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September 25, 2018

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Mental Health: The Issue of Our Time

I thank Judge Steve Leifman, co-chair of the Special Committee on Mental Health in the Courts and chair of the Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court, for his assistance in drafting this column and spotlighting this important issue for our members. Read more »
Published on 6/11/2018

Suicide rates rising in Florida and across the U.S.

Comprehensive prevention goes beyond a focus on mental health concerns Read more »
Published on 6/8/2018

Dr. R. Lawrence Moss Named Next President, CEO Of Nemours Children's Health System

Will Succeed Dr. David Bailey As Leader of Nationally Recognized Pediatric System Read more »
Published on 6/5/2018

WellCare to Acquire Meridian for $2.5 Billion

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Meridian Health Plan of Michigan, Inc., Meridian Health Plan of Illinois, Inc., and MeridianRx, a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), (collectively, "Meridian") for $2.5 billion in cash. Read more »
Published on 5/30/2018

Tips for staying safe this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is set aside every year to honor those who have served our country, and it marks the unofficial start of summer. The Florida Department of Health encourages residents and visitors to practice safety and consider healthy choices this weekend and throughout the summer months. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2018

Nelson files bill to train more doctors to treat opioid addiction

WASHINGTON, DC – On May. 15, 2018, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced legislation to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic by increasing the number of doctors who treat those with an opioid addiction. Read more »
Published on 5/22/2018

$7 Billion in CHIP Cuts?

Following the bipartisan agreement earlier this year to extend CHIP funding for ten years, it was more than a bit surprising to hear yesterday (5/7/2018) that the Trump Administration wants to cut CHIP funds. Of course, there have been news reports for several weeks that the Administration wanted to go back on the deal agreed to under the Bipartisan Budget Act in an effort to cut spending. Read more »
Published on 5/15/2018

Drug abuse in Florida by-the-numbers

Drug abuse statistics in Florida rank the state for: Share of teenagers who use illicit drugs, overdose deaths per capita, drug arrests per capita, and more. Read more »
Published on 5/14/2018

Regenerative power of fat-derived stem cells impaired by smoking

Smoking significantly reduces the ability of fat-derived stem cells to regenerate and improve blood flow in damaged tissue, according to a new study by University of Florida Health researchers and collaborators at Indiana University and the University of Colorado. These stem cells are being widely studied and are used in multiple clinical trials examining their remarkable ability to repair or regenerate tissue damaged by disease, injury or aging. Read more »
Published on 4/27/2018

FIU Nursing awards first traineeships to promote rural primary care workforce

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences at FIU in Miami has awarded $100,000 in traineeship grants to five FIU nurse practitioner graduate students to participate in the pilot of the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program. Read more »
Published on 4/24/2018

Florida scores low on the 2018 'Best & Worst States for Children's Health Care' study

With Every Kid Healthy Week kicking off on April 23 and children's health care costs getting increasingly more expensive, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Best & Worst States for Children's Health Care. Read more »
Published on 4/24/2018

Greenway Health expands Tampa headquarters, will add 100 high-wage jobs

Governor Rick Scott announced today that health information technology and services provider Greenway Health is expanding its headquarters in Tampa. The company will add another 104 new high-wage jobs to its Westshore district location and invest $1.8 million in the project. Read more »
Published on 4/17/2018

Sarasota Memorial, BCBS reach contract agreement

On Friday, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMHCS) reached a final agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) on a new, three-year contract that will go into effect April 1, 2018. This agreement allows patients enrolled in BCBS health-insurance plans to continue to have uninterrupted, in-network access to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, its network of urgent and outpatient care centers, and its First Physicians Group providers. Read more »
Published on 4/2/2018

State considers changes to Medicaid eligibility

Proposed changes to Florida's Medicaid eligibility requirements would make it harder for people to get coverage after they become sick. Read more »
Published on 3/27/2018

Direct Primary Care Bill Awaiting Governor Scott's Aprroval

A bill that expands direct primary care services is on its way to the Governor's desk for final approval. Supporters of the measure believe that in the end, separating primary care doctors from insurance standards will ultimately trickle down benefits to the healthcare industry. Read more »
Published on 3/13/2018

Rural hospitals wary of Florida's budget proposal

Rural Hospitals are having trouble providing health care to their patients, and officials say the Florida Legislature's budget plan isn't likely to help. Read more »
Published on 3/6/2018

M2Gen's CEO Wants to Take Personalized Cancer Treatment to the Masses

Typically, such molecular and clinical patient information isn't shared among cancer centers... Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Closing the Cancer Gap Abroad

A new initiative targets treatment and prevention abroad. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Wider Approval

The FDA takes a broader approach to approving drug therapy. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Cancer Care: A Cure at a Cost

Re-engineering T-cells to fight tumors proves successful at fighting cancer. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Rocket-Powered Research

An Embry-Riddle research project tests how T-cells change in space. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Supporting cancer treatment in creative ways

Cancer treatment now comes with music, pet therapy, yoga and more. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Making Headway: Researchers Tout Advances in Cancer Care

From drug treatments to preventive medicines, researchers tout advances in cancer care. In 2009, Dr. Beth-Ann Lesnikoski became the first medical director of the breast institute at JFK Medical Center in Palm Beach County. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

Florida cities rank mid-to-low in 'Healthiest Cities in America'

With health care costs rising and U.S. life expectancy declining for the second year in a row, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2018's "Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America." Read more »
Published on 2/13/2018

Climate and health: Climate hazards in Florida

The complexity of climate hazards in Florida is a result of the state's unique geography. Among the most common climate hazards in the state are severe thunderstorms, wind, lightning, floods, tornadoes, tropical storms, and hurricanes. In many cases, the frequency, magnitude, and impacts of these hazards in Florida are greater compared to the rest of the country. Read more »
Published on 2/13/2018

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