative journey from research to improved health in the nation's third largest state. Florida State University joins UF as a community research partner on the four-year award. Read more »
Published on 10/29/2015

Bacon and other processed meats can cause cancer, experts say

Eating processed meats like hot dogs, sausages or bacon can lead to bowel cancer in humans and red meat is a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2015

FIU to examine substance use in youths as part of national landmark study on brain development

The National Institutes of Health has awarded FIU $12.7 million as part of a multi-year national landmark study on substance use and adolescent brain development. The award, for the first five-year cycle of the research study, is the single largest NIH award ever received by FIU faculty. Read more »
Published on 9/29/2015

Pain patients say they can't get medicine after crackdown on illegal Rx drug trade

Until a few years ago, Florida was considered the epicenter for the trafficking of illegal prescription narcotics. The DEA and local law enforcement shut down more than 250 so-called “pill mills” — clinics where doctors could sell narcotics directly to people for cash. Now Florida doctors can no longer dispense narcotics directly to patients. Wholesalers, who paid to settle claims for failing to report suspicious orders of drugs, now limit the amount they sell to pharmacies. Read more »
Published on 8/6/2015

Medicare turns 50 but big challenges await

Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, has come a long way since its creation in 1965 when nearly half of all seniors were uninsured. Now the program covers 55 million people, providing insurance to one in six Americans. Read more »
Published on 7/30/2015

New Life: Heart transplants in Florida

At any given moment, about 250 Floridians are waiting for a new heart. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2015

Cancer Care: X-ray visionaries

Fort Myers-based 21st Century Oncology has grown from one location in 1981 to become the nation's largest provider of radiation therapy. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2015

Cancer Care: Statewide efforts

Florida treatment centers are stepping up efforts to help patients recover quickly. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2015

Brain trust: Florida research groups target Alzheimer's

This article looks at the ground-breaking work being done at Roskamp by Fiona Crawford, President and CEO, along with Daniel Paris, head of research and development, and 50 other scientists in an old contact lens manufacturing building. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2015

Why Florida Is No. 1 In Obamacare Enrollment Despite GOP Opposition

Florida is leading the nation in signing people up for private Obamacare health plans. With two weeks to go until the deadline for 2015 enrollment, Florida's tally exceeds that of even Democrat-led California, which has embraced the law building its own online marketplace and has twice the population and uses three times as much federal funding for outreach. Read more »
Published on 2/2/2015

Moments of Truth: A look at the Human Performance Institute

The Human Performance Institute in Orlando has built on expertise training top athletes to become a leading health and wellness provider to executives at Fortune 500 companies. Read more »
Published on 12/26/2014

Tavistock Development Company breaks ground on GuideWell Innovation Center

State-of-the-art facility brings first incubation wet lab space to Lake Nona. Read more »
Published on 10/30/2014

Why Florida should embrace medical tourism

Already a capital of global tourism, Florida has an opportunity to bring even more tourists and more revenue to the state by investing in medical tourism, according to an independent analysis by Florida TaxWatch. Read more »
Published on 10/30/2014

Floridians' health

How do we stack up against U.S. averages? Read more »
Published on 10/28/2014

Health care transparency in Florida

Many insurers and hospitals say they like the idea of transparency, but not many are going out of their way to make it happen. Read more »
Published on 10/28/2014

Women's heart health

The state's medical community is stepping up efforts to educate women about heart disease, which has become the No. 1 cause of death for women. Read more »
Published on 8/28/2014

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