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University Beat
7:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

USF Health Investigating Patient Data Breach

USF Health is investigating a breach that exposed the personal information of about 140 patients treated by its doctors at Tampa General Hospital.

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Health News Florida
5:14 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

How A Florida Medical School Cares For Communities In Need

With community-based health care a central part of its curriculum, Florida International University's medical school turned an RV into a mobile health clinic so that students could treat families in neighborhoods where medical care is scare.
Greg Allen/NPR

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 7:15 pm

If it's a Monday, you can usually find Dr. David Brown parked next to a lake in Miami, spending the day inside a 36-foot-long RV. He's not on vacation.

Brown is chief of family medicine at Florida International University's medical school. The RV is the school's mobile health clinic.

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Health News Florida
10:18 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Tweet Chat with Health News Florida: Thursday, May 9

Tons of health issues were brought up by the Florida Legislature this session. We've been paying close attention, and we're still sorting it all out.  

That's where you come in. We want to know what questions you have about the health issues lawmakers dealt with during the session.

Join us for a tweet chat on Thursday, May 9 at 12:15 p.m.  Make sure you're following us on Twitter  @HealthNewsFL and then tweet us your questions with the hashtag #HNFchat. 

Come join the discussion! 

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Health News Florida
6:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Symposium Addresses Relationship of Illness & Art

Megan Hildebrandt's "Counting Radiation" drawings on display in Moffitt Stabilie Research lobby
Peter Foe USF Contemporary Art Museum

The healing power of art is on display at the Moffitt Cancer Center through September, and it's also the topic of a symposium there tonight.

Megan Hildebrandt was just 25 years old when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2009. She began receiving treatment at Moffitt, and went into remission in 2011. She graduated from USF with her Master of Fine Arts degree last year, and now lives in Texas.

Now, a collection of her drawings reflecting on her time as a patient is on display in the lobby of the Moffitt Stabile Research building, where she'll speak at a symposium called "Witnessing Cancer: Communicating Illness through Visual Art and Narrative" tonight at 6 p.m.

WUSF's Mark Schreiner talks with artist & cancer survivor Megan Hildebrandt about how her illness inspired her art, and her appearance at tonight's symposium at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

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11:22 am
Fri March 8, 2013

New Port Richey Eye Doctor Brings Sight to the Amazon

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Dr. Carey Rowan got to take in the wonders of the Amazon jungle during his recent trip to Colombia. What really mattered to this board-certified ophthalmologist, however, was what he helped others see. As part of a philanthropic mission trip coordinated through Medical Ministry International, Rowan and other volunteers distributed 5,000 pairs of glasses — many collected through the Lions Club — to those who needed them. They conducted 600 eye exams every day at a local hospital.
Dr. Carey Rowan got to take in the wonders of the Amazon jungle during his recent trip to Colombia. What really mattered to this board-certified ophthalmologist, however, was what he helped others see.
Health News Florida
9:21 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Delay in Fraud Case Put Patients at Risk

U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill

Dr. Steven Wasserman has entered the history books of health fraud. The Venice dermatologist recently agreed to pay $26 million to settle charges of Medicare fraud without admitting wrongdoing.

It is one of the largest one-man settlements in the nation's history, a "watershed event," says Robert O'Neill, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

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University Beat
1:31 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Moffitt Cancer Center Breaks Ground on $74 Million Outpatient Facility

Officials from Moffitt, local & state governement break ground on the new McKinley Outpatient Facility
Mark Schreiner WUSF News

WUSF's Mark Schreiner with the University Beat report on Moffitt Cancer Center's expansion.

Ground has been broken on the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center's new McKinley Drive Outpatient facility, which will serve patients with a variety of cancers, while also creating a number of jobs for the Tampa Bay area. This week's University Beat on WUSF Public Media has more on what the plan means for Moffitt, USF and the community.

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Health News Florida
6:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Moffitt Breaks Ground on New Site

rendering of Moffitt's McKinley Drive outpatient facility
Moffitt Cancer Center

Ground has been broken on the latest expansion of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, with both the economic and physical health of the Bay area being the main beneficiaries.

Moffitt Cancer Center's new outpatient care facility will be located on McKinley Drive, about two miles south of Moffitt's main site on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus. The 200,000 square foot, eight story structure will feature four ambulatory surgical suites and clinical space for Moffitt's breast and skin cancer programs.

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Health News Florida
2:09 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Walk While You Talk: The Meeting Goes Mobile

This meeting will now come to order.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 1:17 pm

Who likes meetings? Anybody?

Didn't think so.

Now what if the meeting were held on the go instead of in a stuffy conference room?

If that sounds a little better, then try a walking meeting. You and your colleagues can talk shop and get some exercise.

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Health News Florida
5:44 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Rick Scott's Medicaid Expansion Estimate Inflated

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks in Fort Lauderdale in May.
J. Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 6:26 pm

Florida and several other states are wrestling with a decision: whether to expand Medicaid.

When the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last year, the court said states could opt out of that part of the law. But it's key. It would provide coverage to millions of low-income Americans who currently have no health insurance.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he's concerned about how much expanding Medicaid would cost. But others charge the governor is exaggerating.

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Health News Florida
9:40 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Legislative Analysts Told Scott His Medicaid Estimates Are Wrong (But He's Using Them Anyway)

Gov. Rick Scott and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met Monday

The state’s chief economist has warned the staff of Gov. Rick Scott that his Medicaid cost estimates are wrong, but Scott keeps using them anyway, according to a series of e-mails obtained by Health News Florida.

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Health News Florida
10:09 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Couple Chooses to Fight for Tiny Baby's Life

Credit Tampa Bay Times
  • Kelly Benham and Tom French talk about their fight to save their daughter. She was born at 23 weeks and weighed only one pound.

When Kelley Benham and Tom French’s daughter was born at 23 weeks, doctors told them the situation was grim. Half the babies born this early do not survive. Every body part is underdeveloped at this age and many face disabilities.

The couple was told they would have to make a very tough choice: allow their baby to die or fight for her survival. They chose to fight.

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Health News Florida
6:34 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Feds Say 'No' To Partial Medicaid Expansion

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks about expanding Medicaid during a speech to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 14. The federal government hasn't set a deadline for states to decide on their Medicaid expansion plans.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 10:55 am

The Affordable Care Act, as passed by Congress in 2010, assumed that every low-income person would have access to health insurance starting in 2014.

That's when about 17 million Americans — mostly unmarried healthy adults with incomes up to 133 percent of poverty, or about $15,000 a year — would gain access to Medicaid.

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Health News Florida
11:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Health News Florida Has a Great New Website

For all of you interested in health news, consider this a holiday present.

WUSF Public Media recently acquired Health News Florida, an award-winning website focused on explaining how health policy affects you and your family.

As of today, Health News Florida has a beautiful new website, with more health stories from NPR, and great audio and video as well.

Health News Florida also is producing a weekly radio feature that’s aired every Thursday on WUSF 89.7 and on public radio stations throughout the state of Florida.

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Health News Florida
2:43 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

BayCare Ends Contract With UnitedHealthcare, Affecting 400,000

St. Joseph's in Tampa is the largest of the 10-hospital BayCare group.

One of the nation's largest health insurers has been shown the door by BayCare Health System, Tampa Bay's dominant non-profit hospital chain.

The dispute over money affects 400,000 United customers in employer, Medicare and Medicaid plans,  said Elizabeth Calzadilla-Fiallo, spokeswoman for the Florida division of the Minnesota-based insurer.

Medicare members are in open enrollment until Dec. 7, so those who want to switch to a different health  plan still have time to do so.  BayCare, in letters and newspaper ads, has been inviting them to make the switch.

Meanwhile, United has taken the unusual step of making some of the contract numbers public to back up its argument that BayCare is being greedy. For its part, BayCare says United owes millions in unpaid bills.

Customers are left in the middle.

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