Florida lawmakers appear ready to reignite talks on the future of telemedicine after it was extinguished. The issue of how to handle doctors who treat patients remotely was jumbled into a larger health-related bill, which contributed to its defeat last session.
Florida TaxWatch’s Tamara Demco says lawmakers need to pare down their goals for addressing telemedicine in the state.
It could be that it takes two apples per day to keep the doctor away. Florida State University researchers are using a clinical trial to look at how eating apples affects Type 2 diabetes. It’s a disease disproportionately affecting minorities. So the Tallahassee team is working to increase ethnic diversity among its participants.
The federal government has released an initial list of physicians and teaching hospitals across the county that have gotten payments from the medical industry. But federal officials say the data comes with some caveats.
Florida recently finished rolling out a new way of providing care to more than 3.5 million low-income Floridians. Nearly all of them are now enrolled in managed care plans. The state agency that runs Medicaid recently released a series of comments from various players in the industry praising the rollout. But some groups say the new system is still plagued with problems.
Florida’s health insurance marketplace debuted earlier this year but so far, less than forty people have signed up. Now the board that runs the program is looking to attract health insurance providers, and to do that, it’s turning to a new company to help it expand its services.