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Florida is purging its Medicaid rolls. What to know

Florida is purging its Medicaid rolls. What to know

Roughly 250,000 Floridians have lost their Medicaid health coverage since mid-April when the state began reviewing the eligibility of more than 5 million people on its rolls, a figure that swelled in the pandemic. More are expected to lose coverage as the Florida Department of Children and Families continues the review process, which was paused when the federal government asked states to suspend yearly checks on who qualified. More than 1.7 million people got on Medicaid during the pandemic. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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Florida woman was told she had cancer. Her anguish was all for nothing.

Florida law rarely provides recourse for patients who feel they are victims of medical misdiagnoses or mistreatment — but have suffered no permanent harm. Malpractice lawsuits must be backed up by expensive experts, making attorneys reluctant to take on cases where there is little chance of winning substantial damages. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

A judge hears arguments about why Florida's gender-affirming care law should be tossed

The parents of three children in Florida are trying to get a federal judge to block a new law that bans gender-affirming care for minors. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle on Friday heard arguments from an attorney representing the three families in a case that argues they are being stripped of the right to make medical decisions for their children. [Source: AP]

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» Florida fund will help transgender people pay to get gender-affirming care out of state

How AI is being used in health care in Central Florida

The Senate committee talked about just some of the things that can go wrong when it comes to artificial intelligence. "Weaponized disinformation, housing discrimination, harassment of women and impersonation fraud, voice cloning, deep fakes," Senate committee members said. But, not all AI is concerning. Some of it is proving to be life-saving, and it's already being used in health care right here in Central Florida. [Source: WESH]

Hospital CEO leads through vulnerability and kindness — and it works

The leadership awards and accolades John Couris has received in six years as president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital are nearly as long as the bridge people take to get to the 1,040-bed facility on Davis Island. In just the past few months the list includes being named to Florida Politics’ list of The Top Influencers in Florida Health Care Politics and the Great Leaders in Healthcare list from Becker’s Hospital Review. It’s the second year in a row he made Becker’s list. [Source: Business Observer]


› Flagler Health+ and UF Health finalize agreement to merge this year
UF Health and Flagler Health+ have reached a definitive agreement to begin merging services later this year. The two health systems announced in February that they were pursuing a plan to make Flagler Health+ part of UF Health, the University of Florida's academic health center. Flagler Health+ said it explored joining another health system to enhance local health care and expand access to care in the community.

› Second Harvest delivers meals tailored for food-insecure patients with kidney disease
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has begun providing medically tailored meals to food-insecure people with severe kidney disease. The pilot program is starting small with hopes of serving many more patients with a variety of chronic conditions. At Second Harvest's Mercy Kitchen in Orlando, executive chef Robert Pagan is about to assemble his healthy and delicious beet and farro salad.

› Polk Commission approves funds toward new Lakeland facility for Central Florida Health
The capital campaign for the first of two new Central Florida Health Care medical facilities got a boost Tuesday as the Polk County Commission approved $799,075 for the nonprofit organization from funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act. The Winter Haven-based CFHC is planning a Lakeland Health Center at 1129 Missouri Ave. near North Florida Avenue just west of Bryant Stadium. It's at the site of its current Lakeland Primary Care facility, and the organization has launched a two-year capital campaign to raise funds for the $7 million project, according to its CEO Ann Claussen.

› School nurses in Palm Beach County will be switched to hourly pay in July
School nurses throughout the Palm Beach County School District system will soon notice their paychecks from the County Health Care District may be smaller. The school district contracts out nursing services to the Palm Beach County Health Care District. On Monday, some 180 school nurses assigned to school campuses throughout the county got an announcement via a Zoom call, they didn’t see coming—significant decreases in pay.