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March 23, 2017

Healthcare

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

Regional Health Care Trends

South Florida | Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beaches Zika isn’t over. Miami-Dade has another locally acquired infection, state says Florida health officials on Monday reported one more locally acquired Zika... Read more »
Published on 2/22/2017

$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

Orlando Health to affiliate with Lakeland Regional Health

Lakeland Regional Health (LRH) and Orlando Health (OH) have signed a letter of intent to form an affiliation that will create an integrated regional health care system. Read more »
Published on 2/2/2017

Gov. Scott awards $25 million in state funds for Zika research and vaccine development

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced 34 grant awards for Zika virus research following his authorization of $25 million in state funds for Zika research and vaccine development last fall. Read more »
Published on 2/1/2017

USF Unveils Preliminary Renderings for its New Medical School and Cardiovascular Institute in Downtown Tampa

The University of South Florida today unveiled preliminary renderings of the future home of its USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2017

Sen. Marco Rubio joins colleagues in introducing legislation to uthorize fve VA medical leases in Florida

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined a group of 16 other senators in reintroducing the Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act, legislation that would authorize pending leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities in 15 states, including five in Florida. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2017

Obamacare Enrollment Enters Final Day

While talk of repeal and replace has dominated the recent conversation about the Affordable Care Act, consumers have quietly been signing up in record numbers. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2017

NSU researchers probe shark DNA to find their immune cancer-related genes

The study was done with participation from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Save Our Seas Shark Research Center and Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2017

Florida lawmakers look to Colorado for Cannabis advice

One of the most contentious elements in Florida's medical cannabis industry is who gets to grow and sell the drug. Lawmakers approved a limited number of companies to ensure security, but now some see the state's seven growers as a cartel. Read more »
Published on 1/27/2017

American Lung Association: Florida receives 'F' for tobacco prevention and cessation funding

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and in Florida. To address this enormous toll, the American Lung Association in Florida calls for the following three actions to be taken by our elected officials: Read more »
Published on 1/26/2017

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