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August 18, 2018

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Florida Is 2018's State with the 8th Worst Dental Health

With February being National Children's Dental Health Month and dental health having an effect on appearance, general well-being and even earnings, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018's States with the Best & Worst Dental Health. Read more »
Published on 2/1/2018

NSU Surpasses $250 Million Fundraising Goal with Two Significant Philanthropic Gifts

New Donations Support Colleges of Allopathic Medicine and Nursing; Help Position NSU as THE South Florida Destination for Health Care Education Read more »
Published on 1/27/2018

More birth defects seen in parts of U.S. with local Zika spread

Birth defects most strongly linked to Zika virus infection during pregnancy have increased in parts of the United States that have had local Zika virus transmission, according to a report in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Areas with local transmission of Zika – southern Florida, a portion of south Texas, and Puerto Rico – saw a 21 percent increase in births with outcomes most strongly linked to Zika virus in the last half of 2016 compared with births in the first half of that year. Read more »
Published on 1/26/2018

Growing opioid epidemic forcing more children into foster care

The opioid epidemic has become so severe it's considered a national public health emergency. Addiction to prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone and morphine, has contributed to a dramatic rise in overdose deaths and health care costs. What many don't realize, it's also associated with an alarming number of children placed into foster care. Read more »
Published on 1/9/2018

Florida's Health Department to offer free HIV prevention drug in 2018

Orange County will offer Prep at free or reduced costs starting in the second quarter of 2018. Kent Donahue with the Orange County Health Department said the goal is to offer free or low-cost PrEP at all county health departments by the end of 2018. Read more »
Published on 1/2/2018

Anthem, Inc. Completes Acquisition of HealthSun

Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) announced the completion of its acquisition of HealthSun, one of the fastest-growing integrated Medicare Advantage health plans and health care delivery networks in Florida. Read more »
Published on 12/28/2017

Orthopedics – A trend toward less surgery

University of Central Florida sports medicine doctor Michael Seifert is among a growing cadre of physicians who now specialize in non-operative treatments of many sports and orthopedic conditions. Read more »
Published on 12/28/2017

Proposed opioid funding, reforms circulating through Florida legislature

Several proposals to combat the opioid epidemic are circulating through the Florida House and Senate. They include $50 million in funding for resources, and a three-day limit on prescribed opioids, unless strict conditions are met for a seven-day supply. Read more »
Published on 12/27/2017

Florida Universities Address Growing Mental Health Concerns

Florida universities don't always have the resources to help students with mental illnesses. Addressing mental health issues is a serious problem faced by institutions. They are expected to play a central role in identifying symptoms and helping individuals succeed. WFSU spoke to a student who feels her university offered support during a difficult time. Read more »
Published on 12/21/2017

Florida Achieved 6 of 10 Indicators in Report on Health Emergency Preparedness

Florida's Flu Vaccination Rate is 43.3 Percent, 12th Lowest Read more »
Published on 12/21/2017

Four Orlando Health hospitals earn Top Hospital designations

Fewer than six percent of U.S. hospitals achieve the prestigious recognition Read more »
Published on 12/8/2017

First Responder PTSD Bill Gets Hearing This Week

A bill to expand workers' compensation coverage to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder is getting a hearing Tuesday in Tallahassee. Read more »
Published on 12/5/2017

Former WellCare General Counsel Sentenced To 6 Months

The former general counsel for WellCare was sentenced to six months in federal prison for making a false statement to the Florida Medicaid Program. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2017

Nearly 500,000 Floridians Enroll During Obamacare's First 3 Weeks

Nearly 500,000 Floridians signed up for an Affordable Care Act plan in the first three weeks of enrollment. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2017

Hospital leaders in Florida take on the competition

NCH's Allen Weiss combines number-crunching with a focus on prevention. “What's disappointing and a little surprising is that our nation is not embracing prevention. We need economic incentives to get people to do healthy things. And we need to reward physicians and hospitals for keeping people healthy,” Weiss said. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2017

In Florida, malpractice lawsuits rarely lead to discipline

A weekly alert that contains in-depth news, information, insight and analysis on the most critical health care related issues and topics facing Florida. Read more »
Published on 11/20/2017

Florida Hospital is first in nation to receive innovative surgical robot

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. Read more »
Published on 11/15/2017

23 Nursing Homes Have Not Responded to Requirements in the AHCA Emergency Rule

On Wednesday, Secretary Justin Senior of the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) announced that 23 nursing homes have not responded to requirements in Emergency Rule 59AER17-1. Read more »
Published on 11/9/2017

BayCare Health System Welcomes Publix Retail Pharmacies

Collaboration Includes Walk-in Care Centers and Health Screening Stations at Publix Read more »
Published on 10/23/2017

Hospitals Make Housing the Homeless Part of Their Job

During the five years Tony Price roamed the streets and dozed in doorways, the emergency rooms of Sacramento's hospitals were a regular place for him to sleep off a hard day's drinking. Read more »
Published on 10/17/2017

Backers Worry About How Medical Marijuana Data Will Be Used

Gov. Rick Scott this summer signed into law a bill that implemented the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, known as Amendment 2, which mandated an expansion of the state's medical cannabis program. Read more »
Published on 10/17/2017

Florida Blue statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he will end health care subsidies

The following is Florida Blue's statement from Oct. 13 in response to President Trump's announcement that he will stop health care subscidies to participants of the Affordable Care Act: Read more »
Published on 10/17/2017

Single Case of Locally Transmitted Zika Identified in Manatee County

The Florida Department of Health has announced that a locally transmitted case of Zika has been confirmed in Manatee County. There is no evidence of ongoing, active transmission of Zika. According to CDC guidance, this isolated case does not constitute a Zika zone. Read more »
Published on 10/13/2017

NSU's New M.D. College Receives Preliminary Accreditation; First Class to Start in 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Allopathic Medicine has received preliminary accreditation - a major milestone that allows the new medical school to accept an inaugural class of 50 students into its innovative and coveted Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program, which will matriculate in August 2018. Read more »
Published on 10/11/2017

Primer: Why Florida Obamacare health insurance rates are going up 45%

Companies offering insurance on Florida's health care marketplace are increasing individual premiums by $208 dollars a month on average next year. Read more »
Published on 10/10/2017

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