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9:26 am
Mon March 3, 2014

E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids

E-cigarettes was a $2 billion industry last year and it's expected to hit $5 billion this year.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 5:30 pm

Electronic cigarette makers are getting bold with their advertising, using provocative new print ads and celebrity endorsements on TV. But public health advocates say these images are luring kids to hook them on nicotine.

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Health News Florida
10:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Legislature Readying Major Changes to Florida's Juvenile-Justice System

The Legislature is expected to take up major changes to Florida’s juvenile-justice system during the 2014 session, looking to put more emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation for youthful offenders.

Lawmakers also face the challenge of bringing the state into compliance with U.S. Supreme Court rulings on sentencing guidelines for underage offenders — after three straight years in which they couldn’t agree.

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Health News Florida
9:19 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Is FL a Risk to Healthcare.gov?

The Associated Press

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 10:48 am

Security experts working for the federal government last fall said two-thirds of state computer systems that were supposed to tap into federal computers to verify personal information for coverage were rated as "high risk" for security problems, the Associated Press reports.

According to a map from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Florida was one of the states the security experts identified as having a risky connection point.

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Health News Florida
9:17 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Share Your Obamacare Questions

Linda Fleming, an attorney with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, will be helping us answer the questions you still have about the Affordable Care Act.
Lottie Watts WUSF

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 9:18 am

As the deadline for getting health insurance nears, you might have some questions about how the Affordable Care Act affects you.

Well, here's your chance to ask.

We want to help sort out all of these changes resulting triggered by Obamacare, especially the looming March 31 deadline that nearly all Americans get coverage.

On an upcoming episode of Florida Matters on WUSF, we will ask a panel of experts to give practical answers to the questions important to you and your family.

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Health News Florida
7:46 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rifts Remain Over Trauma Centers

St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa is home to one of the trauma centers embroiled in a long-standing dispute with the Florida Department of Health.

The Florida Department of Health appears ready to move forward with a new proposal about divvying up trauma centers across the state --- but long-running battles about the issue could continue in the courts and spill into the Legislature.

Department officials held a hearing Tuesday about a proposed rule that would determine how many trauma centers would be allowed in 19 separate areas of the state.

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Health News Florida
9:15 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Lawmaker Hopes Third Time Is The Charm For Assisted Living Reform

Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood)

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:26 pm

South Florida's Assisted Living Facilities were the subject of a series of 2011 Miami Herald reports alleging lax oversight and abuse of residents in several South Florida facilities. Now, years later, Florida lawmakers are inching closer on bills cracking down on the industry.

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Health News Florida
10:57 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Ohio State Dean Tapped as USF Health Leader

Dr. Charles Lockwood has been named the new senior vice president of USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine.
Credit USF Health

Highlights from Dr. Charles Lockwood's conference call with reporters include his thoughts on USF opening up its own hospital, the expansion of USF Health, and the financial state of medicine, med schools and the cost for students.

Dr. Charles Lockwood is changing from a Buckeye to a Bull.

The current Dean of the Ohio State University's College of Medicine has been named the new senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine.

Lockwood, 59, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and an internationally known researcher in obstetrics and gynecology, will take the helm at USF on May 5th.

He replaces Dr. Stephen Klasko, who left last September after nine years leading USF Health to become the president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the Jefferson University Hospital System.

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Health News Florida
8:45 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Panel Stresses Accountability for Community-Based Care Agencies

Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Chair Eleanor Sobel

The Senate panel charged with reforming Florida's child-welfare system rolled out its latest proposals this week — including increased accountability for the state's 19 community-based care lead agencies.

The proposal comes after a string of children's deaths last year and would require the state Department of Children and Families to develop an "outcome-based accountability system" for child welfare, reporting findings annually to the governor and the Legislature.

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Health News Florida
10:18 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Camp Lejeune Cancer Rates Affirmed

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 10:23 am

 A new study has found that Marine and Navy personnel stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. are dying at a higher rate than personnel at other bases, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Health News Florida
10:02 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Telemedicine Ready for Reboot

Ernestine Marshall, left, and John Webb, Humana Cares field care manager
Carol Gentry/WUSF

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 11:21 am

Ernestine Marshall's every move is being watched: morning, noon and night. 

Motion-activated sensors are everywhere in her Tampa apartment: on the toilet, the front door, even the kitchen cabinet where she stores medications help manage her multiple sclerosis.

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Health News Florida
2:52 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Nurse-Power Bill Gets Its Start

Florida Capitol

A bill that would expand the authority of nurse practitioners and open a door for some to practice independently of physicians was approved by the Florida House Select Committee on Health Care Workforce Innovation on Tuesday evening.

The vote drew bipartisan support, with only two "no votes" on a board of more than a dozen. But several members said their support was tentative, that they wanted to see further debate and some tweaks.

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Health News Florida
10:18 am
Mon February 17, 2014

More Delays at Florida Health Choices

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 11:13 am

The troubled Florida Health Choices program has again delayed launching an insurance exchange separate from the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

CEO Rose Naff said the interest in purchasing discounted health and dental plans is 10 times higher than they anticipated and she wants to make sure the user experience for the initial launch is perfect. Technology experts are not only retooling the websites front pages, but are now revisiting all the infrastructure.

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Health News Florida
8:27 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Parasailing Regulations Get Launched in Senate

Associated Press

An effort to impose minimum regulations on the parasailing industry, aided by video of a ghastly accident last summer that went viral on the Internet, is starting to get off the ground in the state Legislature.

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Health News Florida
12:39 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Some Republicans Love Obamacare

Irene Jacusis of New Port Richey, who is thankful to be insured.

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 11:39 pm

By now, the Republican Party’s view of the Affordable Care Act should be pretty familiar, as in this ad from David Jolly:

“I’m fighting to repeal Obamacare, right away. It’s bad for our families, and our economy.”

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Health News Florida
12:38 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Enrollment Surges in FL

Avalere Health, a consulting company, rates Florida as one of just 15 states closing in on projected enrollment for 2014.

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 11:45 am

Despite state officials' opposition to the Affordable Care Act and the relative scarcity of helpers available,  Floridians are finding their way to Healthcare.gov and signing up for plans even beyond the growth in most states.

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