A doctor accused of giving a toddler a fatal dose of an unapproved drug was declared “very, very dangerous” at a meeting of the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday. But she escaped serious discipline by agreeing to go away and stay away.


A doctor who says she is “dedicated to the natural treatment of cancer” has been ordered to appear before the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday to explain the death of a toddler from an unapproved drug.

President Barack Obama has signed legislation aimed at preventing premium increases that some smaller businesses were expecting next year under his signature health care law.

The families of three high school students who died after being hypnotized by a former principal will receive $200,000 each from the Sarasota County School District under a settlement agreement unanimously approved by the School Board on Tuesday.

State, Feds Try To Nail Down Details On 'LIP' Money

Oct 8, 2015
Agency for Health Care Administration

The state's Medicaid director said Wednesday he hopes in the coming weeks to finalize an agreement with the federal government about details for the Low Income Pool, a major hospital-funding program that spurred contentious debate earlier this year.


Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts won't hold up new Obama administration regulations that give overtime and minimum wage protections to nearly 2 million home health care workers.

The nation’s biggest pharmacy benefits manager has decided to cover two new drugs that lower artery-clogging cholesterol but raise concern over prices that can top $14,000 a year.

Senate Panel Wants Answers From DOH On Children's Health Programs

Oct 8, 2015

A Florida Senate panel on Wednesday demanded answers from a state Department of Health official about how many special-needs children have recently lost services as the state transitions to a new Medicaid system --- and why.

State Change Could Help Patients Get Pain Medications

Oct 8, 2015
Associated Press

Reacting to pleas from desperate patients unable to get pain medications, the Florida Board of Pharmacy on Wednesday approved a rule change aimed at training pharmacists to change their mindset about prescriptions for controlled substances.

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Health care has been a hot-button policy issue for years in the Florida Legislature, and it’s starting to look like the session scheduled to start on Jan. 12 will be no different.

Cloudy Timeline For Medical Marijuana Frustrates

Oct 7, 2015

With the Department of Health unable to say when licenses will be issued in the state's new medical-marijuana industry, a House Republican on Tuesday blasted delays in carrying out a 2014 law billed as helping children with severe epilepsy.

FL Whistleblower Wary Of Hospitals Hiring Docs

Oct 7, 2015
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There is a good chance that your once-independent doctor is now employed by a hospital. Dr. Michael Reilly, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., orthopedic surgeon, does not believe this is good for physicians, patients or society.

For years he watched Broward Health, a nonprofit Florida hospital system, hire community doctors, pay them millions and minutely track the revenue they generated from admissions, procedures and tests.

Consumers shopping on the government's health insurance website should find it easier this year to get basic questions answered about their doctors, medications and costs, according to an internal government document.

Massage Licenses Could Be Revoked Over Sexual Misconduct

Oct 7, 2015

A Southwest Florida massage therapist and massage establishment should lose their licenses and be forced to pay thousands of dollars in fines after allegations of sexual misconduct, a state administrative law judge recommended this week.

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Children who get health insurance through Medicaid go to the dentist about half as often as children in Florida who have private insurance, according to a new study out from the American Dental Association and the Health Policy Institute.

Simply Healthcare

Leadership changes have been announced for two Florida Medicaid plans that are merging. 

Amerigroup Florida and Simply Healthcare Plans announced in a statement that Lourdes Rivas, the CEO of Simply Healthcare, will be the Florida Medicaid plan president for the new consolidated operations. Amerigroup Florida president and CEO Rosy Cozad, will take a new post within the organization.

Chronically Ill Pay More For Marketplace Plans Than Employer Coverage

Oct 6, 2015

Chronically ill people enrolled in individual health plans sold on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges pay on average twice as much out-of-pocket for prescription drugs each year than people covered through their workplace, according to a study published Monday in the Health Affairs journal.

Children's Cabinet Pushes To Expand KidCare

Oct 6, 2015

The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet is calling on lawmakers to help the children of legal immigrants get health coverage through KidCare, a subsidized insurance program that serves children from low- and moderate-income families.

Pharmacy Panel Addresses Patient Problems

Oct 6, 2015

Acknowledging that it isn't a "magic button," a Florida Board of Pharmacy committee on Monday gave preliminary approval to an attempt at curbing the "pharmacy crawl" forced on patients who can't get their pain medications filled.

Insurers Find Out-Of-Network Bills As Much As 1,400 Percent Higher

Oct 5, 2015

It’s common knowledge that consumers have to pay more money if they choose doctors or hospitals outside of their insurance plan’s network. But a new analysis prepared by the insurance industry seeks to show just how much more in each of the 50 states.

DCF Reaches Settlement In Bell Killings

Oct 5, 2015
Department of Children and Families

The Florida Department of Children and Families and two private companies have agreed to pay $750,000 to settle legal claims resulting from a mass killing in Gilchrist County last year.

Stay Of Execution Lifted For Death Row Inmate

Oct 5, 2015
Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday lifted a stay of execution for a Death Row inmate who argued that the state's lethal-injection method would violate his constitutional rights.

Supreme Court Gets Pot Amendment For Review

Oct 5, 2015

A revamped proposal that would legalize marijuana for patients with certain medical conditions is in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court, which will decide if the ballot initiative meets the criteria to go before voters next year.

Two state lawmakers -- one an orthopedic surgeon and the other a dentist  -- have submitted an eight-year health plan for Florida that includes having the state run its own Medicaid program, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

South Florida’s Baptist Health hospital network is moving into Palm Beach County with the acquisition of two Bethesda Health hospitals in Boynton Beach, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Feds, Pharmacies Grapple With Pain Pill Dilemma

Oct 2, 2015
Associated Press

Susan Langston wiped away tears as she spoke of a 40-year-old woman who had struggled with cancer for a decade before a Fort Myers pharmacy refused to fill a prescription for pain medication.

South Florida College Challenges State Over Nursing Program

Oct 2, 2015

A Miami Gardens-based college is challenging a decision by the Florida Board of Nursing that could shut down the school's nursing-education program. Azure College filed a legal challenge that was sent this week to the state Division of Administrative Hearings.

Judges To Hear Abortion Clinic Disputes

Oct 2, 2015
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

High-profile disputes about whether Florida abortion clinics improperly performed second-trimester abortions will be argued before administrative law judges.

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The Department of Health in Hillsborough County has confirmed its first case of West Nile Virus in a human this year.

Pecked By A Chicken? Sickened By In-Laws? There’s a Code For That

Oct 1, 2015
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If you’re struck by an orca, sucked into a jet engine, or having relationship problems with your in-laws, fear not: Your doctor now has a medical diagnosis code for that.