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Flagler’s Improved Health Ranking Masks Poor Access to Care and Persistent Obesity and Smoking

| March 29, 2019

Flagler’s health ranking jumped to 9th best in Florida, from 14th last year, in the latest rankings, but the jump masks continuing problems with access to primary and mental health physicians, continuing obesity, smoking and sexually transmitted diseases.

For Use in Joints, Pipes or Bongs: Smokable Medical Pot Finally Hits Florida Market

| March 23, 2019

In other states where medical marijuana has been legalized, smokable products comprise between 40 and 60 percent of sales. Florida voters in 2016 approved a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

Halifax Health Among Hospitals Paid Less By Medicare Over High Rates of Infections and Patient Injuries

| March 3, 2019

The penalties pit hospitals against one another in a race to prevent the most infections, blood clots, cases of sepsis, bedsores, hip fractures and other complications. Each year, the quarter of general hospitals with the highest rates are punished, even if their records have improved from the previous year.

Discharged, Dismissed: ERs Often Miss Chance To Set Overdose Survivors On ‘Better Path’

| February 17, 2019

It’s an opportunity that’s being missed in emergency rooms everywhere: the next step — a means to divert addicted patients into treatment — remains elusive once an addict is released from an emergency room.

A Quarter of Florida’s Physicians Skip Required Opioid-Prescription Training

| February 4, 2019

The Florida Department of Health now is preparing to send non-compliance letters advising the providers that they have 15 days to take the mandated course or face disciplinary action.

Medicare for All: No Country for “Can’t”

| February 4, 2019

Medicare for all could be the most efficient, cheapest, and provider-friendly—but not perfect—part of what could be a health system that promotes health, saves lives, and creates a sense of social solidarity.

New Florida Doctors Won’t Have To Disclose Their Own Drug or Mental Health Histories

| January 15, 2019

State regulations will eliminate a question about past treatment of mental health and substance abuse for doctors applying for licenses, replacing it with a question about current conditions.

It’s Now AdventHealth Palm Coast: Florida Hospital Flagler Changes Name, and Signs

| January 3, 2019

Florida Hospital Flagler officially became AdventHealth Palm Coast this morning, with some 15 signs changed over to reflect the company’s re-branding across nearly 50 hospitals in nine states.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Entire Affordable Care Act, Putting Law In Peril–Again

| December 15, 2018

Judge Reed C. O’Connor struck down the law, siding with Republican state attorneys general to say the tax bill passed by Congress last December effectively rendered the entire health law unconstitutional.

In Health Insurance Wastelands, Rosier Options Crop Up For 2019

| November 25, 2018

Across all 50 states, premiums for the average “benchmark” silver plan, which the government uses to set subsidies, are dropping nearly 1 percent.

Florida Hospital Flagler Will Open Stand-Alone ER Near Matanzas High School and I-95

| November 20, 2018

The future AdventHealth’s 12-bed stand-alone ER represents a $25 million investment in north palm Coast and the addition of some 40 jobs near Matanzas High School as that part of town grows.

Voters in 3 Red States Approve Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion, Bringing Total to 36

| November 13, 2018

Florida under Gov. Rick Scott repeatedly blocked Medicaid expansion, which provides benefits to all adults earning up to 38 percent above the federal poverty line, an annual income of $16,753 or less.

Ex-Dr. Fruehan Claims Statute of Limitations Elapsed in Charge of Inappropriate Touching, But Dates May Not Be On His Side

| October 22, 2018

Florence Fruehan, the former Palm Coast physician accused of inappropriately touching a woman during a consultation at his office, will argue in court that the misdemeanor battery charge against him should be dismissed because the statutes of limitations has passed.

Between Frittatas, Colonoscopies and Rebranding at Florida Hospital Flagler

| September 27, 2018

Wally deAquino, Dean Abtahi and Issam Nasr, physicians at Florida Hospital Flagler, headlined a Common Ground breakfast this morning at Palm Coast’s Hilton.

Avoidable Sepsis Infections Send Thousands Of Nursing Home Seniors To Gruesome Deaths

| September 10, 2018

No one tracks sepsis cases closely enough to know how often these severe infections turn fatal. But the toll — both human and financial — is enormous, an investigation finds.

The $109,000 Heart Attack Bill Is Down To $332. What About Other Surprise Bills?

| September 4, 2018

The hospital that overcharged a teacher cut the bill not before the huge charge sparked a national conversation over what should be done to combat surprise medical bills afflicting a growing number of Americans.

Obamacare Participants in Florida Will See Lowest Premium Increase In 8 Years

| August 30, 2018

The rate increases are some of the lowest ever requested by Florida insurance companies since the federal health law passed in 2010.

McCain’s Complicated Health Care Legacy: Hating Obamacare Long Enough to Save It.

| August 26, 2018

While McCain was instrumental in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, most of the health initiatives he undertook failed after running afoul of traditional Republican priorities.

Obamacare Out of ICU: Health Insurance Premiums Are Stabilizing Despite GOP Attacks

| August 25, 2018

The improvements stem from less political uncertainty over health policy, steeper than necessary increases this year, and better understanding of the markets.

Dr. Fruehan Will Surrender License, Quitting Medicine in Face of Allegation of Sexual Improprieties With Patient

| August 23, 2018

Palm Coast physician Florence Fruehan will surrender his license ahead of the conclusion of a state investigation into allegations that he groped a female patient. He is also under local sheriff’s investigation.

Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin Sales Pitch Downplayed Risks Of Opioid Addiction

| August 19, 2018

More than 1,500 pending civil lawsuits, filed mostly by state and local governments, allege that deceptive marketing claims helped fuel a national epidemic of opioid addiction and thousands of overdose deaths.

Florida Hospital Flagler Will Change Name to AdventHealth Palm Coast in Companywide Rebranding

| August 14, 2018

The change to AdventHealth Palm Coast, by Jan. 2, is part of a company-wide rebranding across all 47 Adventist Health System hospitals and dozens of other facilities in nine states.

America’s Pre-Existing Condition

| August 3, 2018

Florida is among the states suing to end the requirement that people with pre-existing conditions be covered by insurers. It’s the latest cynical attempt to end Obamacare.

Florida Hospitals and Halifax Health Named Among 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare

| April 17, 2018

Adventist Health System, which includes the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top places to work in health care.

Deal Could End Wrangling Over Trauma Centers Around Florida

| February 16, 2018

The Legislature has wrangled with whether to continue with current regulations or to allow a more competitive environment that would increase the number of trauma facilities.

For All The Talk Of Obamacare Imploding, ACA Enrollment Is “Remarkably Stable”

| February 12, 2018

ACA plan enrollment ticked downward this year but states running their own marketplaces saw slight gains and did better than those relying on the federal exchange.

Unnecessary Medical Care Is More Common Than You Think

| February 1, 2018

A study finds that in a single year more than 600,000 patients underwent treatment they didn’t need, at an estimated cost of $282 million. “Do no harm” should include the cost of care, too, the report author says.

Doctors Join Chorus Against Limits on Painkiller Prescriptions, But Lawmakers Push On

| January 23, 2018

The proposal to set legal limits on prescribing for pain medication continued moving forward when it was unanimously approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

To Stay on Medicaid, You May Have To Start Working: Trump’s Decision Sparks Fury

| January 15, 2018

Trump’s decision to allow states to test a work requirement for adult Medicaid enrollees sparked criticism from doctors, advocates for the poor, and minority and disability rights groups.

Limiting Pain Pills Prescriptions To 7 Days? Florida Surgeons Say No.

| January 11, 2018

Lawmakers’ proposal would have patients get additional prescriptions for pain medications from their doctors. Phoning-in refills would not work.

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