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U.S. Overdose Deaths Dipped In 2018, But Some States Saw 'Devastating' Increases Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 July 2019 16:58

Selena Simmons-Duffin reports for NPR via Health News Florida on 7/18/19:  
Good news came out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday: Preliminary data shows reported drug overdoses declined 4.2% in 2018, after rising precipitously for decades...But not everyone was celebrating. Some states actually saw double-digit increases.
"It is still a nightmare. And the danger in media over-portraying this is actually quite substantial," says Shawn Ryan, MD, an addiction doctor in Ohio and past-president of the Ohio Society of Addiction Medicine. "If we look at just that decrease nationally - which is not that big - we're missing the point. In order to get back to baseline, we have a very long way to go." 

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Florida Hospitals Eye New Transplant Programs Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 July 2019 17:30

Christine Sexton reports for News Service of Florida via Health News Florida on 7/12/19:  

It's been less than two weeks since Florida jettisoned some long-standing regulations for hospitals, but several facilities across the state are already gearing up to expand medically complex services, such as transplants. For the last two years, five hospitals have shown an interest in offering new high-end services, but they were unable to do so because of the state's certificate-of-need (CON) requirements...But now has been eliminated...

John Couris, CEO of Tampa General Hospital, has an excellent blog post addressing the CON repeal and the potential consequences. He points out that "procedure volume is critical in order to have positive patient outcomes."  Cleveland Clinic Florida CEO Wael Barsoum is a proponent of the CON repeal, stating "I'm glad it's gone...It's better for our communities and better for our patients. Competition is a good thing. It drives lower costs and it drives better quality." Santiago Leon, JD, Associate Director, Health & Benefits at Willis Towers Watson in Miami is not impressed with Dr. Barsoum's argument. "Great, now we get more low-volume teams doing complex operations," he states sarcastically.

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2019 17:59
New Telehealth Law Takes Effect in FL Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 12:29

On June 25, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law HB 23, which sets up guidelines for telehealth services in Florida. The legislation took effect July 1. Among other things, the law creates new practice standards for how telehealth can be used and by whom, registration of out-of-state telehealth providers, where telehealth services can be provided, and provisions relating to reimbursement. The key provisions are as follows...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2019 12:33
American Medical Students Less Likely to Choose to Become Primary Care Doctors Print E-mail
Written by Victoria Knight | KHN via Health News Florida   
Friday, 05 July 2019 10:26

Despite hospital systems and health officials calling out the need for more primary care doctors, graduates of U.S. medical schools are becoming less likely to choose to specialize in one of those fields.

A record-high number of primary care positions was offered in the 2019 National Resident Matching Program - known to doctors as "the Match." It determines where a medical student will study in their chosen specialty after graduation. But this year, the percentage of primary care positions filled by fourth-year medical students was the lowest on record.

"I think part of it has to do with income," said Mona Signer, the CEO of the Match. "Primary care specialties are not the highest paying." She suggested that where a student gets a degree also influences the choice. "Many medical schools are part of academic medical centers where research and specialization is a priority," she said.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2019 10:29
Executive Order on Hospital Price Transparency May Prompt Disclosure of Negotiated Prices Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 July 2019 12:50

Emily J. Cook, Michael B. Kimberly, Paul W. Hughes
and Steven J. Schnelle offer an inside look at the recent White House order in a June 28  post:  
President Trump has issued an Executive Order instructing several federal agencies to begin rulemaking processes intended to increase the transparency of hospital pricing. Among other measures, the Executive Order directs the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services to begin a rulemaking process that would require hospitals to publicly post commercially negotiated rates with third-party payors. This On the Subject provides an overview of historic developments in the regulation of hospital price transparency, summarizes key provisions of the Executive Order and analyzes various aspects of the Executive Order relevant to industry stakeholders.

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