In Florida, malpractice lawsuits rarely lead to discipline
The Florida Department of Health reviewed nearly 24,000 resolved state and federal lawsuits against doctors over the past decade. But out of those reviews regulators filed disciplinary charges just 128 times. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the AP.
In a new report, Florida gets a middle of the pack ranking overall for mental health when compared to other states and Washington D.C.. But when it comes to access to medical professionals, Florida ranks near the bottom. [Source: WLRN]
A federal judge ruled late Friday that the state and its healthcare providers let the viral infection go untreated in Florida’s prisons and now must test and treat thousands of inmates at a potential cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
He's a practicing Florida doctor, she's a licensed mental health counselor. Both are staying in the dark out of fear of repercussions but speaking out about the state's rehab program for doctors. "I think its purpose is to help people but it's not doing that, it's abusing them," said the mental health counselor. [Source: WFTS]
In the past year, the state spent $22,000 for redaction software that automatically blacks out words it says must be shielded from the public. Elder and open-government advocates said the newly censored detail did more to protect nursing homes than patients. More from the Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times.
› Florida Hospital is first in nation to receive innovative surgical robot [Florida Trend]
Florida Hospital is proud to partner with TransEnterix on the introduction of a new surgical robotic system, available to patients in the United States for the first time. The Senhance Surgical System, which is currently in use in Europe, received FDA approval in October.
› Proposed bills could help oral health in rural Florida communities [Public News Service]
After being vetoed two years ago, there are new bills in the Florida Legislature that would establish a dental student loan forgiveness program for dentists practicing in underserved communities.
› Doctors, pharmacists making limited use of prescription-drug database [WTXL]
Physicians and pharmacists in Florida are making only limited use of a statewide database meant to deter prescription drug abuse amid an opioid epidemic in the state, researchers found.
› Gwen Graham takes firm stance on Medicaid expansion [Tampa Bay Times]
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham drew a line in the sand on Medicaid expansion Monday. The Democratic candidate for governor said she would veto Republican legislative priorities if lawmakers refused to work with her to expand the health care program.