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Florida Supreme Court eyes medical malpractice ‘crisis'

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Florida Supreme Court eyes medical malpractice ‘crisis’

In a case stemming from a woman’s lung-cancer death, an appeals court Friday urged the Florida Supreme Court to look again at whether the state has a medical-malpractice insurance “crisis” that justifies limiting damages in certain lawsuits. The move by a panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal came in a Lee County lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that prevented the adult children of Ramona Reyes from recovering non-economic damages — commonly known as pain and suffering damages — in her death. More from CBS Miami and WUSF.

Florida House looks for ways to trim health spending

Sending a signal that health care spending could be targeted for reductions next year, a House health panel is going to identify up to $624 million for possible "reprioritization." The $624 million "reprioritization" equals about 5 percent of the state's general revenue going to health and human services. [Source: WJXT]

Florida lawmaker points to few doctors approving pot

More than half of the state's medical-marijuana approvals for patients over a six-month period came from 89 doctors. The statistic recently alarmed members of a medical review board who worry medical marijuana could be replacing the state's pill mills as a public-health problem. But state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith sees things differently. [Source: WJXT]

Florida names its first mental health coordinator for hurricanes, disaster recovery

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is hiring Darcy Abbott, a longtime state health official, as its first mental health coordinator for recovery efforts after hurricanes and other disasters, touting it as the first statewide position of its kind in emergency management in the country. More from the Miami Herald and WJHG.

Floridians with disabilities defend Medicaid funding from possible cuts

People with developmental disabilities and caregivers delivered a message to a Senate health-care panel last week: Don’t cut Medicaid funding for services. Senators heard from a series of people who shared stories about how the Medicaid home- and community-based “waiver” program known as iBudget has changed their lives and what would happen if funding for the program was slashed. [Source: ]

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› AG Moody to investigate over 20 vaping companies in Florida
Vaping has become a nationwide issue and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is working to combat the teen vaping crisis. Vaping and the use of e-cigarettes is now being called an "epidemic."

› Bill would allow Florida students to miss school for mental health days
A bill recently introduced in Florida would allow students to take days off to focus on their mental health. House Bill 315 was introduced by Rep. Susan Valdes. The bill would allow students to use one mental health day per semester. It would allow “school boards and charter school governing boards to allow a specified number of mental health days as excused absences for students,” the bill reads.

› Confirmed Duval measles case serves as reminder of the importance of vaccinations
The Duval County Health Department recently confirmed its first case of measles in an unvaccinated child. Health Department Medical Director, Doctor Pauline Rolle said about the only thing they know for sure is that the child is from Jacksonville. “Home-grown, local person - and we’re still trying to figure out exactly where the disease was acquired. But we do know the child did not travel outside the country.”

› Medical surgery center sold for $3.6 million
BATH LLC recently sold a 9,580-square-foot, 1.1-acre medical surgery center in Bradenton for $3.6 million. Tony Veldkamp and Bob Morris of SVN Commercial Advisory Group coordinated the purchase and sale of the property, according to a press release.

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