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11:18 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Hospitals Teaming Up to Build New Facility

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:19 pm

Tampa General Hospital and Florida Hospital are partnering to build a $60-million “healthplex,” start a home care agency and offer hospice care, the 

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3:03 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Moffitt Cancer Center Explores Idea of New Hospital

It's an idea that's apparently in its very early stages, but officials from Moffitt Cancer Center tell the Tampa Bay Times they're looking at the possibility of building a new hospital twice as large as its current facility. Because there's no more available land near where Moffitt's hospital is currently built on the University of South Florida Tampa campus, Moffitt officials say they'd like tear down the current building and replace it with a 12-story structure.
TAMPA - Moffitt Cancer Center officials are considering a plan to replace the pressed-for-space hospital with a new building that would be more than twice as tall. Most general hospitals are losing inpatient business as many procedures are increasingly done on an outpatient basis.
Health News Florida
8:34 am
Fri January 9, 2015

New Tool Used to Diagnose Concussions

IPortal - PAS goggle, from medical equipment manufacturer Neuro Kinetics Inc.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine med.miami.edu

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 9:04 am

According to a report from the NCAA, a little more than seven percent of injuries in college football are concussions. 

The term concussion started to gain steam in the American vernacular a few years ago. Former high-profile players had committed suicide and some wanted to link the player's deaths to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The death of former Pittsburgh Steelers player Mike Webster is seen as the incident that launched the CTE debate.

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Health News Florida
8:33 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Health Care Activists Call For Medicaid Expansion

Mariamee Rodriguez and her daughter both fall into the Medicaid "coverage gap."

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 7:05 am

Health care advocates gathered across Florida today — in Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and Miami — calling on the state to accept federal funds and expand its Medicaid program.

A handful of people gathered in outside the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in Miami, several with big black circles painted under their eyes, making them appear sickly. Others wore face masks with slogans like “no coverage equals death” written on them.

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Health News Florida
8:32 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Medical Pot Headed Back Onto Ballot?

Orlando attorney John Morgan
Credit The Ledger

Proponents of a medical-marijuana ballot initiative that fell short of passing in November are making a second attempt to legalize weed in Florida.

Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, who pumped at least $2 million of his own money into the effort last year, said he filed proposed language Thursday with the Department of State for a 2016 constitutional amendment.

"We lost the battle. We plan to win the war," Morgan said.

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Health News Florida
12:28 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Mobile Market Delivers Healthful Choice

The Fresh Stop bus has routes through more than a dozen low-income Orlando neighborhoods.
TheFreshStopBus.com

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 11:47 am

The promise of a new year often comes with a familiar resolution: eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and get healthy.

But for the 23.5 million Americans living without easy access to a grocery store, eating healthy isn’t easy.

One Central Florida nonprofit this week started bringing a mobile farmer's market into neighborhoods that need it.

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Health News Florida
8:36 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Plans, Choices Changing in Year Two

Lottie Watts WUSF

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 9:13 am

  

Back in November, Phil Ammann of St. Petersburg was figuring out what he was going to do for health insurance. He found himself having to select a new plan, since the plan he bought on HealthCare.gov, was no longer going to be an option in 2015.

He wasn't the only Floridian going back to re-enroll in a plan.  According to federal health officials, 51 percent of the 673,255 Floridians who enrolled during the first weeks of enrollment were returning customers. 

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Health News Florida
8:22 am
Thu January 8, 2015

State Mulls Possible End to Health-Funding Program

Justin Senior, deputy secretary for the Agency for Health Care Administration
Credit Agency for Health Care Administration

State health-care officials expect to receive a report next week that spells out options for dealing with the possible end of a program that has provided $1 billion a year to help care for low-income and uninsured people.

The Low Income Pool, or LIP, program is scheduled to expire June 30, unless the federal government approves an extension.

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Health News Florida
8:08 am
Wed January 7, 2015

State: Old Medicaid System For Kids 'No Longer Exists'

Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah
Credit Florida Senate

Arguing that Medicaid has undergone a transformation, state officials pushed back Wednesday against a federal judge's finding that Florida has not properly provided health care to low-income children.

"Everything around the program has changed,'' state Medicaid director Justin Senior told the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. "He (the judge) is critiquing a situation on the ground that no longer exists, and that's unfortunate."

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Health News Florida
8:20 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Prominent Cardiologist Sued for Fraud

Dr. Asad Qamar

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 10:22 am

One of the top Medicare billers in the country, Central Florida cardiologist Asad Qamar, is the target of two lawsuits accusing him of systematic Medicare fraud, including padding bills and performing unnecessary procedures.

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Health News Florida
8:19 am
Tue January 6, 2015

FL Being Hit Hard By Flu

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 6:23 pm

Florida is a major player in widespread influenza reported in 43 states so far this season.

Levels of transmission have reached epidemic proportions, according to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials say that a mutation in the flu virus may be to blame for the rising number of flu cases this year.

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Health News Florida
11:25 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

State Report Says Fraud Down In 'No Fault' Claims

A 2012 effort to reform the state's "no-fault" auto insurance system has halted the growth of fraud in the system, according to a new state report. But the numbers released Monday are still considered too preliminary to show the full impact of the law.

The report by the Office of Insurance Regulation found that since the law (HB 119) went into place on Jan. 1, 2013, there has been a drop in the number of personal-injury protection claims filed and dollars sought.

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Health News Florida
1:09 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Judge: FL Medicaid for Kids Violates Law

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 12:11 pm

A federal judge has ruled that Florida’s health care system for impoverished and disabled children violates several U.S. laws.

In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan of Miami said lawmakers had for years set the state’s Medicaid budget at an artificially low level, causing pediatricians and other specialists for children to opt out of the insurance program for the needy.

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Health News Florida
1:06 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

FL Leads in Marketplace Enrollment

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 8:51 am

What a difference a year makes.

With its technical troubles largely behind it, Healthcare.gov enrolled 1.9 million new customers for health insurance between Nov. 15 and Dec. 18.

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Health News Florida
11:42 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Series Reporting: Health Plan Enrollment in FL under the Affordable Care Act

In 2014, nearly 1 million Floridians enrolled in a health insurance plan on HealthCare.gov. Under the Affordable Care Act, most Americans had to buy health insurance, or they would face a tax penalty. In these stories, Lottie Watts looked at outreach efforts, the lack of dental coverage under the law and enrollment through the federal marketplace by Floridians. 

Pirates, Beads and Health Insurance

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