A new study that lays out what each state stands to gain or lose in Medicaid expansion makes sober reading for Floridians. It says if the state sticks with the decision to boycott, Florida will not only forfeit billions of dollars each year but also send its own billions in tax money to subsidize health care in other states.
The analysis published by the Commonwealth Fund looked at the year 2012 and concluded:
When Charlie Bates sexually assaulted four University of South Florida students and terrorized dozens of others in September, he was under the influence of an ingredient found in synthetic bath salts. An autopsy of the man killed in a shootout with police found “an extremely high level” of methylone in Bates’ system at the time of death, according to The Tampa Tribune.
Medical marijuana supporters and foes are eager to find out if they swayed Florida’s Supreme Court justices considering a proposed state ballot referendum.
As Health News Florida reported Thursday, judges appeared most curious about how the ballot language defined disease and medical conditions. The court must approve the language before it can be placed on the November ballot.
People filling out insurance applications on the federal marketplace may learn they're eligible for Medicaid and their information is being sent to state officials to sign them up. However, states are getting unusable information because of technical problems that continue to plague the website.
Patients and their lawyers face a potentially steep increase in the cost of obtaining copies of their medical records following action by the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday.
The board, meeting in Orlando, voted unanimously to raise the cap on charges for copying to $1 a page "or actual cost," whichever is less. It makes no difference whether the copies are paper or electronic.
The new charges will not take effect right away, because the board has to start all over again on the rule-making process. That typically takes months.
Florida Supreme Court justices who will decide whether medical marijuana will come up for a vote next November kept asking the same question over and over in a hearing Thursday morning:
What is the difference between a "disease" and a "medical condition" (and should the state leave it up to physicians to decide)?
The ballot language -- limited to a brief summary of the six-page amendment --says a "yes" vote would allow "the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases..." The title would be: "Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions."
The Florida Department of Health’s new plan for approving hospital trauma centers continues to attract debate from parties that have bickered over the issue for years.
At a hearing Wednesday in Orlando, supporters of suburban, mostly for-profit hospitals applauded the plan that could increase the state’s number of trauma centers from 25 to 43, the News Service of Florida reported.
If you weren't looking for it, you might miss it, sitting between a nail salon and a discount grocery store in a shopping plaza that seems to have an endless parking lot. Tucked in the plaza is a multi-million dollar medical clinic.
"The model is all inclusive, where you can come and get everything taken care of in one place," said Mark Kent, CEO of CAC-Florida Medical Centers, a subsidiary of health insurance giant Humana.
A Brazilian dentist who lacks a Florida license has been operating an illegal practice in his Boca Raton home the past six years, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. In a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail time, Ubaldo Bittencourt, 63, will serve probation for five years, plus community service and fines. “Dr.
At least 10 whales that beached themselves have already died, according to reports relayed from the remote scene. They were part of a pod of more than 30 pilot whales that all seemed to be headed for shore.
The scene is a place called Highland Beach, accessible only by boat, and there's no cell phone coverage. Linda Friar, who works at Everglades National Park several miles away, has been in touch with the rescuers by radio.
Gov. Rick Scott stopped in St. Petersburg Wednesday to promote a new state program for doctors in training.
The legislature this spring set aside $80 million to expand medical residency programs at hospitals across the state, including All Children’s Hospital in St.Petersburg. That hospital and nine others in the Tampa Bay region are eligible to receive $13 million of the total.
Even though Florida’s Legislature turned down federal funds to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, leaving billions of federal dollars on the table, the state's health insurance program for the poor continues to grow.
State Sen. Joe Negron, R-Negron, said he doesn’t expect there to be any movement on the issue of Medicaid expansion during the upcoming session, the Florida Current reports. Negron, who chairs the Senate Appropriations committee, tried last session to pass a private-sector version of Medicaid expansion that accepted federal money to cover the low-income uninsured.
The Florida Supreme Court is hearing arguments Thursday on a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for medical purposes through a constitutional amendment, the Tampa Tribune reports. Attorney General Pam Bondi is challenging the ballot’s language on the grounds that it’s misleading. If the justices decide the summary for voters to consider is unclear or inaccurate, it will most likely kill the effort to get the issue on the ballot in 2014.
Less than three weeks remain for uninsured Floridians to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act if they want coverage as of Jan. 1. So navigators were relieved to find the federal health website running smoothly on Monday.
The Palm Beach County deputy who responded to Linda Camberdella's 911 call about her teen-age son Michael had been trained and certified in how to handle violent situations involving persons with mental illness. But Michael ended up dead, nevertheless.
A plastic surgeon in Miami is trying a quirky marketing hook with a video starring a child “doctor” advising children to take care of their mother after she has a butt lift, the Broward Palm Beach New Times reports. Dr. Constantino Mendieta uploaded the video below to YouTube. The video stresses the importance of rest, fluid and supportive undergarments, and reminds children “the quicker she heals, the quicker you can go back to being a be a pain in the [beep]."
Even when a Medicare Advantage plan wins the federal top-quality 5-star rating, it isn’t necessarily the right choice for every beneficiary, according to a cost-sharing analysis from HealthMetrix Research.
Because of the Affordable Care Act, insurers can’t turn Bobby Cox away, even though he has advanced lung cancer. But even if he and his wife Karen can get through on Healthcare.gov and sign up, the coverage won’t take effect until Jan. 1. Tumors don’t wait. Cox, a 60-year-old retired construction worker, begins chemotherapy this week in hope of prolonging his life. So the Coxes have been calling around to find the best prices for scans, biopsies, anesthesia and so on.
Authorities say bath salts and synthetic marijuana may be banned in Florida, but people are still using the highly unpredictable drugs, and they are still being manufactured in state, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Per-person Medicare spending, much higher in Florida than all but one other state, has seen a dramatic increase in "post-acute" services -- nursing homes, home-health services, rehabilitation, and so on. And there is no rhyme or reason to the spending; patients who are much alike may be sent to nursing homes in one region, sent home in another.
Medicare beneficiaries who want to shop for a better deal have only until Saturday, Dec. 7, when open enrollment for 2014 coverage ends. That's the last day to enroll in a Medicare Advantage (managed-care) plan or just a prescription-drug plan.
And it matters. Some Part D plans are changing the drugs they cover -- or boosting the price -- while some of the Medicare Advantage plans are changing the doctors and hospitals in their network.
Based on the number of people who have applied for a background check to purchase a firearm, Florida is on pace to set a new record for gun sales, according to WEAR Channel 3. By the end of the year, its estimated the state will do 800,000 background checks -- double the number conducted in 2007. WEAR reports that the day after Thanksgiving is often the biggest day for gun sales.