Florida launches new tool to make health care prices transparent
Governor Ron DeSantis announced a new initiative Monday morning to make health care prices in Florida more transparent. The state has launched a new website called Florida Health Price Finder which shows you the price of medical procedures in the state. Prices are broken down by state average, national average, and county average. DeSantis said the new site will make it easier for Floridians to see how much they will pay before walking in for medical work. More from Bay News 9, WWSB, and WTSP.
Number of uninsured children in Florida rises
It’s back to training wheels when it comes to getting children health care coverage. In just two years, the rate of uninsured Florida children jumped by 18% and earned the state an overall ranking of 45 in the latest Children’s Health Care Report Card. The second-highest number of children without health insurance now live in Florida. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
Medicaid advisory committee reshaped
The membership of a statewide Medicaid advisory committee has been reshaped and now includes a representative from the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Tom Rice, the deputy director of programs for the agency, has been added to the Medical Care Advisory Committee, which met in Tallahassee last week. [Source: Health News Florida]
Survey: Florida employers twice as likely to offer high deductible health plans
According to a new survey, Florida employers are almost twice as likely to offer high deductible health plans – than the national average. Deductibles are the amount consumers for health care services before their insurance plan kicks in. Mercer - a human resources consulting firm - found that 76 percent of employers in Florida that responded to the survey offer these plans, compared to the national average of 38 percent. [Source: WUSF News]
Florida saw the number of reported vaping-related illnesses increase to 78 as of Oct. 26, according to the state Department of Health. The latest data shows an increase of eight cases this week, according to a News Service of Florida analysis. The number of deaths associated with the lung illnesses remained at one. [Source: WGCU]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Central Florida still struggling with access to health care, mental health services [Orlando Sentinel]
Food insecurity and access to mental health services and health care are three areas that need immediate attention and investment in Central Florida, according to the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment compiled by local nonprofit hospitals, health departments and community health centers.
› University of North Florida program would place students in health care jobs [Jacksonville Daily Record]
The State University System Board of Governors Strategic Planning Committee approved the University of North Florida’s plan to create a Medical Nexus, or MedNEX, the nation’s first university-based health care network. The committee approved the proposal Oct. 3. Upon approval by the Board of Governors, the Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis would need to sign off on it.
› Tampa General nurses turn surgical mats into sleeping bags for the homeless [Tampa Bay Times]
Nicole Hubbard sees them every day in the operating room at Tampa General Hospital. Paper-thin and made of a blue and pink material that feels like cardboard, the wraps are used to keep instruments sterilized before surgery — and usually thrown away after a single use. “I thought maybe we could come up with our own kind of recycling initiative," said Hubbard, chief nurse anesthetist at Tampa General.
› AdventHealth Ocala expecting a new maternity ward [Ocala Star-Banner]
It will take about six months for AdventHealth Ocala to deliver a new maternity ward geared toward making expectant mothers’ deliveries a more pleasant experience. Workers will soon start gutting the dated and cramped space at the hospital’s main campus at 1500 SW First Ave., as part of an $8 million transformation.