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How a nationwide cyberattack is impacting Florida patients and hospitals

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How a nationwide cyberattack is impacting Florida patients and hospitals

| 3/12/2024

How a nationwide cyberattack is impacting Florida patients and hospitals

The attack has paralyzed health care payments, impacting hospitals and patients in Florida and the U.S. The American Hospital Association called it the most significant cyberattack against the country’s health care system in history. Mary Mayhew, president and CEO of the Florida Hospital Association, said the group has over 100 hospitals that directly contract with Change Healthcare, the target of the cyberattack. [Source: WUSF]

Lawmakers commit record funding to curing, treating Alzheimer’s disease

As the curtain closes on this Session, the Alzheimer’s Association in Florida is applauding lawmakers’ historic commitment to fighting the disease that’s going to be affecting more and more of the state’s population in the coming years. The record $91 million that lawmakers allocated will support research, pay for respite for caregivers and help Alzheimer’s patients as they negotiate the disease’s effects, whether they are at home, getting treatment in a nursing home or trying to the doctor’s office via county bus. [Source: Florida Politics]

Florida's Baker and Marchman acts are set for the biggest overhaul in years

Floridians and their families affected by mental health and substance abuse illnesses may soon get relief from a system that many have long described as broken. The state’s process for involuntary psychiatric evaluations is getting a major overhaul under new legislation that’s cleared the Legislature this year, with advocates saying its long overdue. [Source: Health News Florida]

Florida is set to stabilize and expand funding for epilepsy services

After years of uncertainty epilepsy services are set to see their first stable source of funding from the state. The money, providers say, will help hundreds of thousands of Floridians, their families and their caregivers. The state Department of Health estimates that more than 360,000 Floridians have epilepsy. [Source: WFSU]

Legislature approves measure to set up behavioral health teaching hospitals

Florida lawmakers Wednesday gave final approval Wednesday to a proposal to designate behavioral health teaching hospitals, as the state looks to bolster mental health and substance abuse treatment. The bill (SB 330), which passed the Senate and House unanimously, would designate four behavioral health teaching hospitals linked to universities. [Source: News Service of Florida]


› Did you see the giant inflatable colon in Tampa?
For the month of March, Moffitt Cancer Center and the Museum of Science & Industry are giving visitors an opportunity to walk through a giant inflatable colon for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates in 2024, about 106,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer and another 46,000 will be diagnosed with rectal cancer.

› $50 million gift spurs Sylvester Cancer Center growth
A $50 million donation to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is expected to enhance patient care, double Sylvester’s research, expand clinical trials and develop new therapies in the new 12-story facility that is to open in 2025. Kenneth C. Griffin, founder and chief executive officer of Citadel and founder of Griffin Catalyst, donated $50 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is part of University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

› Orlando Health's latest downtown construction projects to expand services
Orlando Health's main campus near downtown has a wave of new construction projects in the works that will expand its medical services. The nonprofit health system has two projects in the works: a new children's medical office building and a new home for specialty institutes.

› Longtime Pinellas County mental health agency CEO retires
Barbara Daire, the CEO of Suncoast Center, will retire after a career of 44 years, according to a Friday news release. Daire served 24 years as CEO of the Pinellas County mental health agency. The nonprofit, which provides mental health, substance abuse and sexual assault services throughout Pinellas County, had $17.37 million in service revenue in its most recent fiscal year.

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