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Florida health care transparency efforts measured

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Florida health care transparency efforts measured

Transparency is a health-care catchphrase in the Florida Legislature this year, with lawmakers taking a closer look at how to beef up the state’s data collection and dissemination. With the 2019 legislative session starting Tuesday, members of the State Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Council were given updates on two of the state’s health care websites: Florida HealthFinder and Florida HealthPriceFinder. More from and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Florida finished in the bottom 25 percent nationally in a new report on how well the state provides for babies and toddlers. The “State of Babies Yearbook 2019” cited Florida’s higher than national average numbers in several key metrics, including infant mortality rate, babies with low birth weight and uninsured low-income babies, for the ranking. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

'Miraculous' stem cell therapy has sickened people in 5 states

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Moffitt survey: Too many doctors don’t know enough about their LGBTQ patients

Researchers from Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center are working with two Florida universities to educate oncologists about better serving LGBTQ patients. A recent Moffitt-led survey revealed that many oncologists around the country do not know enough about the health needs of these patients. [Source: ]

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› Publix and Flagler Health+ collaborate to improve care
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› Florida Health Department review shows no significant increase in rare cancer cases in Fort Pierce area
State health officials studying glioblastoma diagnoses in the Fort Pierce area through 2017 found no significant increases in the cancer. Glioblastoma is a form of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord. Residents in Fort Pierce believe there could be a cancer cluster there.

› USF St. Petersburg to launch a nursing program this fall
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will debut a new nursing program this fall after a unanimous vote by the City Council that will give the program a temporary home. An agreement with the city grants USF a two-year lease on the downtown Port Terminal Building.

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