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Florida Trend Exclusive Cardiac care in Florida

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Cardiac care in Florida

Over nearly two decades, the rate of Floridians in all age groups dying from heart disease has plummeted about 38% — from 238 deaths per 100,000 people in 1999 to about 148 per 100,000 annually in 2018. But after bottoming out around 2011, the heart disease death rate for Floridians between ages 45 and 64 has been inching upward — by about 7.5%, from 119 deaths per 100,000 people in 2011 to 128 deaths per 100,000 in 2018, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. [Source: Florida Trend]

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» Collier County's Blue Zones Project sees rate of heart disease deaths drop
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» Bay Medical Center-Sacred Heart introduces two new methods for treating an irregular heart beat
» Orange Park Medical Center increases its capacity

Coronavirus: Florida says it can’t reveal information, but experts disagree

Florida health officials say state law prevents them from telling the public about suspected cases of coronavirus, yet the state regularly revealed that information during the Zika crisis three years ago. The state put out daily updates about the Zika virus, informing the public of suspected as well as confirmed cases. The law was the same then. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

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Commentary: Florida’s non-profit hospitals -- The community resource

Florida’s nonprofit hospitals serve as essential community resources. Every day, hospitals are reaching out to address their communities’ immediate and long-term needs. This commitment, outlined by a recent survey of hospitals conducted by the Florida Hospital Association, is part of the annual $4 billion in services, programs and activities hospitals provide that benefit the health and well-being of their communities. [Source: Florida Politics]

Florida Senate passes parental consent for abortion requirement

In a major victory for abortion opponents, the Florida Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would require parental consent before minors could have abortions. The 23-17 vote tees up the measure for the House, which is almost certain to pass it. The bill would then go to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who used part of his State of the State address last month to urge lawmakers to send it to his desk. [Source: WJXT]

Hospices, emergency rooms could get exemption from opioid-alternative ruling

A House committee on Thursday approved a bill that would carve out hospice services and treatment provided in hospital critical-care units or emergency rooms from a 2019 law that requires physicians to notify patients about non-opioid alternatives. The proposal (HB 743) unanimously cleared the House Health & Human Services Committee and is ready to be heard by the full House. [Source: ]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› FDOH receives $320k grant to expand mobile medical unit
Individuals with chronic diseases will gain more access to medical services as Florida Health Department in Bay County expands its medical unit. The health department announced Monday it is the recipient of a $320,000 Innovations in Healthcare grant from Florida Blue Foundation. The funds, which will be allocated over the next four years, are designated to boost the department’s mobile medical unit.

› Free Medicare counseling for seniors available in North Sarasota-Newtown
Seniors with concerns about Medicare and other health insurance options can receive free insurance counseling at a new location. SHINE/SMP (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders/Senior Medicare Patrol) counselors will provide free, unbiased Medicare counseling at the Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library starting Feb. 13.

› Patients should be of aware of treatments other than opioids, lawmakers say
Trying to curtail the opioid epidemic, Florida lawmakers are pushing legislation to require healthcare providers to notify patients about non-opioid treatments for pain management. A bill in the state House is advancing, with lawmakers approving the legislation Thursday in the Health & Human Services Committee. The bill now heads to the full House for a vote.

› First-ever needle exchange program in Hillsborough County approved by commissioners
Hillsborough County Commissioners have agreed to a controversial potential solution for the spread of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and opioid overdoses - a needle exchange initiative. By a five-to-one vote at last Wednesday’s public hearing, they approved the Syringe Service Program which allows for the exchange of used needles and hypodermic syringes for unused ones.

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