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Where in Florida are the most involuntary holds for mental health?

| 5/14/2024

Where in Florida are the most involuntary holds for mental health?

Want to know how many people in your community may suffer from a mental health breakdown? The state of Florida is giving you a broad idea in the name of transparency. A Baker Act dashboard, referencing the state law that allows people to be held for an evaluation, was launched in late March by the state Department of Children and Families. [Source: Naples Daily News]

How Medicaid became a battleground between Florida and the Feds

The DeSantis administration is headed to federal court in Jacksonville to defend its handling of the removal of hundreds of thousands of residents from Medicaid. The case, originally scheduled for Monday, is among several pending legal challenges that have made Medicaid — a federal health insurance program administered at the state level — an ideological battleground between the DeSantis and Biden administrations. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Federal court in Jacksonville postpones trial over Florida's Medicaid eligibility review

The trial over Florida’s handling of the Medicaid eligibility review process, which has led to 1.8 million people getting booted from the subsidized healthcare program for low-income people, has been postponed indefinitely. Following the end of continued Medicaid coverage under the COVID-19 public health emergency, Florida had to review the eligibility of more than five million people. As of May 10, approximately 1.8 million Floridians have lost access to Medicaid, according to KFF Health’s Medicaid unwinding tracker. [Source: Florida Phoenix]

Florida sues Biden administration over trans health care rule

Florida has filed a lawsuit challenging a new federal health care rule, saying it clashes with the state’s efforts to restrict treatments such as hormone therapy and puberty blockers for transgender people. The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in Tampa, targets a rule that affects programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which operates as KidCare in Florida. [Source: News Service of Florida]

These Florida hospitals are up for sale after their owner files for bankruptcy

Steward Health Care said it wants to sell all 31 of its hospitals, including those in Florida, after the company filed for bankruptcy protections this week. Steward, the largest physician-owned healthcare network in the United States, said in court filings it hopes to sell the hospitals by the end of summer. [Source: Miami Herald]


› Firefighters' cancer benefits are clarified in a new law, but Tallahassee isn't onboard
During the 2024 legislative session, lawmakers passed a sweeping bill addressing issues important to Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. Patronis is also the state’s fire marshal, and one item he wanted to be sure the bill includes is language clarifying benefits for firefighters who get cancer, which is considered an occupational hazard. But Tallahassee hasn’t given all those benefits to Joey Davis, the president of the city's firefighter’s union.

› AdventHealth in Central Florida hires 10,000 nurses in four years as shortage looms
Facing a forecasted shortage of 60,000 nursing positions, AdventHealth Central Florida is actively improving its workforce to meet those future needs. Since 2020, the hospital has hired 10,000 nurses. A 2021 study by the Florida Hospital Association found the demand for nurses is set to increase dramatically by 2035 due in part to a 21% increase in population and, more specifically, an increase in aging populations.

› Mayo and Nemours collaborate on medical training, new ER planned for Yulee
Two Jacksonville health care stalwarts, Mayo Clinic and Nemours Children's Health, have collaborated for 30 years to train physicians and care workers. They recently announced a 10-year extension of the agreement and hope their work will help address a nationwide shortage of pediatricians.

› Cybersecurity event at Ascension health system disrupts clinical operations
Ascension, which runs hospitals and clinics in North Florida, is investigating whether patient data was affected. The St. Louis-based Ascension said it detected “unusual activity” on some network systems Wednesday and federal authorities were immediately notified, the spokesperson said. Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm, was brought in to assist with the investigation and remediation process.

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