A vast majority of Hurricane Ian deaths were elderly Floridians. What happened?
Nearly 140 Floridians' deaths were linked to Hurricane Ian, according to state medical examiner data. Nearly two-thirds of those who perished were people 65 years of age and older, according to an analysis of state fatality data. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]
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FSU’s nursing dean Jing Wang addresses salaries, the shortage and more
Jing Wang became the dean of the College of Nursing at Florida State University last year. She is a board member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and recently was named one of 10 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine by the National Academy of Medicine. Nursing Salaries in Florida: "Florida’s nursing salaries definitely need to catch up with the rest of the nation." [Source: Florida Trend]
How Floridians who earn too much for Medicaid may qualify for ACA
More than 2 million low-income people — half of them in Florida and Texas — are uninsured because they are stuck in a coverage gap: They earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but because of a quirk of the Affordable Care Act, they earn too little to qualify for a subsidized ACA marketplace plan. The problem affects people in 11 states that haven’t expanded Medicaid. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Suing medical providers in Florida is easy, winning isn’t
Florida had the third largest number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed among the country’s 50 states between 2012 and 2022. However, while 11,410 medical malpractice lawsuits were filed last year, the total payouts to those who sued totaled only $2.9 million, which ranked Florida 43rd in the country. [Source: South Florida SunSentinel]
Commentary: What did the Board of Medicine just do?
Last month, the Florida Board of Medicine began its meeting by letting nine people talk about why they believed they had made a mistake in seeking gender-affirming care. On November 4 the Board of Medicine decided begin the rule making process to prohibit physicians in Florida from providing gender-affirming medical treatment to minors experiencing gender dysphoria. The Board has singled out puberty blockers as dangerous, disregarding 40 years of data on their use to treat precocious puberty. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]
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› Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Simone Marstiller calls it quits [Florida Politics]
Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Secretary Simone Marstiller will step down from her job, the first departure during what could be a busy transition for newly re-elected Gov. Ron DeSantis.