Health & Science

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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Health & Science
3:55 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

After Years Of Delay, Florida's Insurance Marketplace Goes Live

Quietly and without much fanfare, Florida’s health insurance marketplace made its debut earlier this week, but it should not to be confused with the federal health insurance exchanges and Obamacare.

“We’re not in competition with the federal exchange. We’re not offering subsidies—those can only come from the federal exchange," says Florida Health Choices Director Rose Naff, who  is quick to point out the differences between the program she’s running—and that of the federal government.

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Health & Science
5:23 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

House, Senate Grapple With Who Should Practice And How To Regulate Telemedicine

This photo shows how doctors can connect with patients using telemedicine
LHatter WFSU News

Jacksonville Doctor Phil Perry is the Chief Medical Officer for Saint Vincent Medical Center, and he’s been using telemedicine at the network’s new Clay County hospital. He says the intensive care staff’s ability to have experts on call at the push of a button has saved lives:

“We have seen one saved life in the care of a sepsis patient. Overall 7 patients’ lives have been saved by the performance of our telehealth facility," Perry told a House health committee.

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Health & Science
1:42 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Medicaid Expansion: Picking Up Where We Left Off

This graph shows states that have expanded medicaid and those that have not
KFF.ORG Kaiser Family Foundation

Florida has stood on the sidelines for more than a year as other states have taken the federal government up on its offer to provide more funding if more people are added to Medicaid rolls. Last year, the House and Senate flirted with the idea but failed to reach an agreement. But the conversation continued even after lawmakers went home.

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