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Federal health money could help with hurricanes

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Federal health money could help with hurricanes

The Florida Department of Health will receive $11.8 million to help prepare the health-care system to respond to medical “surge” events, such as hurricanes. The funding will come through the federal Hospital Preparedness Program and is directed to what are known as regional health care coalitions. The coalitions are groups of health-care and response organizations that work together to prepare and respond to surge events. More from and WLRN.

If you want cheaper health care, you may have to visit your doctor on your phone

Seeing your doctor in person could wind up costing you a lot more than another option insurance companies are starting to push: unlimited 24/7 access to primary care doctors via smartphone, tablet or computer, with zero out-of-pocket co-pays. Welcome to the future of telemedicine, also known as telehealth. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Baptist Health South Florida announce partnership

Today, Baptist Health South Florida announced the completion of its partnership with Boca Raton Regional Hospital. With this, Boca Raton Regional Hospital is now operating as part of Baptist Health South Florida. The new partnership ensures both not-for-profit organizations will continue to meet their mutual missions and commitments to elevate healthcare within the communities they serve in an area that reaches across four South Florida counties. [Source: Florida Trend]

Hospitals, transplant programs could multiply in Central Florida with law change

Despite attempts by two hospitals, Central Florida doesn’t have a pediatric heart transplant program. But that could change in the coming years because a state regulatory process that limited the number of hospitals and some specialty services like transplants is going away on July 1. [Source: ]

Disease watch: What global travelers should know in summer 2019

very year, there are specific health concerns in some tourist destinations. Checking the CDC's Travel Health Notices and the World Health Organization's Disease Outbreak News database gives you an overview of the global health problems this summer. WUSF interviewed doctors who specialize in international travel to get their take on health concerns for this summer's travelers. [Source: ]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› USF College of Nursing and USF Sarasota-Manatee now offering fast-track nursing degree
Students looking to obtain a nursing degree will now have the opportunity to obtain one within two years at the University of South Florida. USF College of Nursing and USF Sarasota-Manatee have teamed up to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing within four semesters, including a summer term.

› Baptist Health Care is moving their main hospital
Baptist Health Care CEO Mark Faulkner has announced they are moving their hospital from East Pensacola to a location off Interstate 110. Faulkner released photos of what the new 650,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that will sit on 50 acres of land that will sit on the southwest corner of Brent and I-110.

› Florida hospital challenging state funding cut
A court battle is brewing over a legislative decision to cut Medicaid funds from two South Florida hospitals controlled by the owner of a nursing home where residents died following Hurricane Irma. A new state budget provision bans hospitals from tapping into the graduate medical-education program if they have the same “controlling interest” as a nursing home whose license has been revoked because of neglect.

› Judge shuts down procedure at South Florida stem cell clinic
A federal judge has ordered a South Florida clinic to stop injecting patients with their own stem cells. The Food and Drug Administration filed for the permanent injunction against U.S. Stem Cell in Sunrise. The judge’s decision could affect similar procedures at stem cell clinics across Florida and the country, officials said.

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