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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.

O Canada: Can a Single-Payer Health-Insurance System Work in the United States?

| December 28, 2017

American support for government-run, single-payer health care, once a fringe opinion, is picking up momentum, with doctors and patients increasingly supportive,

Despite Compressed Sign-Up Period, ACA Enrollment Nearly Matches Last Year’s

| December 27, 2017

A day after Trump said the Affordable Care Act “has been repealed,” 8.8 million Americans had signed up for coverage on the federal insurance exchange in 2018.

Overriding Medical Marijuana Users’ Pleas, and Voters, Flagler Commissioners Pass Dispensary Ban

| December 18, 2017

The 3-1 vote to ban medical marijuana dispensaries outright Monday evening ends a year-long process that saw commissioners zigzag between approval and prohibition.

Assisted Living Facilities Are Challenging Rule Requiring Generator Power in Emergencies

| December 18, 2017

The Florida Senior Living Association representing 350 assisted living facilities argues the proposed rule creates requirements that are not authorized in state law.

Renner Again at Odds With Local Officials as His Recovery Centers Bill Gains Momentum

| December 5, 2017

The House version of the bill is co-sponsored by Paul Renner, who represents Flagler, but whose proposal is opposed by Palm Coast government and the local hospital.

Taken For A Ride: Ambulances Stick Patients With Surprise Bills as Insurers Balk

| November 28, 2017

Ambulance and private insurance companies often can’t agree on a price. That leaves patients stuck in the middle with out-of-network charges that are not negotiated.

Florida’s Opioid Crisis: Thousands of Babies Born to Addicts or Removed From Users’ Homes

| November 9, 2017

More than 4,000 babies were born addicted to opioids in Florida last year, with a 38 percent increase in the number of children under 5 removed from homes because of drugs.

Palm Coast Opioid Dealer’s Arrest Points Only To Fractional, Street-Level Source of Crisis

| November 8, 2017

Palm Coast’s Joseph Colon, 34, has been in and out of jail and prison over drug dealing for years, but his arrest on heroin and fentanyl trafficking charges masks the much broader, more legal source of the crisis.

House Tax Bill: Penalty For No Health Coverage Stays, Medical-Cost Deduction Goes

| November 6, 2017

The medical deduction, originally created in World War II, is available only to taxpayers whose expenses are above 10 percent of their adjusted gross income.

Obamacare Enrollment Opens Wednesday For 5th Year: 5 Things You Should Know

| October 31, 2017

Despite the efforts of President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. But there are changes.

Uncertainty On Generators at Nursing Homes After Governor’s Order Is Invalidated

| October 31, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott’s administration appealed the order to the 1st District Court of Appeal and claims the rules remain in effect during the appeal.

Treatment Overkill: Unneeded Scans, Therapy and Surgery Only Add To Patients’ Ills

| October 28, 2017

Though ample evidence shows breast-cancer radiation treatment for many can be drastically cut down, less than half those eligible received it despite the additional cost and inconvenience.

No Maternity Wing or Trauma Unit Any Time Soon, But Florida Hospital Flagler Thrives On

| October 19, 2017

Florida Hospital Flagler’s top leadership appeared at the Chamber of Commerce’s Common Ground breakfast Thursday morning with a sum-up of making it through recent stormy challenges and glimpses of what’s new within the hospital’s walls.

Stunner On Birth Control: Trump’s Moral Exemption Is Geared To Just 2 Groups

| October 16, 2017

A separate rule allowing employers that are not religious organization to deny contraceptive coverage to employees is geared toward anti-abortion groups, but its legal status is doubtful.

Trump Blows Up Obamacare Subsidies: What You Need To Know

| October 13, 2017

Some of Trump’s actions could have an immediate effect on the enrollment for 2018 ACA coverage that starts Nov. 1. Here are five things you should know.

Florida Cuts Payments To HMOs Caring For Poor, Elderly and Disabled By 3.7 Percent

| October 11, 2017

The hospital cuts accounted for 94 percent of the reduction in rates, which the state says is attributable to lower pharmaceutical costs. Long-term care is seeing an increase.

Florida Lawmakers Hear Grim Picture of Worsening Opioid Crisis and Lack of Treatment

| October 10, 2017

In the first six months of 2016, deaths caused by fentanyl increased by nearly 140 percent, deaths from heroin overdoses jumped by 25 percent, compared to the same period in 2015.

That Last-Ditch Effort By Republicans To Replace ACA: What You Need To Know

| September 21, 2017

While the chances for this last-ditch measure appear iffy, many GOP senators are rallying around a proposal that would repeal most of the ACA.

How Health Insurers Fuel Opioid Crisis By Denying Claims For Less Addictive But More Expensive Drugs

| September 18, 2017

Insurers limiting access to drugs with a lower risk of addiction or dependence. Why? Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.

Uninsured Rate Falls To Record Low Of 8.8%, But Florida’s Rate Still 5th Highest in U.S.

| September 17, 2017

Florida’s rate of uninsured would have been lower had Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature not prevented the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid.

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