Health News Florida

10:31 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Interest in Medical Marijuana Business High Around Florida

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If medical marijuana does pass, crafting regulations won't start in earnest until next year. Only then will potential growers and dispensers know how much business opportunity may exist. While a lot remains unsettled, budding entrepreneurs across the state already have incorporated several dozen companies with such names as Cannabiz, Cannabis Hemporium and Marijuana Farmacy in an effort to get in on the ground floor of the industry.
The website features a photo of bright green marijuana buds covered in what looks like white crystals, announcing that Gainesville Green Cross is "Florida's premier marijuana dispensary" and the spot for "Gainesville's best cannabis." The home-page menu links to a page advising "our menus are coming soon ...
Health News Florida
10:25 am
Tue September 2, 2014

States Help Pay ACA Tax On Insurers

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 8:36 am

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it required health insurers, hospitals, device makers and pharmaceutical companies to share in the cost because they would get a windfall of new, paying customers.

But with an $8 billion tax on insurers due Sept. 30 -- the first time the new tax is being collected -- the industry is getting help from an unlikely source: taxpayers.

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11:01 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Polk Sheriff Judd, John Morgan Square Off Over Medical Marijuana

Credit Robin Sussingham

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 700 people packed into a high school auditorium in Lakeland Thursday night. They came to see Florida heavyweights John Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd square off over legalizing medical marijuana.

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Health News Florida
9:12 am
Thu August 28, 2014

WellCare, Amerigroup Name New FL COOs

Judi Peterson

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 12:18 pm

Two major health care groups have named new Chief Operating Officers for their Florida operations.

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Health News Florida
8:08 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Gualtieri: Medical Pot Vote Pushes Recreational Use

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Credit Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is helping lead an effort to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana. Both a lawman and an attorney, Gualtieri was appointed sheriff by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011. He was elected in his own right the following year.

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Health News Florida
8:33 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Obamacare Sign-Ups to Rise 23%?

Jack McDermott, Director of Life & Health Products Review, Florida Office of Insurance Regulation

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 1:43 pm

The number of Floridians enrolled in individual health plans under the Affordable Care Act in June was 866,485, according to new state data compiled from insurers’ reports. The carriers expect enrollment to rise to 1.1 million next year, an increase of 23 percent.

The Office of Insurance Regulation is scheduled to present that and other information on the state's Affordable Care Act implementation Tuesday to the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board. Made up mostly of industry representatives, it was created to advise state agencies.

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Health News Florida
8:22 am
Tue August 26, 2014

DJJ Cancels Contract with Controversial Provider

Santa Rosa Substance Abuse Treatment Center
Credit Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has canceled a contract with a controversial operator of a 40-bed residential facility in Santa Rosa County, with potentially far-reaching implications for the way the state rehabilitates juvenile offenders.

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7:34 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Physicians United Members Face Deadline

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 10:05 am

Sunday is the final day seniors covered by a now-defunct Medicare Advantage plan can select a different policy.

The state’s Department of Financial Services took over operation of the Physician’s United Plan in early June, when it was more than $13 million in debt and unable to pay many creditors.

  

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Health News Florida
9:43 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Obamacare Still 'Red Meat' for GOP

Tuesday's vote will determine party candidates in many Congressional primaries.

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:29 am

Beverly Hires, a former nurse running for Congress in Jupiter, one of the nation’s rare competitive House races, ticks off her problems with the federal health care law: higher premiums, cancelled policies and employers cutting full-time jobs.

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Health News Florida
5:25 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

CannaDay Comes To Ybor

Credit Nathan Powell

CannaDay Tampa Bay was in Ybor on Friday. Activists, entrepreneurs and patients gathered to discuss medical cannabis and its future in Florida.

Some industry projections show that if legalized, medical marijuana will help 420,000 patients in Florida, which would be the third most in the United States. Peter Sessa, Chief Operating Officer of the Florida Cannabis Coalition.

He says the Cannabis industry has a bright future in the state of Florida.

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9:06 am
Fri August 22, 2014

FDA Panel Says No; Docs Say Yes

Dr. Ronald Wheeler
YouTube.com

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 9:06 am

Sarasota urologist  Ronald Wheeler says he's going to continue doing a controversial prostate-cancer treatment, even though an FDA panel recently voted against it and even though the state could punish him for it.

Because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the French device that Wheeler uses for high-intensity focused ultrasound, called HIFU, he has been treating his patients in Mexico.

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Health News Florida
9:04 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Moms Rally to Legalize Medical Marijuana - For Their Kids

In June, the state legislature legalized an oil form marijuana called Charlotte’s Web for medicinal use.

It doesn’t have a lot of THC - the substance that gets a user “high,” but it is supposed to have certain medicinal benefits.

A new organization of moms, though, say that’s not enough. They are rallying to get Amendment 2 passed in November. It would legalize a broader spectrum of medicinal marijuana.

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7:53 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Coasters Thrill, Drill the Body

Guests at Busch Gardens Tampa can experience rides such as Cheetah Hunt without having to get on the ride.
Mary Shedden/WUSF

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:34 pm

Just hearing the CLICK, CLICK, CLICK of a roller coaster car making its ascent makes some of us on the ground break into a cold, cold, cold sweat.

The heart's racing. And you're queasy. Very, very queasy.

But what exactly is happening inside those bodies brave enough to be strapped into massive body harnesses so they can head up, up, up… and very far down in three minutes or less?

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9:28 am
Wed August 20, 2014

15 FL Scientists Named 'Most Influential'

Roy Baumeister, Ph.D, FSU psychologist

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 9:21 am

A list of "cutting-edge" scientists who have the most influence on their fields -- using citations by other scholars as the yardstick -- includes 15 researchers based in Florida.

While most are known only in their field of study, a handful have made news. One even co-authored a bestseller.

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3:27 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Data Breach Hits Hospital Chain

Bayfront Health Hospital of Spring Hill

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 8:43 am

Community Health Systems, which operates 24 hospitals in Florida, said a cyber attack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

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