Are drug shortages part of the new health care norm?
Drug shortages continue as Florida health care experts navigate what some expect to be the new normal of pharmacy. The Food and Drug Administration lists over 120 drugs that are in short supply, ranging from chemotherapy drugs to breathing medication. A recent Senate report found drug shortages increased by 30% from 2021 to 2022. The American Society of Health System Pharmacists Drug Shortages List has over 233 such entries. [Source: WUSF]
Transgender adults in Florida ‘blindsided’ that new law also limits their access to health care
Debate surrounding Florida’s new restrictions on gender-affirming care focused largely on transgender children. But a new law that Republican presidential candidate and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed last month also made it difficult — even impossible — for many transgender adults to get treatment. [Source: AP]
Florida not doing enough to keep children on Medicaid, health advocates warn
Health care advocates are sounding the alarm over how Florida is handling last month’s end of emergency Medicaid, which they warn could force thousands of eligible children to lose medical coverage because their parents don’t know they must reapply to the federal program. One reason they don’t know, according to advocates, is that Florida officials haven’t done enough to reach out to families and that some of its messaging is causing confusion. Some advocates are also asking why Florida isn’t taking advantage of a federal waiver that would ensure stable health coverage for their youngest and poorest children. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Union workers at HCA Florida hospitals vote for overtime ban
Workers at 19 hospitals represented by the largest health care union in Florida have voted to refuse to work voluntary overtime at facilities run by HCA Healthcare for a five-day period that began on Friday. The move comes as the union is in the third month of bargaining with HCA, which operates 182 hospitals across the United States including about 50 in Florida. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
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› Jackson Nurse Professionals partners with NurseWallet [Florida Trend]
Jackson Nurse Professionals, a leading travel nurse staffing agency, today announced its exclusive new partnership with NurseWallet, a financial mobile application designed specifically for today’s busy nurse professionals. With NurseWallet, Jackson Nurse Professionals’ travel nurses can proactively and easily manage their earnings to achieve both their short- and long-term financial goals.
› DeSantis vetoes bill that would have banned optometrists from calling themselves doctors or physicians [Vision Monday]
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill today that would have prevented optometrists from calling themselves “physicians” or “doctors” in interactions with patients or advertisements. The governor vetoed Senate Bill (SB) 230. DeSantis’ official veto message does not explain why he vetoed either bill. The bill first passed in the House with a 111-13 vote on May 3 but was sent back to the Senate after the addition of an amendment that would have allowed optometrists to continue to use the term “physician.” However, the Senate refused to concur on the amendment, and the House passed it with a 79-34 vote.
› Judge sides with Moody over hospital districts and school boards in opioid settlement fight [WUSF]
Rejecting arguments by public hospital districts and school boards, a Leon County circuit judge has backed Attorney General Ashley Moody in a battle about opioid epidemic settlements with the pharmaceutical industry. Judge John Cooper, in a 15-page decision, ruled that Moody had the authority to enter a series of settlements that effectively trumped lawsuits pursued by the hospital districts and school boards. The Miami-Dade County School Board and the Putnam County School Board quickly filed a notice of appeal after Friday’s ruling.
› Florida investigates Duval jail medical provider after heart transplant recipient dies [Health News Florida]
The Florida Department of Management Services has opened an investigation into the contracted medical provider of the Duval County jail after the death of an inmate who did not receive needed organ rejection medication. The state began the probe into Armor Correctional Services after learning the company was convicted in the death of a Wisconsin inmate in October 2022, according to the Tributary, a Northeast Florida news outlet that notified the state of the incident.