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Third-quarter opioid prescriptions fell in Florida

| Nov 11, 2021 | Florida

Third-quarter data on statewide opioid prescriptions for 2021 has been made available by Florida Health, and shows that between July and September, the number of prescriptions dispensed to patient ticked down.  According to the dashboard on Florida Health Charts, the number of opioid prescriptions decreased during the third quarter to...[ Read More ]

An update on the Florida prescription drug importation plan

| Nov 10, 2021 | Florida

Simone Marstiller, secretary for the Florida Agency of Health Care Administration, provided an update to the Senate Committee on Health Policy on the state's prescription drug importation program, which could eventually bring cheaper prescriptions into the state from Canada. In 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Modernization Act, which authorized the...[ Read More ]

Staff salaries take center stage at interim committee meeting

| Oct 28, 2021 | Florida

Florida’s House Health and Human Services Committee held an interim committee hearing on Oct. 19 to address health care staffing challenges facing the state.      Of primary concern for several of the health officials that participated in the meeting was inadequate staff pay, the workforce pipeline, and regulatory roadblocks. ...[ Read More ]

Shevaun Harris named Florida’s interim AHCA secretary

Shawna De La Rosa | Nov 10, 2020 | Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis recently appointed Shevaun Harris as acting secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration. Harris has been at the agency for more than a decade, having held the positions of bureau chief of Medicaid policy and AHCA administrator. She is also an adjunct professor at Florida State...[ Read More ]

Florida task force releases long-term care facility visitation recommendations

Shawna De La Rosa | Nov 10, 2020 | Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis lifted the ban on nursing home visitors after a Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities prepared and released their final recommendations. Visitors, including children, can now visit long-term care facilities and nursing homes. Outdoor visitation will be allowed regardless of the...[ Read More ]

Without additional action, experts warn Washington could be in a “Florida-like condition” for COVID-19 spread

Emily Boerger | Jul 24, 2020 | Washington

Experts warn Washington could be in a “Florida-like condition” if the state doesn’t take action to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The warning came during a Thursday press conference where Gov. Jay Inslee introduced a series of new restrictions on restaurants, bars, weddings, and fitness centers.     A recent...[ Read More ]