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April 30, 2017

Healthcare

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issues statement about Zika workshops

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services hosted a series of Zika workshops for mosquito control programs throughout Florida, which concluded last week. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2017

Visiting Angels of the Palm Beaches Receives 2017 Small Business of the Year Award

Visiting Angels of the Palm Beaches is proud to announce that it has received the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for 2017. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2017

Northeast Florida nursing homes rally against state elder care changes

With two weeks left in the legislative session, some Jacksonville elder care providers are rallying supporters against a Senate-proposed change to how nursing homes are funded. Read more »
Published on 4/25/2017

U.S. high court won't review WellCare ex­CEO fraud conviction

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by former WellCare Health Plans Inc Chief Executive Todd Farha of his 2013 fraud conviction for his role in a scheme to cheat the Medicaid health insurance program for the poo Read more »
Published on 4/25/2017

Regional Health Care Trends

South Florida | Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beaches Powerful prescription drugs are missing from Miami VA medical center, four others in Florida Hundreds of doses of fentanyl and other powerful... Read more »
Published on 4/25/2017

Florida does not score high in study of children's health care

A new report from WalletHub, "2017's Best & Worst State's for Children's Health Care," finds that Florida rans low in many metrics. Read more »
Published on 4/24/2017

UCF Hospital Partnership Earns Key State Approval

A new hospital focused on building a healthier community, training more physicians and powering economic growth through research earned a key approval Thursday from the State University System's Board of Governors in Tallahassee. Read more »
Published on 3/31/2017

People in Texas and Florida report they had the most trouble affording health care

New report looks at the nation's four largest states since the advent of the ACA and finds that people in Texas and Florida reported the most trouble affording health care. This highlights the need for policies that expand insurance coverage and make health care affordable. Read more »
Published on 3/28/2017

Gov. Rick Scott Hosts Zika Preparedness Roundtable

On Monday, Governor Rick Scott hosted a roundtable with community leaders in Miami on Zika preparedness ahead of the rainy season when mosquitoes are most prevalent in Florida. Read more »
Published on 3/28/2017

Majority of Floridians want to keep or expand Obamacare and oppose new healthcare proposals

Floridians are split about the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as Obamacare and are split about what to do about it according to a new poll released by the Business and Economic Polling Initiative at Florida Atlantic University. Read more »
Published on 3/21/2017

Publix and BayCare Health System Announce Exclusive Four-County Collaboration

Publix Pharmacy and BayCare Health System are pleased to announce an exclusive collaboration to improve the delivery of health care to the residents of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties in Florida. Read more »
Published on 3/20/2017

CDC identifies new potential risk of Zika virus transmission in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties

This increased risk is particularly relevant for semen because of evidence regarding the persistence of Zika virus in this reproductive tissue. Read more »
Published on 3/15/2017

U.S. Republicans unveil plan to dismantle Obamacare, critics pounce

Long-awaited legislation to dismantle Obamacare was unwrapped on Monday by U.S. Republicans, who called for ending health insurance mandates and rolling back extra healthcare funding for the poor in a package that drew immediate fire from Democrats. Read more »
Published on 3/7/2017

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Can Invade Taxpayers' Wallets Too

Antibiotics have changed the face of healthcare – reducing mortality and improving the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. However, the overuse of these powerful tools of intervention has led to antibiotic resistance that now threatens the future of our health and costs taxpayers, businesses, and the healthcare system millions each year in treatment expenses and lost productivity. Read more »
Published on 3/2/2017

Allergies? Probiotic combination may curb your symptoms, new study finds

s we head into allergy season, you may feel less likely to grab a hanky and sneeze. That's because new University of Florida research shows a probiotic combination might help reduce hay fever symptoms, if it's taken during allergy season. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2017

Health Group CHAIN Issues Legal Warning To New Rival

For 18 years, Florida's voice for expanding health-care coverage has been a group known as Florida CHAIN. But now two of CHAIN's former employees are launching their own non-profit, called Florida Consumer Health Alliance. That has set up a power struggle among former colleagues. Read more »
Published on 2/28/2017

Florida Republican lawmakers push for Medicaid block grants

Top Florida Republican lawmakers are heading to Washington D.C. soon to discuss potential healthcare changes with their Congressional counterparts. They want President Donald Trump's administration to blockgrant Medicaid funding. But some Floridians worry the sick and the poor will lose their health insurance. Read more »
Published on 2/28/2017

$5.5 million HIPAA settlement shines light on the importance of audit controls

Memorial Healthcare Systems (MHS) has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $5.5 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules and agreed to implement a robust corrective action plan. Read more »
Published on 2/21/2017

Tele-health bill passes House subcommittee

Under a tele-health bill approved by the House Subcommittee on Health Quality, advanced registered nurse practitioners would be able to practice independently of doctors. The measure is raising some concerns. Read more »
Published on 2/21/2017

Obamacare Success In States Like Florida Not Due To Politics

Ask anyone about their health care and you are likely to hear about ailments, doctors, maybe costs and insurance hassles. Most people don't go straight from “my health” to a political debate, and yet that is what our country has been embroiled in for almost a decade. Read more »
Published on 2/14/2017

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