Appeals Court: Malpractice Damage Caps Unconstitutional

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As the Florida Supreme Court considers the issue in another case, an appeals court Wednesday ruled that limits on "non-economic" damages in medical-malpractice lawsuits are unconstitutional.

Florida’s Surgeon General wants to know how Miami-Dade County is spending state funds in combating the Zika virus.

Florida Reports 14 More Zika Cases

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With Miami-Dade County continuing to be hit hard, Florida health officials said Wednesday the state has added 14 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Drug Prices, Not The Health Law, Top Voters’ Health Priorities For 2017

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Until this week, when big increases in insurance premiums were unveiled for next year, the federal health law has not been a major issue in the presidential election. In fact, fixing what ails the Affordable Care Act isn’t even among voters’ top priorities for health issues for next year, according to a new poll.

Utility Companies Concerned About Pollution Notification Plan

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Representatives of utility companies and municipalities told environmental regulators this week they are concerned that a proposed pollution-notification rule could place excessive reporting burdens on industry and local governments.

The University of Florida is backing out of its deal to take over Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Lake Nona.

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With open enrollment for health insurance getting underway in workplaces, odds are employees around Florida are seeing yet another increase in their premiums.

Longwood Will Replace Septic Tanks Near Wekiwa Springs

Oct 26, 2016

Longwood is getting more than $800,000 to replace septic tanks near Wekiwa Springs State Park.

The U.S. Department of Justice has settled a lawsuit with the nation’s largest private nursing home company.

Owners Of Assisted Living Facilities In Miami Indicted

Oct 26, 2016
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Ten owners of assisted-living facilities in Miami-Dade County have been indicted on charges that they received kickbacks for referring residents to a pharmacy for medications and durable medical equipment, state and federal authorities announced Tuesday.

Two More Zika Cases Found In Miami-Dade County

Oct 26, 2016

State health officials said Tuesday six more cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been found in Florida, with two involving people getting infected in Miami-Dade County.

A new report shows that Florida hospitals have increased their number of residency slots 19 percent since 2013.

The state faces a severe shortage of about 7,000 medical specialists through 2025.

UCF Trustees Approve Teaching Hospital Proposal

Oct 25, 2016

The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees on Monday approved a proposal related to a joint venture with the HCA health-care company to add a teaching hospital adjacent to the university's College of Medicine.

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The Health Care Center for the Homeless received a grant Monday from the city of Orlando to build another clinic.

Bus Tour Will Push Water Storage Plans

Oct 25, 2016
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The Everglades Foundation on Wednesday intends to start a 12-day bus tour across Central and South Florida to push state and federal lawmakers to fund water-storage plans south of Lake Okeechobee.

Two More Pregnant Women Diagnosed With Zika

Oct 25, 2016

State health officials said Monday that seven more people have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, including two pregnant women.

All seven were identified as "travel related" cases, which means the people were infected elsewhere and brought the mosquito-borne virus into the state. Three of the travel-related cases were in Miami-Dade County, two were in Broward County and two involved pregnant women, according to information posted on the state Department of Health website.

Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That's sure to stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.

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Yessica Flores is getting ultrasounds more frequently than the average pregnant woman, but there's a cruel downside accompanying the joy of seeing how much her unborn daughter grows every few weeks: fear of possible defects caused by Zika.

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A prominent Florida eye doctor linked to corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez wants his bail conditions eased in a separate health care fraud case.


U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Vern Buchanan, both of whom are running for re-election, will gather at a roundtable discussion at Manatee Memorial Hospital to talk about the heroin and opioid epidemic.

The Bradenton Herald reports the meeting will be held at noon on Monday. Health care officials, local law enforcement and community leaders will also be at the discussion.

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A sheriff's agency in South Florida is planning to use drones in emergency-response efforts.

Bondi Seeks Clarity From Florida Supreme Court On Death Penalty

Oct 23, 2016
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked the Florida Supreme Court to clarify a ruling last week that struck down a portion of the state's death penalty law, arguing that failing to do so "will only generate confusion."

UCF Trustees Set To Act On Hospital Plan

Oct 23, 2016

The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees on Monday could continue moving forward with a plan aimed at building a hospital adjacent to the university's College of Medicine.

How much do you know really about your doctor?

Maybe you’ve seen a framed diploma in her office, but do you know if she has a criminal record or was the subject of a major malpractice settlement?

Zika Virus Shows Up In Palm Beach County

Oct 21, 2016
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State health officials reported four new cases of the Zika virus on Thursday, including a locally transmitted case involving a Palm Beach County resident.


United For Care’s John Morgan and Jessica Spencer squared off Tuesday night in a televised medical marijuana debate.

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U.S. health officials are now recommending Zika testing for all pregnant women who recently spent time in Florida's Miami-Dade County.

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A record high 60 percent of American adults support legalization of marijuana, according to a new Gallup poll released three weeks before voters in nine states decide whether to expand legal access to pot.

Burwell: Upcoming Enrollment Efforts Pivotal For Health Law

Oct 20, 2016

Rate hikes are likely on the way for plans offered on the health law’s online exchanges, or marketplaces. Consumers’ out-of-pocket costs are expected to climb, and some major insurers are pulling out.

New Zika Cases Include Pregnant Woman

Oct 20, 2016
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Four new cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Florida, with one involving a pregnant woman, according to information posted Wednesday on the state Department of Health website.