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Report shows majority of Florida hospitals are not complying with the federal price transparency law

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Report shows majority of Florida hospitals are not complying with the federal price transparency law

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Report shows majority of Florida hospitals are not complying with the federal price transparency law

A new report shows that 18 months after a law went into effect that requires hospitals to post prices online, most hospitals continue to hide the cost of care from patients. The report from PatientRightsAdvocate.org shows that 80% of the hospitals surveyed in Florida are not complying with the law. Cynthia Fisher, the website’s founder and chairman, said no other part of the economy requires people write a blank check for service. More from WUSF and Spectrum News.

U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to hear a case on a Florida health coach giving dietary advice

A woman who operated a health and nutrition coaching business asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to take up a First Amendment challenge to a Florida law that blocked her from providing dietary advice to clients. Heather Kokesch Del Castillo, a Northwest Florida resident, was cited by the state Department of Health in 2017 for getting paid to provide dietary advice without being a licensed dietitian or nutritionist. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Florida residents testing positive for COVID decreased the past two weeks

The numbers of Florida residents testing positive for COVID-19 have decreased the past two weeks, according to data released Friday. The state had a reported 54,353 new cases during the week that started Aug. 5, the first time in at least 10 weeks that it had fewer than 65,000 new cases, according to the data from the Florida Department of Health. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Florida rations limited supply of monkeypox vaccines as infections go up

The number of monkeypox cases in Florida continues to rise. And while the health department says the threat to the general population remains low, some local doctors say the lack of testing and vaccines is making the outbreak worse. "This exponential growth is continuing and it's going to continue as long as we have a shortage of testing supplies and vaccination,” said Dr. Aftab Khan, a local internal medicine specialist. Advertisement Khan says testing supplies for monkeypox are so limited that they're being rationed. [Source: WESH]

Florida receives $1.5 million grant for rural health workforce training

The funding is part of HHS’ $60 million commitment to rural health workforce programs nationwide and will go towards the Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program (RPHWTNP). A nationwide health worker shortage, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is driving demand to fill vacant positions. The RPHWTNP program will connect awardees, such as CommHIT, to technical assistance providers for a 3-year period. [Source: State of Reform]

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