Health

Florida Medicaid Managed Care Gets Final Approval

Jun 14, 2013

The federal government gave final approval Friday to Florida's long-debated plan to overhaul the Medicaid system. The decision means Medicaid beneficiaries statewide will be required to enroll in HMOs and other types of managed-care plans.

The decision wasn't a surprise: Federal officials signaled earlier this year they would grant approval.

But Friday's announcement was a victory for Governor Rick Scott and Republican lawmakers who approved the proposal in 2011 amid controversy about whether the changes would best serve the needs of low-income Floridians.

Florida Seniors Living Longer But Not Healthier

May 30, 2013

A new study says Florida’s seniors are living longer, but not necessarily healthier lives. The report released today by America’s Health Rankings places Florida 30th out of 50 states for senior health. But there are some unsettling numbers behind that ranking:

Over the next 15-years, the report projects Florida’s senior population will increase by 88%. United Health Foundation senior advisor Dr. Reed Tuckson says that’s significant because the vast majority of our seniors are living with one or more chronic health conditions. Additionally, our seniors seem to be heavy drinkers.

Over the last few years, doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals have been getting federal funding to go paperless. That means more patients have access to their medical records online. Spanish speakers may have the option to get their medical records in Spanish, but understanding those records can be complicated.

The number of eyelid lifts paid for by Medicare more than tripled in a 10-year span, according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity. The cost to U.S. taxpayers for the simple surgery rose to $80 million in 2011 from $20 million in 2001, according to the report.

Do you know or care for someone with ADHD? The Coalition for a Drug-Free southwest Florida holds its annual Conference on Addictive Disorders on Thursday, June 6 starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Lee County School District Building in Fort Myers. The topic is “The Child with ADHD”.  We’ll hear from one of the speakers, Fort Myers Psychologist Dr. Christina Hansen, about the latest traditional and non-traditional treatments. 

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