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8:46 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Tougher Compounding Rules Finally Law

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 8:47 am

Stricter regulations in the state’s compounding pharmacy industry take effect Wednesday -- two years after a national outbreak of fungal meningitis killed 64 people, including seven in Florida.

In 2012, when the New England Compounding Center outbreak happened, the state had hundreds of unregulated, non-resident facilities providing these specialized medications to Floridians. Now, the state will require permits for any pharmacies outside state boundaries that want to ship medications in state.

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Health News Florida
10:32 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Florida, Texas Expand Medicaid – For Kids

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 8:46 am

Republican lawmakers in Florida and Texas snubbed the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for adults, but their states did broaden the program this year -- for school-age children.

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Health News Florida
9:06 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Fl Corrections Dept Targets Problems with Inmate Health Care

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 9:01 pm

Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews is threatening to stop payments to a Missouri-based company that won a five-year, $1.2 billion contract to provide health care to the majority of the state's prisoners, accusing Corizon of failing to provide adequate treatment.

Crews sent a letter to Corizon CEO Woodrow Meyers on Friday saying that the company has failed to follow through after audits revealed shortcomings in multiple areas, including medical care, nursing and administration.

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Health News Florida
5:29 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Flu Shot Essential for Seniors

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 5:29 pm

Last year, about half of Hillsborough County's Medicare recipients were vaccinated for the flu. But during most flu seasons, adults 65 years of age and older account for 90 percent of all flu-related deaths.

That's why the Hillsborough County Department of Aging is teaming with the National Council on Aging’s “Flu + You” campaign to encourage seniors to get flu shots at the Senior Fun Fest Friday) in Brandon.

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Health News Florida
7:36 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Consumer Savvy Critical To Health

Dr. Lisa Schwartz and Dr. Steven Woloshin of the Dartmouth Institute Center for Medicine and the Media.

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 3:06 pm

Spend a lot of time investigating before make a big purchase? Most of us do.

But that's not always the case when it comes to medical treatments or drugs.

Dr. Steven Woloshin and Dr. Lisa Schwartz have been researching the misleading medical and pharmaceutical messages in advertisements and other media for years.

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Health News Florida
2:14 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Orlando Woman Shares Anti-Smoking Message (VIDEO)

Felicita Soto of Orlando is part of the CDC's anti-campaign.

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 10:39 am

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new ally in its graphic anti-smoking campaign.

Even though the CDC's “Tips from Former Smokers” ads are aimed at adults, Felicita Soto of Orlando says she hopes kids will get the message.  She started smoking when she was in the sixth grade. 

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Health News Florida
11:10 am
Wed September 24, 2014

FL Marketplace Adds 4 Insurers

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:54 am

The number of health insurance companies offering plans in the marketplaces this fall will increase by 25 percent, giving consumers more choices for coverage, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Tuesday.

When the marketplace enrollment reopens in November, 77 new insurers will be offering coverage in the 44 states for which HHS had data, which includes the 36 states that use the federal marketplace and eight states that run their own, the department reported.

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Health News Florida
3:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Cabinet Taps St. Lucie for Vets' Nursing Home

The Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home in St. Augustine opened in 2010. It was the newest veteran nursing home before Tuesday's vote to build a seventh facility in St. Lucie County.
Credit Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday selected St. Lucie County as the site of the state's next nursing home for military veterans -- and indicated they might consider another new nursing home next year.

Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam voted unanimously to approve the western Port St. Lucie site, which the Department of Veterans' Affairs had recommended for the state's seventh veterans' nursing home.

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Health News Florida
1:23 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

HCA Closing St. Petersburg Hospital

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 2:25 pm

For the first time since 2012, a hospital in Florida is closing its doors.

HCA West Florida announced Tuesday the 38-year-old Edward White Hospital in St. Petersburg will close by the end of November and consolidate services to three nearby hospitals it also owns.

Officials said operating costs at the aging facility continued to grow. And it pointed to a glut of hospital beds in the area: more than 1,000 in southern Pinellas County alone.

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Associated Press
10:17 am
Tue September 23, 2014

DCF Investigated Home Where 8 Died

This undated image provided by the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office shows Don Spirit, who's suspected of killing six of his grandchildren, his daughter and himself near Bell.

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 9:33 am

Two weeks before a Florida man fatally shot his daughter and six grandchildren, someone called the state child abuse hotline, worried that adults were doing drugs in front of the kids, according to documents released Monday.

Authorities said 51-year-old Donald Spirit called 911 from his mobile home Thursday warning he might hurt himself or others. By the time a deputy arrived, Spirit had committed suicide. And he had killed 28-year-old Sarah Spirit and her six children, including an infant girl born in June.

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Health News Florida
10:53 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Detert: Lawmakers Will Fix Extended Foster Care

State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice
Credit AP

The sponsor of Florida's 2013 law extending foster care to age 21 is working on a legislative fix to resolve confusion about which state agency is responsible for severely disabled young adults in the program.

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, is meeting with children's advocates and service providers about the issue, which involves whether the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities or the Department of Children and Families should pay for disabled people in foster care between ages 18 and 22.

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Health News Florida
9:45 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Scammer: Health Workers Key to FL ID Theft (VIDEO)

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 10:29 am

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Health News Florida
7:10 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Millennials: Tech Not Only Health Solution

GuideWell is testing an interactive bathroom mirror, which provides regular health updates and reminders each morning.
Mary Shedden WUSF

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:18 am

There are a lot of stereotypes out there about the millennial generation: they’re disengaged and hyper-focused on technology.

But someday, these 80 million Americans born between 1980 and 1999, will be needing health care. And a lot of it.

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Health News Florida
1:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Secret Price of Health Care: Transparency

We’ve been hearing a lot about how health care prices are kept secret in this state.

As WLRN and the Miami Herald have been documenting all this week, the tangle of employers, insurance companies and providers makes shopping for health care and health insurance difficult enough — but underneath that web is a layer of secrecy that prevents consumers from seeing what actually gets paid for care. 

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Health News Florida
10:59 am
Thu September 18, 2014

USF Health Out at Villages Clinic

Officials of USF Health & The Villages Health primary care network at the 2013 groundbreaking of USF Health Specialty Care Center.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:14 am

The University of South Florida has dropped its $4 million specialty clinic project in the Villages senior community after just six months, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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