January 23, 2021
Florida lawmakers weigh health care liability protections

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Florida lawmakers weigh health care liability protections

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Florida lawmakers weigh health care liability protections

The‌ ‌House‌ ‌Health‌ ‌& ‌Human‌ ‌Services‌ ‌Committee‌ ‌on‌ ‌Thursday‌ ‌conducted‌ ‌its‌ ‌first --- and‌ ‌last --- workshop‌ ‌on‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌liability‌ ‌protections‌ ‌for‌ ‌health‌ ‌care‌ ‌providers.‌ The‌ committee‌ ‌heard‌ ‌from‌ ‌representatives of hospitals,‌ ‌physician‌s ‌and‌ ‌long‌-term‌ ‌care‌ ‌facilities who‌ ‌said‌ ‌the‌ ‌Legislature‌ ‌needs‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌changes‌ ‌to‌ ‌protect‌ them‌ ‌from‌ ‌a‌ ‌potential‌ ‌flood‌ ‌of‌ ‌lawsuits‌, ‌while‌ trial ‌attorneys‌ ‌said‌ ‌current‌ ‌law‌ ‌provides‌ ‌adequate‌ ‌protections‌ ‌and‌ that ‌providing‌ ‌immunity‌ ‌will‌ ‌do‌ ‌more‌ ‌harm‌ ‌than‌ ‌good.‌ [Source: News Service of Florida]

Florida pushes back on reports of tourists coming just to get COVID shots

The state was one of the first to open vaccine eligibility to members of the general public over age 65. That has led to rumors that day-trippers are visiting only to get inoculated and then leaving again. Gov. Ron DeSantis and other officials say the nonresidents who are getting shots are almost entirely “snowbirds,” residents who live in the state for several months during the winter and who could infect others if they aren’t vaccinated. [Source: AP]

Florida's coronavirus positivity rate dips below 10% for first time in two weeks

The positivity rate of people who tested positive for the coronavirus for the first time dropped to 8.63%, the lowest it's been since Dec. 27 when it was 9.69%, according to Thursday's report from the state Department of Health. State health officials said 13,720 people across Florida tested positive for coronavirus since Wednesday’s daily numbers report. [Source: WUSF]

Cannabis wellness company relocates HQ to South Florida

A wellness and cannabis company is relocating to South Florida, marking another example of the surge in businesses moving to the region. Neptune Wellness Solutions, a publicly traded company based in Canada, will open its U.S. headquarters in Jupiter in June, according to its CEO, Michael Cammarata. Cammarata, who grew up in Florida and lives in Jupiter’s Admirals Cove, is the co-founder and former CEO of Schmidt’s Naturals, which he sold to Unilever for an undisclosed amount in 2017. [Source: The Real Deal]

Southwest Florida mental health leaders: We're at a 'crisis point' for kids

Pandemic-spurred demand for mental health services has reached a crisis point, further straining Southwest Florida’s under-resourced system, said top providers who came together last week to call for support and advocacy to better serve the sick. “This is an especially vulnerable time for all of us, especially our children,” said Dr. Emad Salman, chief physician executive and vice president of operations at Golisano Children’s Services. [Source: Fort Myers News-Press]

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› Florida House proposal would lift telehealth restrictions
Amid expanded use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, a House Republican on Wednesday filed a bill that would eliminate restrictions on prescribing controlled substances through telehealth. Rep. Tom Fabricio, R-Miramar, filed the proposal (HB 247) for consideration during the 2021 legislative session, which will start March 2.

› AdventHealth delays some elective surgeries as COVID stretches resources
AdventHealth is delaying some elective surgeries as COVID-19 cases continue to stretch hospital resources in Central Florida. As of noon on Thursday, 7,700 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide. That’s a 10% increase from 10 days ago. AdventHealth market CEO Brian Adams said the hospital is still doing some elective surgeries.

› Medical firm takes curvy road to find right partner
Sarasota medical cannabis company AltMed Enterprises had a rough go the first time it entered into a partnership agreement with another company. Back then, in 2014, the then-new company invested $850,000 in a potential partnership with a company in Arizona, to grow and develop products together. Soon after AltMed cut the check, the would-be partner made off with the money.

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