Lawmakers fight Medicaid ballot bid
After years of rejecting Medicaid expansion in the state Capitol, the Florida House and Senate are trying to block a proposed constitutional amendment that would put the issue before voters. The House and Senate late Thursday filed briefs at the Florida Supreme Court raising a series of legal objections to a proposed ballot initiative that would require expansion of Medicaid to cover more low-income adults. More from the Daytona Beach News Journal and the Orlando Sentinel.
Licensing reform could expand health care access and reduce costs for Floridians
As Florida’s population ages, so too will its doctors. More than one-third of active physicians in the Sunshine State are over the age of 60 and will begin to retire in the coming years. Expanding the role of non-physician health care providers through occupational licensing and scope of practice reform offers one solution to the growing shortage. [Source: Business Observer]
Red tide and human health: Researchers study 'chronic exposure'
Toxic red tide algae is starting to bloom along Florida’s west coast again. State wildlife officials say elevated levels have been detected recently from Pinellas to Collier counties, and people in Sarasota County have also been experiencing respiratory irritations. Now, new research is looking into longterm health effects of the toxins, including neurological issues. [Source: Health News Florida]
There’s a life-threatening type of fungus emerging in Florida, and it’s resistant to drugs
If you’re not aware of this yet, there’s a life-threatening type of fungus emerging in Florida, called Candida auris (C. auris). It’s considered an “urgent,” global threat because it’s resistant to multiple anti-fungal drugs, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [Source: Florida Phoenix]
A House panel Wednesday cleared a bill that would help those who come down with flu or strep avoid a trip to the doctor. The House Health Quality Subcommittee, meeting in advance of the 2020 Legislative Session, OK’d legislation (HB 389) carried by Rep. Tyler Sirois, a Merritt Island Republican. [Source: Florida Politics]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Nanotechnology for disease diagnosis and treatment earns Florida Poly professor international award [Florida Trend]
Florida Polytechnic University professor Dr. Ajeet Kaushik is determined to make detecting and treating diseases easy, accessible, and precise through the use of nanomaterials for biosensing and medicine.
› What’s in a name? Health panel seeks clarity on health care providers [WUSF]
Each year, one of the more-heated health care issues in Tallahassee surrounds “scope of practice” --- or what services providers can legally offer. But members of a House panel wrestled Wednesday with a somewhat different issue: what health-care providers should be allowed to call themselves.
› AdventHealth, Orlando Health bar UCF med students after medical school picks HCA as partner [Orlando Sentinel]
AdventHealth and Orlando Health, partners of UCF’s medical school since its inception more than a decade ago, have barred students from their facilities for their third-year clinical experiences after the university spurned them as a partner in a teaching hospital.
› South Florida physician among wave of health care professionals looking to lifestyle medicine to address various chronic illnesses [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
As more options become available to pursue a healthy lifestyle, from dietary choices to exercise plans to preventative medicine and other advances, one organization — and one South Florida doctor in particular — is leading a movement toward “lifestyle medicine.”