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10:12 am
Mon June 9, 2014

State Asks to Liquidate Physicians United

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 10:10 am

Florida’s Department of Financial Services on Friday asked a judge to allow a takeover of the troubled Physicians United Medicare Advantage HMO.

The DFS filed a petition in Leon County Circuit Court to place the Orlando-based plan into receivership because it is insolvent. The company’s May financial statement reported assets of $92.4 million, while liabilities amounted to $105.3 million.

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11:57 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Rebel Urologist Called ‘Menace’

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 11:10 am

Calling him “a menace to society,” the Florida Board of Medicine rejected the Department of Health’s proposed settlement to allow Dr. Ronald Wheeler to continue in practice.

The Sarasota urologist, who specializes in prostate problems and uses unusual diagnostic and treatment methods, should have his medical license suspended for at least a year and be closely monitored for at least five years after that, board members said Friday at a board hearing in Tampa.

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4:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Q&A on Donating Eggs and "The Cost of Life"

Justine Griffin
Credit Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Reporter Justine Griffin recently wrote a series in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune about her experience selling her eggs to an infertile couple living thousands of miles away. She became an egg donor after seeing a childhood friend die young, and witnessing that girl's mother trying to conceive again.

Griffin tells WUSF it wasn't just the nausea, migraines, and high levels of hormones coursing through her body that makes her say she'd never do it again.

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Board of Medicine
10:40 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Doctor Faces Board in Fatal Overdose

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 10:21 am

Dr. Betty Jo Carter, who practices medicine out of her home in Ruskin, will come before the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday on charges of speeding the death of a dying man with big doses of morphine and other painkillers.

That’s what the autopsy said killed Gary Lazar, who was suffering major organ failure, but Carter – who was Lazar’s friend and slept at his house to take care of him in his final days -- denied overmedicating him on purpose. He died in February 2012.

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Health News Florida
11:20 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Norovirus: Far More Likely To Come From Restaurant Than Cruise Ship

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 11:49 pm

If you follow the news on nasty, contagious norovirus, you might assume that the place you're most likely to get it is on a cruise ship. For one, there was that outbreak earlier this year when a group of passengers got sick with severe vomiting and diarrhea on a Royal Caribbean boat.

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Health News Florida
10:41 am
Tue June 3, 2014

5 Still in Hospital from Bad Drug Batch

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 10:11 am

After a weekend scare, in which more than two dozen people were treated at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, the threat from a bad batch of synthetic drugs called “spice” eased, with five remaining hospitalized. But health and law enforcement officials are on the alert for more cases, according to The Gainesville Sun.  

 

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News Service of Florida
9:37 am
Tue June 3, 2014

More Delays in Trauma Centers Fight

After three years of legal wrangling, challenges to the state's approval of trauma centers in Manatee and Pasco counties appear likely to linger through the summer.

Administrative law judges last week issued orders delaying until September the start of hearings in challenges filed by Tampa and St. Petersburg hospitals to trauma centers at Blake Medical Center in Manatee County and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County.

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ProPublica
10:17 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Medicare Won't Pursue Overpayments

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 12:13 pm

Medicare spent $6.7 billion too much for office visits and other patient evaluations in 2010, according to a new report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

But in its reply to the findings, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs Medicare, said it doesn't plan to review the billings of doctors who almost always charge for the most expensive visits because it isn't cost effective to do so.

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Health News Florida
9:17 am
Mon June 2, 2014

DCF Hid Reports on 30 Dead Kids

DCF Deputy Secretary Peter Digre

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:15 am

After an embarrassing article appeared in The Miami Herald in September, a regional supervisor for the Department of Children and Families ordered workers not to file required incident reports on the deaths of children who were supposed to be safeguarded by DCF, the Herald reports.

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9:02 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Synthetic Drug Sends 28 to Hospital

Scooby Snax

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 12:12 pm

Two synthetic marijuana products -- identified as "Scooby Snax" and "Purple Flake" -- have sent more than two dozen people to the hospital in Gainesville. Health and police department officials are unsure as to whether or not the tainted products, commonly called "spice," are being sold in other areas since they are illegal and hard to track.

But both law enforcement and health workers may want to be on the lookout. The drugs are apparently tainted and “highly toxic,” according to Alachua County Health Department Director Paul Myers.

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12:17 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Medicaid Overhaul Message Trickles Out

Adriana DeJesus of St. Petersburg and her children, Angel and Christian
Adriana DeJesus

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 1:38 pm

Adriana DeJesus doesn't remember getting a letter.

Her kids - 6-year-old Angel, and son, Christian – have been covered by Medicaid plans since birth. Her son’s asthma and ADHD keep her regularly connected to his doctors and make her diligent about understanding his health coverage.

But the St.Petersburg daycare worker says she missed seeing a notice that Florida is moving 3.5 million residents in its medical insurance program for the poor to a new managed care system.

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10:02 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Moffitt Adds OSU to Cancer Database

Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt Cancer Center, which began assembling a database of cancer patient tissue and clinical information a decade ago, is going national.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center on Wednesday was named the first partner in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, or ORIEN.

Moffitt’s for-profit subsidiary, M2Gen, will oversee the database’s operations. It already contains information on more than 105,000 patients.

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Health News Florida
8:08 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Malpractice Law to Be Argued Again

Less than three months after ruling that part of a controversial 2003 medical-malpractice law was unconstitutional, the Florida Supreme Court is ready to take up another dispute about limits on damages in malpractice cases.

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Health News Florida
10:44 am
Wed May 28, 2014

No Kids-in-Cars Deaths So Far

KidsAndCars.org

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:41 am

Around this time last year, five children in Florida had died after being forgotten in a vehicle. So far this year, there are no reports of such deaths in Florida, according to the child safety website KidsAndCars.org.

"I'm happy as can be that there haven't been any deaths in Florida, and we'd really like to keep it that way,” said Janette Fennell, founder of KidsAndCars.org.

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10:19 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Nothing Interim to WellCare CEO's Work

Dave Gallitano, interim CEO of Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 10:46 am

The interim CEO of WellCare Health Plans says he’s trying to move past the company’s troubles and focus on expanding its Medicare, Medicaid and prescription drug business, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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