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5:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

House 'Train Bill' Groups Trauma, Telemedicine And Nursing In Hopes Of Wooing Senate

Credit Didier Lahousse / flickr/creative commons

The Florida House is cobbling together several different health-related bills in the hope the combined proposal will sway the Senate to vote for them. But the new, combined proposal still doesn’t sway some in the originating chamber.

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Health & Science
5:37 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Senate TeleHealth Bill Extends To Out-Of-State Docs, Nurses And Pharmacists

A doctor in Mexico consults with a client and their doctor in California.
Credit Intel Free Press

Florida lawmakers have been weighing how to regulate telemedicine—generating debate between doctors’ groups and other healthcare providers. The House has been moving its telehealth proposal along, but the Senate version of the bill had its first hearing Tuesday.

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Health & Science
6:06 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Glitches, Hope Mark ACA Sign-Up Deadline Day

Andrew Behrman, President and CEO, Florida Association of Community Health Centers

The glitches plaguing healthcare.gov on the last day of open enrollment haven't stopped people from at least starting the process before the clock strikes midnight.

At the Florida Association of Community Health Centers’ office Monday, Diane Smerling and her certified application counselor Ben Browning, are fighting with healthcare.gov.

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Health & Science
4:57 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Retailers, Pharmacists Reach Truce On Technician Oversight Bill

A fight over pharmacy staffing levels may be cooling down under a proposed compromise in the Florida Senate. But whether the deal sticks is another issue entirely.

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Health & Science
4:40 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Assisted Living Reform Nears Passage In Senate, House

Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood)
Credit Florida Senate

Every time Terry Russell sees a headline about abuse or neglect in a Florida assisted living facility, he cringes:

“I know I put forth the effort to take care of my residents as well as I can and try to make their lives as productive as they can be," Russell says, "So when I see articles about other facilities or folks having problems, it tarnishes the reputation of all of us.” 

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