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Florida's health care providers are stuck between federal

The CMS rule calls for health care workers to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a lawsuit asking a judge to block the rule before Dec. 6, the day health care workers are required to have at least one dose. U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued an order this past weekend denying the request.

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Reporting on two of the biggest issues facing Florida: The

22 hours ago · Health News Florida The Florida Roundup Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our hosts, veteran journalists from our partner public radio stations: WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami

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State selects replacement for Eckerd Connects to run

10 hours ago · Health News Florida. After judge agrees to reconsider health workers vax injunction, the state and feds opt to move on . Environment. Florida moves closer to issuing a permit for deep well injection of Piney Point wastewater. Weather. Another active …

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How Black tech entrepreneurs are tackling health care's

22 hours ago · Health in Her Hue launched in 2018 with just six doctors on the roster. Two years later, users can download the app at no cost and then scroll through roughly 1,000 providers. "People are constantly talking about Black women's poor health outcomes, and that's where the conversation stops," says Wisdom, who lives in New York City.

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Florida files an appeal to Biden's ruling that requires

The rule applies to hospitals, nursing homes and other health-care providers that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Under the rule, health-care workers are required to receive at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 6 and be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, with limited exemptions for medical and religious reasons.

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Florida's health care providers are caught between federal

Florida's Legislature is meeting in a special session this week with one goal - to fight the Biden administration's vaccine mandates for businesses. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has crusaded against vaccine mandates, saying it's a matter of personal freedom. And caught in …

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Costs and considerations for home health care of aging

Home health care employees are overwhelmingly female. About half are Black or Hispanic. And over half are older than 45 years old. Low pay, competitive wages from other industries, sometimes strenuous working conditions, and aging of the home health care workforce itself will continue putting pressure on the imbalance between demand for the work and the supply of employees.

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Documentary follows the rising cost of health care at

[Baptist Health] and [Bethesda Health] had a huge merger in 2017, and two years ago, Baptist acquired Boca Regional in South Florida. Even though there hasn't been as much hospital consolidation as other places in the country, the prices are still very high.

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Report highlights racial inequities in Florida health care

Florida's health care system performs much better for whites and Asian Americans that it does for Black, Latinx and Native American residents. Researchers are calling for policy changes to improve health equity. They say one way Florida can do that is …

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Hillsborough County consolidates its COVID-19 testing

Health News Florida. After judge agrees to reconsider health workers vax injunction, the state and feds opt to move on . Environment. Florida moves closer to issuing a permit for deep well injection of Piney Point wastewater. NPR. Prosecutors ask U.S. Supreme Court to …

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Health care company cuts ties with Aaron Rodgers after

A statement posted on Twitter by Prevea Health said the company and Rodgers mutually agreed to end their partnership, effective Saturday. Prevea Health and Rodgers had been partners since 2012. The statement said Prevea Health "remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Florida had improved on factors that influence childhood

Bailey LeFever is a reporter focusing on education and health in the greater Tampa Bay region. See stories by Bailey LeFever Latest Stories. Health News Florida. A proposal reaffirming someone's right to an abortion has been filed in Florida. Florida Matters. The Tampa Bay region is becoming a major destination for technology companies

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Etching the pain of COVID into the flesh of survivors

2 days ago · It was Saturday morning at Southbay Tattoo and Body Piercing in Carson, California, and owner Efrain Espinoza Diaz Jr. was prepping for his first tattoo of the day — a memorial portrait of a man that his widow wanted on her forearm.. Diaz, known as “Rock,” has been a tattoo artist for 26 years but still gets a little nervous when doing memorial tattoos, and this one was particularly

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Florida lawmakers back moving away from OSHA WUSF Public

Rep. Ardian Zika, R-Land O' Lakes, sponsored a bill that could lead to the state moving away from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. As Florida legislators closed out their special session, one of the votes could lead to the state taking over regulations normally overseen by

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Florida lawmakers seek health-care vaccine mandate

Florida lawmakers sped Tuesday toward passing a plan to prevent COVID-19 vaccination requirements and rejected an attempt to exclude hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers from the measure. The House, during the second day of a special legislative session called by Gov. Ron DeSantis, took up the plan and is poised to pass it

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Judge rejects Florida's request to block Biden's vax

Under the rule, health care workers are required to receive at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 6 and be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, with limited exemptions for medical and religious reasons. In denying the request for an injunction or temporary restraining order, the Pensacola-based Rodgers said the state had not shown irreparable

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What do we really know about vaccine effectiveness

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.

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Companies tell unvaccinated workers to pay more for health

As Covid cases surged over the summer, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian took action: Unvaccinated workers would have to pay an extra $200 a month for their health insurance, starting Nov. 1.. It felt less onerous than the vaccine mandate imposed on workers by …

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Life Kit: Picking the right health insurance for you

Life Kit: Picking the right health insurance for you. It's autumn, and autumn is all about leaves changing color, pumpkins and open enrollment. Wait, don't go. Health insurance is important, and fall is when everyone has a window to switch up their plan, try to get a better deal or better coverage.

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Two Palm Beach providers integrate mental health services

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's been a spike in children showing up at emergency rooms because of a mental health crisis. Layman says integrating mental health services into pediatrics, schools and child care centers is an “early intervention strategy that is more important than ever.”

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After contracting COVID, Marine receives double lung

When Domen arrived at UF Health in Gainesville, his lungs had incurred so much damage from COVID-19 that he needed to be placed on what is known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation . This process involves an artificial lung that is outside of the body being connected to the heart to regulate blood oxygen levels and blood carbon dioxide levels.

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White House doctor gives Biden a good bill of health

President Biden's long-time primary care physician, Dr. Kevin O'Connor, declared Biden to be "fit for duty" on Friday after receiving his first physical since becoming president. "President Biden remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the

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A proposal reaffirming someone's right to an abortion has

One of the bill's sponsors says even if neither bill gets a hearing, it will be a way to start conversations with Republicans that abortion is health care. Two Florida Democratic lawmakers have filed companion bills declaring abortion a fundamental right. Their proposal would bar state and local

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Health care groups point to workforce 'crisis' worsened by

A broad coalition of health-care groups Monday tried to ratchet up attention on staffing and financial problems, saying the state needs to take steps to help address what industry officials describe as a “crisis.”. “The labor shortage is the worst it’s ever been,” said Emmett Reed, CEO of the Florida Health Care Association, the

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The Medicare enrollment blitz doesn’t include options to

Health insurers generally have opposed bills that require them to guarantee coverage or affordable pricing of Medigap plans, arguing that would raise premiums for current policyholders. AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans), an industry lobbying group, has taken no position on these two bills.

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As mental health effects of the pandemic linger, a local

On this week's Florida Matters, we're talking about mental health in the time of coronavirus with Clara Reynolds, President and CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Illness, isolation and job loss are behind some of the stresses leading Tampa Bay residents to call 2-1-1. And even as the pandemic wanes, Reynolds said there are still long-term

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COVID deaths in 2021 have surpassed those in 2020

Johns Hopkins gets its data directly from state and county health authorities. News of the latest deaths milestone was reported Saturday by the Wall Street Journal. In explaining the death increase, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president for COVID-19, cited the delta variant of the disease, "which is very, very different from

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Health professionals call on Florida lawmakers to reject

Physicians and other health professionals issued a call Monday — hours before a special session in Tallahassee — for Florida lawmakers to reject any bans on COVID-19 mask and vaccines mandates. Physicians and other health professionals issued a …

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Seniors decry health providers’ age bias WUSF Public Media

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Tampa Bay area health departments await shipments of

Health departments in the greater Tampa Bay region are still waiting for shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for children ages 5-11. A release from the Health Department in Hillsborough County said the vaccine, which contains a smaller dose than those given to other age groups, is being shipped from Pfizer to providers.

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Magic Johnson talks to teens about mental health in

Magic Johnson talks to high school athletes about mental health during an appearance at the Old Capitol in Tallahassee on Nov. 2, 2021. Several students said learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, social media and the pressure to perform academically and …

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Florida health care marketplace enrollment reopens and

Florida health care marketplace enrollment reopens and could grow for 2022. Open enrollment for the health care marketplace lasts until Jan. 15. But if people want coverage on Jan. 1, they must be enrolled by Dec. 15. More than 2 million Floridians got insurance coverage through the federal health care marketplace in 2021 — a number some

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Personal mission and teamwork bring a wheelchair

The green-and-white bus-shaped aluminum vessel looks a lot like the others at Silver Springs. But on the inside, it has room for large wheelchairs and foldaway seats allowing people with disabilities to enjoy underwater views with family or friends.

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Florida special session to focus on vaccine, mask mandates

Establish a process (SB 6B and HB 5B) for the state to withdraw from OSHA and “assert” Florida’s jurisdiction regarding occupational safety and health issues. Remove the authority of the state health officer, who is the surgeon general, from ordering vaccinations.

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School boards ask an appeals court to put the student mask

School boards are asking an appeals court to “expedite” consideration of a challenge to a Florida Department of Health rule aimed at preventing student mask requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attorneys for the school boards in Miami-Dade, Leon, Duval, Broward and Alachua counties took the case Friday to the 4th District Court of

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A cheap antidepressant is showing promise treating COVID

The results of the study were published Wednesday in the journal Lancet Global Health. The pill is normally used for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It would cost about $4 for a course of COVID-19 treatment. Researchers tested the antidepressant because it was known to reduce inflammation and looked promising in smaller studies.

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Fried calls higher application fee for a medical marijuana

In 2017, one medical marijuana license was set aside specifically for a Black farmer and has not yet been given out. This month, the Florida Department of Health put out an emergency rule specifying how Black farmers can apply for that license. Florida Agriculture Commissioner and gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried wants the state to revisit its rule.

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Scientists seek cause of COVID-related inflammation in

Scientists are searching for the cause of a mysterious COVID-related inflammation in children. Dante DeMaino of Danvers, Massachusetts, was diagnosed with MIS-C in March. MIS-C — multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children — is a rare but life-threatening complication of covid in which a hyperactive immune system causes damage throughout

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Salud Latina USF provides COVID-19 info to Spanish

Salud Latina USF was formed in January and is focusing on providing information about COVID-19 and health-related topics in Spanish through Facebook livestreams and social media posts. College of Public Health associate professor Arlene Calvo said faculty decided to join the project in response to the disproportionate impacts that COVID-19 has

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Medicare punishes 2,499 hospitals

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TGH Children's Hospital marks a major renovation at Tampa

The first phase of the renovation involves a $7.5 million remodel of two of the three wings of what is now known as the TGH Children’s Hospital. “Our vision is to be the safest and most innovative academic health system in America and that applies to our youngest patients as well. Through our partnership with USF Health and our private

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New podcast examines wellness trends and beliefs, like

So public health, we should not be aiming for weight, we should be aiming for health. If we're talking about medical care, a really important thing is for doctors to actually listen to patients. And if they want to have the conversation about weight loss, if a patient brings it up, I think that that is fine.

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Filipino American health workers reflect on trauma and

Doctors, respiratory and physical therapists and other health workers from the Philippines have come to the U.S. for medical training and jobs. When the pandemic happened, I knew my Filipino community would be heavily affected. Many of us ended up on the front lines caring for critical COVID-19 patients while watching colleagues and family

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Tampa pediatrician to address FDA on children's

The Florida Department of Health reported nearly 3,000 coronavirus cases among children from Oct. 8-14. One of the reasons behind the high number of cases, according to Roberts, is the absence of a vaccine for younger age groups. “Having a kids vaccine will greatly decrease the number of people who are potential carriers of coronavirus

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State asks judge to throw out challenges by six school

The school boards filed the latest challenge Wednesday, arguing, in part, that the Department of Health overstepped its legal authority in issuing the Sept. 22 emergency rule. The rule stems from a July 30 executive order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis that sought to prevent school districts from requiring students to wear masks.

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Organizing online, Covid skeptics drive public health

Health officer worries we're heading "down the road of fascism" The exodus of health officers and others resigning from their posts is not unique to Montana. A New York Times analysis found more than 500 top health officials left their jobs in the last 19 months.

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