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Get to Work, Governor Scott, and Implement Health Care Reform Now

| June 28, 2012

Now that the most conservative Supreme Court in the history of our nation has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, perhaps it is time to redirect a little of that negative energy used to obstruct reform toward implementing the law and solving Florida’s health care crisis, writes former Florida House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber.

When American Health Care Heads for Texas

| June 24, 2012

If the Affordable Care Act is overturned, the rest of the country should take a good look at the situation in Texas, because this is what happens when you keep Medicaid enrollment as low as possible and don’t undertake insurance reforms.

Stepping Up Obama Snubs, Scott Says He Won’t Implement Health Care Law in Florida

| June 22, 2012

As the Supreme Court prepares to hand down its decision on Obama’s health care reform law, Gov. Rick Scott said on a conference call hosted by right-wing think tanks that Florida wouldn’t rush to implement the law.

Neurologist David Karaffa Joins Florida Hospital Flagler as Staff Physician

| June 22, 2012

Dr. David Karaffa can treat a variety of conditions including seizure disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, strokes, migraine, back pain, neuropathy and more.

Uninsured, Unaware of the Health Law Meant To Help Them, or the Court Case Against It

| June 17, 2012

Despite spending tremendous political capital to pass the health law, Democrats are unlikely to win many votes from the law’s future beneficiaries, most of whom live in Republican-dominated states in the South and West.

National Spending on Health Rising to One-Fifth of GDP

| June 14, 2012

Actuaries estimate that health spending will account for 19.6 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021, up from 17.9 percent in 2010. On average, 5.7 percent increases in spending are expected for each of the 10 years, although much of the increased spending will come in 2014 and after.

Julia Roberts, a Cancer Patient at Florida Hospital Flagler, Marries Sweetheart of 17 Years

| May 30, 2012

Palm Coast resident Julia Roberts was admitted at Florida Hospital Flagler on May 4. On May 22, in her hospital room, she was married to Terry Adolph after hospital staff took care of vritually all the arrangements.

Being Sick in America

| May 23, 2012

The recently ill are more likely to say the cost and quality of care have worsened over the past five years, compared to people who weren’t sick. A significant proportions say their treatment was poorly managed.

Fighting Obesity Like Cigarettes

| May 6, 2012

America’s obesity epidemic has public health leaders looking at the war on tobacco for inspiration through more informative food labels, limits on marketing to children, and taxes on unhealthy products.

A Quarter of Gov. Scott’s Vetoes Slash Health Spending, Research and Education

| April 18, 2012

A sampling of vetoes included money for such things as meningitis immunizations for children, the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Broward County, a fetal-alcohol clinic in Sarasota and a mobile-health unit in rural Gadsden County.

Tea Party’s Medicare Beneficiaries Honk Up Palm Coast Against Federal Health Mandate

| March 26, 2012

Some 50 to 60 Flagler tea party activists clumped around a Palm Coast intersection Monday, protesting “Obamacare” in a distinctly less impressive display of numbers or passions than in previous rallies.

Obamacare’s Days In Court: A Primer

| March 26, 2012

It’s the Super Bowl of Supreme Court cases with consequences for all: the three days of arguments over the constitutionality of Obama’s health care reform begin today. Here’s a clear-eyed explanation of what it’s about and likely outcomes. It’s the Super Bowl of Supreme Court cases: the three days of arguments over the constitutionality of Obama’s health care reform begin today. Here’s a clear-eyed explanation of what it’s about and likely outcomes.

Better Assisted Living Oversight Fails as Legislature Drops Several Health Care Bills

| March 12, 2012

Florida lawmakers ended the 2012 session without passing major health-care bills dealing with assisted-living facilities, malpractice lawsuits and physicians dispensing drugs to workers-compensation patients.

Florida House Passes Sweeping Abortion Restrictions, Including 24-Hour Waiting Period

| March 1, 2012

The bill requires all abortion clinics to be owned and operated by a doctor (only one of Florida’s 68 clinics fits the bill) and presumes, with little scientific evidence, that pain for the fetus begins at 20 weeks.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Contraceptive

| March 1, 2012

Six in ten Americans, including Catholics, said they support a requirement by the Obama administration that health plans supply free contraceptives as a preventive benefit for women. Women registered as independents favor the rule by a 2-1 margin.

Ear, Nose, Throat, Hard Hat:
Florida Hospital Flagler Shows Off Its New Digs

| February 28, 2012

Florida Hospital Flagler’s new Parkway Medical Plaza, opening in July between Walmart and Golden Corral, is a $15 million expansion–and a signal of intensifying head-to-head competition in such fields as imaging and lab work.

Burden To Prove Medical Malpractice Gets Heavier, But ER Doctors Get No Immunity

| February 14, 2012

Florida lawmakers are making it more difficult for lawyers to prove medical malpractice in broad gains against lawsuits for health care providers, but a proposal to make ER doctors immune to lawsuits was dropped.

The Pill, the President, the Policy: a Primer

| February 12, 2012

The Obama administration is revising contraceptive-pill insurance regulations so that religious-affiliated groups don’t have to pay for the coverage. A primer on the controversy and the policy.

Alzheimer’s Disease Research:
Florida’s Inexcusable Indifference to Funding

| January 26, 2012

Florida, the state with the largest per-capita population over age 65, invests zero dollars in Alzheimer’s research, though one in 40 Floridian has the disease–and half do over age 85. Nancy Smith argues the indifference is short-sighted on many levels.

JoAnne King, Who Oversaw Florida Hospital Flagler’s Hospice Expansion, Is Elevated to VP

| January 24, 2012

As administrative director JoAnne King oversaw Florida Hospital Flagler’s expansion into hospice care across county lines last year, a first for a Florida Hospital. She was promoted to vice president for ancillary services, overseeing a half dozen departments, including hospice.

Co-Pay Interruptus: Catholic Bishops Will Sue Feds Over Contraception and Insurance Rules

| January 22, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is promising a legal challenge to federal rules requiring health insurers to provide women with a range of preventive health services, including birth control, without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or deductible.

Florida’s Poor and Elderly Again Brace For Cuts As Legislature Prepares for Tuesday Kickoff

| January 6, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott is proposing further deep cuts in Medicaid payments to hospitals, while lawmakers have filed bills that would help shield emergency-room doctors and workers from costly malpractice lawsuits.

As Autopsies Dwindle, Hospitals Bury Their Mistakes Instead of Learning From Them

| December 16, 2011

Autopsies are conducted on just 5 percent of patients who die in hospitals, letting common diagnostic errors go undiscovered, allowing physicians to practice on other patients with a false sense of security, and short-shrifting understanding of the effectiveness of medical treatments and the progression of diseases.

Educators Deride Scott’s “Smiley Face” Budget, Hospitals Call It “Tax on the Sick”

| December 8, 2011

Despite Scott’s proposed boost, the state would still spend about $210 million less on education under Scott’s plan than it did five years ago, with overall education funding down about $1.6 billion. Hospital advocates call proposed cuts to Medicaid a “tax on the sick.”

800,000 Floridians, Most of them Children, Could Be Booted Off Medicaid Coverage

| December 7, 2011

More than 660,000 of those currently covered by Medicaid are children, and could be booted off the rolls if their parents have to pay $10 a month in premiums, as the Florida Legislature is proposing.

Doing It Right: How To Avoid Becoming Part of The 44,000 People Hospitals Kill Each Year

| December 5, 2011

A bike accident sent Michael Millenson’s wife to three hospitals. It led him to offer a unique perspective on the health care system and how to reduce hospital errors that kill 44,000 to 98,000 people each year.

Florida’s Prescription Express: Doctors Shoving Drugs at Poor Patients, for Millions

| November 19, 2011

Florida regulators are finally getting around to stopping doctors from over-prescribing drugs, some of them risky, to Medicaid patients, and at times to the wrong patients, after enabling the practice despite signs of misconduct.

Rick Scott Opposes Electronic Health Databases Designed to Speed Up Patient Care

| November 13, 2011

Florida’s Health Information Exchange, a national pioneer, replaces paper with electronic records, speeding up patient care and information exchanges between health providers. Rick Scott opposes it, claiming it doesn’t save money and breaches privacy.

Walmart Wants To Be Your Health Care Provider

| November 9, 2011

Walmart wants to become by “the largest provider of primary healthcare services in the nation,” according to a request for information from potential partners sent the same week Walmart–the nation’s largest private employer–scaled back its health coverage for employees.

Running on Faith: Flagler County’s Free Clinic Is a Refuge For Health Care’s Untouchables

| November 7, 2011

The Flagler County Free Clinic in Bunnell has been a commitment of grit and conviction by cancer survivor Faith Coleman and Dr. John Canakaris for the past six years. Now Coleman’s cancer is back, and like all her patients, she has no insurance.

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