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Mike Carroll Leaving DCF, Replacement To Be Announced

Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll is leaving the agency effective Sept. 6.

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By Carol Gentry
2/9/2009 © Florida Health News
Women have two openings below the belt, which don't look anything alike. What are the odds that a doctor would get them mixed up and do a procedure on the wrong one -- not just once, but twice? What are the odds that such a doctor would keep his medical license?

By Carol Gentry
2/6/2009 © Florida Health News

The Florida Board of Medicine revoked the license of an abortion-clinic doctor on Friday, finding him guilty of medical malpractice in a 2006 case involving a fetus allegedly born alive and stuffed in a biohazard bag.

Gynecologist Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique ducked into the men's room to avoid reporters after the board's unanimous vote. Records indicate he now lives in New York state.

By Christine Jordan Sexton
2/5/2009 © Florida Health News

TALLAHASSEE— Even as critics predicted the pullout of Medicaid Reform's major contractor will be the "nail in the coffin" for the experimental program, AHCA Secretary Holly Benson defended it Thursday, saying her staff would find other plans for all 78,000 beneficiaries affected and raising the possibility that new plans will enter the market.

By Christine Jordan Sexton and Carol Gentry
 2/4/2009 © Florida Health News 
TALLAHASSEE -- WellCare Health Plans, Florida's largest Medicaid HMO contractor, will pull out of the "Reform" project in Broward and Duval counties on May 1, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration, which released a letter concerning the move.

By Christine Jordan Sexton
2/3/2009 © Florida Health News

Florida’s fiscal crisis recently spurred two groups to do the unthinkable: Nursing homes asked to be taxed, and the Republican-controlled Legislature agreed to do it.

Now, group homes that provide care and training for the developmentally disabled may ask for the same tax when lawmakers convene for their regular session in March.

By Christine Jordan Sexton
1/29/2009 © Florida Health News

Records of complaint investigations against doctors, nurses, and other licensed health professionals in Florida should be available to the public in the same way as those who have state licenses in other fields, according to a new report released Wednesday.

1/28/2009 © Florida Health News
The cost of health insurance for a Florida family will double to about $22,000 by 2016 if strong actions aren't taken to stop unproductive spending, according to a report released Wednesday by Florida Public Interest Research Group. The 24-page report cites a number of ways to reduce waste in the health-care system.

By Christine Jordan Sexton
1/22/2009 © Florida Health News

TALLAHASSEE—Medicaid HMO patients will be allowed to drop out of their health plans and switch their care to other doctors under a pair of administrative and legal actions recently approved by the state. Medicaid HMO patients will be told that they can leave their health plan if their doctors aren’t in the network of the managed care organization or if their care is poor, denied or unreasonably delayed, among other things. 

By Carol Gentry
1/16/2009 © Florida Health News

United Healthcare’s toll-free operators tell callers that its Cover Florida plans are sold exclusively through brokers. They send out a list with 23 names.

The trouble is, there are no brokers north of Ocala selling United’s products in the state-sponsored program for the uninsured. The only company selling Cover Florida in the entire upper part of the state is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida.

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