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The one-minute HIV test has come to Florida, and people are taking it

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The one-minute HIV test has come to Florida, and people are taking it

| 12/3/2019

The one-minute HIV test has come to Florida, and people are taking it

A rapid HIV test, new to Florida, is helping local advocates reach more people in a state where the virus has hit epidemic levels. More than 100,000 people in Florida are living with HIV right now, and about 15 percent of them don’t know they have it. Despite advances in medicine that both prevent and treat the virus, along with more outreach and education, rates of infection continue to climb in America. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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How healthcare organizations use AI to boost and simplify security

As cybersecurity threats to healthcare grow in number and severity, artificial intelligence is helping providers detect vulnerabilities and respond to data breaches faster and with greater precision. At Florida-based Halifax Health, a firewall employs AI to detect attacks based on the wrapper that cybercriminals place around their malware payloads. This function, as CDW cybersecurity expert Alyssa Miller notes, enables Halifax to protect against even zero-day threats that target undiscovered weaknesses. [Source: Health Tech Magazine]

Opinion: State lawmakers must boost long-term care to address the approaching silver wave

For four decades, policymakers have wrestled with how to address the health care needs of Florida’s growing elderly population. The concern was for when the Baby Boom generation would reach retirement age. That time has arrived, and today more than one in four Floridians is 60 or older. These 5.5 million people – more than the entire population of 28 states – are placing an increasing burden on Florida’s health care and long-term care systems. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]

Florida leading on Obamacare enrollments but largely without federal help

Florida is leading the nation in Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollments on healthcare.gov during this sixth enrollment period and will likely again be the platform’s biggest customer when the sign-up period ends Dec. 15. But, so far, statewide enrollments are below last year's mid-November count. Dramatic Trump administration cuts to public outreach and enrollment assistance programs since 2017 aren't helping. [Source: Fort Myers News-Press]

A respiratory bug affecting children is spiking in Florida emergency rooms

Emergency rooms are filling up this time of year, thanks to the flu. Now another culprit is on the rise, causing wheezing, sneezing and possibly more serious symptoms. Doctors refer to the virus as RSV, and Florida is experiencing a rise in cases. [Source: ]

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› Humana ordered to pay in provider dispute
Humana has been ordered to pay $4,673 to Holy Cross Emergency Room Physicians under a final order issued by the state Agency for Health Care Administration. In the Nov. 19 final order, AHCA also demanded that Humana pay $875 to MAXIMUS, which has a contract with the state to review disputed claims between health-care providers and health maintenance organizations, exclusive provider organizations, prepaid health plans and health insurance companies.

› Mother & daughter open a primary care clinic in Florida
A mother and daughter duo opened a primary care clinic in Plantation, Florida. The facility is appropriately named, "Mother and Daughter Primary Care," and their story isn't an average one. The two went to school together and graduated as nurse practitioners at the same time.

› Miami-Dade county sees 12th dengue fever case of the year
The Florida Department of Health says another case of dengue fever has been confirmed, bringing Miami-Dade’s total to 12 this year. In Florida, Miami-Dade has the most locally transmitted cases. Broward is the only other county in the state to report a local case, and it’s had one.

› FSU, SMH launch Palliative Care Fellowship
The Florida State University College of Medicine and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System are partnering to offer the area’s first Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. It is one of 13 approved sites in Florida where board-certified physicians can acquire advanced training to address the many medical and pyscho-social issues that accompany serious illness or end-of-life care.

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