Health & Science

Health & Science
5:07 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Industry Group Predicts Nursing Home Tort Reform Could Get The Green Light This Year

A years-long effort to revamp the rules for nursing home lawsuits could get a green light this year. Organizations that have historically opposed nursing home tort reform are signaling they won’t oppose the proposals and supporters say they’re confident this is the year for change.

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Health & Science
5:22 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Lawmaker Hopes Third Time Is The Charm For Assisted Living Reform

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

South Florida's Assisted Living Facilities were the subject of a series of 2011 Miami Herald reports alleging lax oversight and abuse of residents in several South Florida facilities. Now, years later, Florida lawmakers are inching closer on bills cracking down on the industry.

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Health & Science
3:31 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Nurses, Pharmacists, Doctors Gearing Up For Annual Scope Of Practice Fights

Rep. Cary Pigman

The nation’s health care delivery system is undergoing major changes, and the lines between what different healthcare providers do is beginning to blur. That’s the backdrop for fights between doctors, nurses and pharmacists, and those fights have become an annual occurrence at Florida’s Capitol, as each group tries to increase or maintain its scope-of-practice.

To put it plainly, these are turf battles. At the center is this debate: access, versus quality. 

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Health & Science
3:27 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Doctors, Nurses Wage Turf Battle Over Prescription Authority

Florida’s powerful physician lobby group is coming out against a proposal that would allow nurses to take on additional roles and duties. The proposal would let nurses write more prescriptions—something the doctors say nurses aren’t trained enough to do.

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Health & Science
5:32 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Florida Legislature To Consider Expanding Telemedicine

During the House Health Innovation meeting, Tallahassee Memorial demonstrated a telemedicine visit
LHatter WFSU News

Florida lawmakers are grappling with the issue of telemedicine.

Telemedicine allows doctors to digitally connect to their patients—usually through video conferencing. Florida is looking to Georgia as a guide in how to craft its telemedicine policy. Paula Guy heads The Georgia Telemedicine network, TeleHealth. She says physicians must support telemedicine for it to work, and the best way to ensure that is by paying them:

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