Why isn't Florida's drug monitoring database mandatory for doctors?
The governor and state lawmakers are proposing new prescription limits to fight opioid abuse. But they also want to require physicians use a long-standing drug monitoring database—raising the question, why wasn’t it mandatory to begin with? [Source: Health News Florida]
That leftover bottle of painkillers in your medicine cabinet is one of the reasons that Florida’s largest health insurance company will stop covering OxyContin, the brand name prescription opioid, beginning Jan. 1. [Source: Miami Herald]
Florida is home to 20 million people and nearly 3 million of them are family caregivers. That means they dedicate their time, energy and money tending to a spouse, parent, children or loved ones. But the face of those providers is changing. [Source: WUSF]
It's not easy being an advocate for the Affordable Care Act right now. Health care advocates are particularly concerned about people in Republican-led states with hundreds of thousands of uninsured residents, like Florida, Texas and Georgia. [Source: AP]
Ride-sharing drivers in Florida and beyond are noticing an uptick in rides to and from the emergency room as consumers try to avoid spending what could be thousands of dollars for an ambulance. It’s an updated version of a role long played by cabs. What’s new is that the ride-sharing experience [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
› How to train nursing students? Schools turn to fake patients [South Florida Sun Sentinel]
The University of Miami’s newest hospital has a six-bed emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, a birthing suite and outpatient clinics. The only thing missing is patients.
› State Department of Health settles with Homestead nursery [WUSF]
Florida’s Department of Health has awarded a Homestead-based grower a medical marijuana license. This is the fourth license awarded due to an administrative challenge or settlement.
› Jupiter Medical Center’s new CEO is Long Island native [Palm Beach Post]
Donald McKenna, a Long Island native who started his medical career at Palm Beach Medical Center, has been named president and chief executive officer of Jupiter Medical Center, the largest employer in the town.
› Heart of Florida gets only F in state on Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety scorecard [Lakeland Ledger]
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Florida to receive a F-letter grade in the semi-annual Hospital Safety Grades compiled by the nonprofit Leapfrog Group.