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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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Health News Florida
9:25 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Report: FL Losing Most ACA Medicaid Money

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 1:02 pm

Florida looks to lose more federal money set aside for Medicaid than any state that has opted out of expanding the health care program for the poor, says a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute.

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Health News Florida
8:19 am
Fri August 15, 2014

WellCare Names Future CFO

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 7:44 am

Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans, Inc. has named Andrew “Drew” Asher as senior vice president, and anticipates he will become Chief Financial Officer in November.

Since 2013, Asher has been CFO of Aetna's Local and Regional Businesses, WellCare said in a statement. Prior to that, Asher also spent 15 years with Coventry Health Care, which was acquired by Aetna, serving as its senior vice president of corporate finance.

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Health News Florida
8:33 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Bondi: FDA Cigar Rules 'Overbroad'

Credit Lottie Watts

Attorney General Pam Bondi labeled as "overbroad" the federal government's proposed regulations to link electronic cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products to the same rules as the cigarette industry.

Bondi wrote in a letter that she wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to consider the potential impact of the announced rule changes on Ybor City cigar manufacturer J.C. Newman Cigar, urging the federal agency to "more narrowly tailor these overbroad regulations."

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Health News Florida
10:49 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Sex Talk Didn't Help HPV Vaccine

Dr. Anne Schuchat, left, stands next to a poster promoting HPV vaccination. The poster and other education materials were created by USF Public Health graduate students.
Mary Shedden/WUSF

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 10:57 am

Florida lags behind the rest of the country in vaccinating children for the human papillomavirus

Part of the problem started eight years ago, when the HPV vaccine was introduced as a way to prevent a sexually transmitted infection that researchers knew was a major cause of cervical cancer and other disease.

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Health News Florida
10:48 am
Wed August 13, 2014

93K in FL Need to Send Documents to Keep Coverage

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 10:27 am

The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law. Florida has the most cases at 93,800.

The Obama administration said Tuesday that letters are going out to about 310,000 people whose citizenship or immigration details don't match what the government has on file. 

These consumers need to send in their documentation by Sept. 5. Otherwise their coverage will end Sept. 30.

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Health News Florida
2:12 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

FDA Receives 75K Comments on Proposed Cigar Rule

The J.C. Newman Cigar Company in Tampa's Ybor City.
Lottie Watts WUSF

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Division of Dockets Management says it has received 75,000 comments on a proposed rule on tobacco products. That's thousands more comments than most other proposals. 

"It's looking like it ranks in the top 10 of all time," Ryan Cleaver, a docket specialist with the agency, said of the public comment period that ends today. 

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Health News Florida
7:50 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Court OKs Sound Restriction Outside Health Facilities

Rejecting arguments of anti-abortion activists, a federal appeals court Wednesday refused to block a West Palm Beach ordinance that bans amplified sound outside health-care facilities.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down a request for a preliminary injunction against the ordinance, which bars amplified sound, such as from loudspeakers, within 100 feet of the property line of any health-care facility, including abortion clinics.

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Health News Florida
7:41 am
Thu August 7, 2014

No Documents? No Problem Here

Sister Sara Proctor of the Catholic Mobile Medical Ministries of the Diocese of St. Petersburg
Mary Shedden/WUSF

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 1:49 pm

The dirt road and lush tree canopy leading to the Catholic Charities medical clinic is in stark contrast to the bright lights surrounding the nearest hospital.

Here, sirens would be drowned out by choruses of crickets and katydids.

But this refurbished double-wide trailer off a rural highway in Dover is a medical refuge for some agricultural workers and their families.

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Health News Florida
7:40 am
Thu August 7, 2014

So Are Premiums Up or Down?

Elizabeth Carpenter of Avalere Health, a consulting company.

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 8:58 pm

Some premiums on the federal health exchange for 2015 are going up. Some are going down. That's all the public really knows right now.

But it appears that the big idea behind the marketplace -- creating competition -- may be working, since three new companies have joined the 11 early adopters, according to Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation.

The OIR released a forecast for a 13 percent premium hike for 2015 plans on the federal marketplace (Healthcare.gov) earlier this week.

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Law & Order
10:44 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Biogenesis Owner Will Plead Guilty

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 10:44 am

    

The former clinic owner accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez has agreed to plead guilty in what prosecutors called a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute steroids to both major league ballplayers and high school athletes.

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Health News Florida
10:27 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Anesthesiologists Fight AHCA over New Rule

 The Florida Society of Anesthesiologists this week filed a legal challenge against the state Agency for Health Care Administration because of a new proposal dealing with anesthesiology services in ambulatory surgical centers. The challenge, which will go before an administrative law judge, argues that AHCA overstepped its legal authority in drawing up a proposed rule. At least in part, the challenge contends the rule would allow certified registered nurse anesthetists to supervise anesthesiologist assistants.

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Health News Florida
1:41 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Feds OK Medicaid Managed Care Program For Three Years

Federal officials have approved a three-year extension of a program that requires almost all Florida Medicaid beneficiaries to enroll in managed-care plans.

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in a letter Thursday, formally approved the extension of what is known as a Medicaid "waiver." The move was expected, as federal officials indicated in April they would approve the extension, which will last through June 30, 2017.

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Health News Florida
7:33 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Lawmaker Wants All Child Deaths Reported

Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood

The Senate sponsor of Florida's sweeping new child-welfare law says she'll be back next year with a bill to expand its reporting requirements.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel, chairwoman of the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee, said the new law doesn’t go far enough in requiring all children's deaths to be reported.

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Health News Florida
12:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Doctor Faces Discipline for Sexting

Tuan Kishfran Imran Dean

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:50 pm

A doctor who got into trouble for sexting at work will be called before the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday to explain why he should be allowed to keep practicing.

Dr. Tuan Kishfran Imran Dean, a family practitioner in The Villages, was working at a Doctor Today walk-in clinic in Lakeland when he displayed inappropriate conduct in August 2011, according to Department of Health records.

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