July 21, 2019

Healthcare

Florida Health Announces Take Control Website to Inform Public on Controlled Substances Bill

The Florida Department of Health is announcing a new campaign aimed at informing the public about the Controlled Substances Bill (CS/CS/HB 21) that took effect in Florida on July 1, 2018. Read more »
Published on 8/7/2018

Florida Is 2018's 10th Worst State for Health Care

With the Affordable Care Act remaining in effect and the CDC reporting that over 88 percent of the population has a regular place to go for medical care, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Best & Worst States for Health Care as well as accompanying videos. Read more »
Published on 8/6/2018

NSU Hosts White Coat Ceremony for First M.D. Class and 38th Entering D.O. Class

Florida-based Nova Southeastern University Becomes First University in the Nation to Train D.O. and M.D. Students on the Same Campus Read more »
Published on 7/31/2018

Quiet giant: Pediatric Associates treats half a million patients

A Plantation pediatric company has quietly grown into Florida's and the nation's largest private pediatric practice. Read more »
Published on 7/27/2018

The bug buzz: Florida is fertile ground for viruses that may piggyback on tourists

“We're basically the equivalent of a tropical country sitting here in the United States.” Read more »
Published on 7/27/2018

Babies in Florida: The healthiest and unhealthiest counties for infants

Birth Rates; Florida's Caesarean Line; mothers who smoke; obesity and pregnancy; breastfeeding Read more »
Published on 7/27/2018

Trend: ‘Health in all policies' takes root

Individual and community health often are a function of larger social and economic factors such as income, education and social engagement... Read more »
Published on 7/27/2018

Florida has a pattern of cutting spending on public health

By one measure, Florida cut its total spending on public health by 35% between 2009 and 2015. Read more »
Published on 7/27/2018

A healthier approach: Hotelier Harris Rosen makes health care a priority

Hotelier Harris Rosen has a small empire, with nine hotels around Orlando. You might not expect to find out that Rosen is also an innovator in health care... Read more »
Published on 7/27/2018

How healthy is Florida?

Health snapshots from around the state Read more »
Published on 7/27/2018

Funding For Obamacare Navigators In Florida Cut By 81 Percent

Programs that help people sign up for Affordable Care Act plans in Florida will have their funding cut by 81 percent this year. Read more »
Published on 7/24/2018

Florida's Medical Marijuana Implementation Continues To Vex Lawmakers

The Department's Office of Compassionate Use has been slammed with nearly two dozen lawsuits, half which continue to be litigated. But speaking to reporters after a Wednesday budget review committee, Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park, says the department is getting better. Read more »
Published on 7/24/2018

More Medical Marijuana Licenses Will Increase Access

The Florida Department of Health is committed to ensuring qualified patients have safe, reliable access to low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. In an effort to continue to expand availability of this treatment, the department will accept applications for registration as a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) through a new rule. This new rule addresses the Pigford Class License and the four additional licenses available upon reaching 100,000 patients, as outlined by the Florida Legislature in 2017. Read more »
Published on 7/17/2018

Joe Harpaz Joins Modernizing Medicine as President and Chief Operating Officer

Specialty-specific healthcare information technology leader, Modernizing Medicine, Inc., has appointed Mr. Joe Harpaz as the company's president and chief operating officer (COO). Mr Harpaz will lead all direct customer-facing activities, with an emphasis on scaling the business and supporting its customers as they navigate the shifting healthcare landscape. Read more »
Published on 7/16/2018

About Cleveland Clinic's Coral Springs Family Health Center

You're Invited - Coral Springs Family Health Center Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Read more »
Published on 7/13/2018

Florida Healthy Kids Debuts Monthly Insurance Premium Calculator

http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/florida-healthy-kids-debuts-monthly-insurance-premium-calculator#stream/0 Read more »
Published on 7/10/2018

Florida Health Reminds Residents To Drain and Cover To Protect From Mosquito-Borne Illness

The Florida Department of Health reminds residents and visitors that it is important to “Drain and Cover” this National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2018

Florida's obesity rate may be higher than originally thought, new study finds

A widely used national health survey puts the overall obesity rate in Florida at 27.8 percent, but a new study based on an analysis of a robust clinical data repository shows a rate of 37.1 percent — nearly 10 percentage higher. Read more »
Published on 6/18/2018

Floridians Took Zika Virus More Seriously Than Rest of U.S., But Most Did Nothing

Threatened by the mosquito-borne Zika virus in 2016, Florida residents felt more susceptible than others in the United States to getting the virus, were more knowledgeable about it, and were more likely to support taking community action against it. Read more »
Published on 6/14/2018

Florida Regulators Struggle To Keep Up With Medical Marijuana Industry

Florida's embattled medical marijuana office continues wading through rulemaking—two years after Florida voters approved the system. But the industry is moving faster than regulators ability to govern it, leading to problems. Read more »
Published on 6/12/2018

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

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