FL Docs Among Top Tranquilizer Prescribers

Jun 10, 2015

In 2012, Medicare’s massive prescription drug program didn’t spend a penny on popular tranquilizers such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan.

The following year, it doled out more than $377 million for the drugs.

While it might appear that an epidemic of anxiety swept the nation’s Medicare enrollees, the spike actually reflects a failed policy initiative by Congress.

Getting an appointment with a doctor may get a lot harder over the next ten years, according to a study out this week.

The report, commissioned by the Teaching Hospital Council of Florida and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, says Florida is facing a troubling shortage of specialist doctors - to the tune of almost 7,000. Even though South Florida has a number of teaching hospitals, the survey finds the region will still feel the crunch, especially in Palm Beach County.

Federal aid to find and help the victims of sexual human trafficking may soon be on its way to the states, thanks to a package of bills just passed in the House of Representatives. One of those bills was filed by South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and it concentrates on health care providers. 

Judge Approves Physicians United Liquidation

Jun 10, 2014
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About 31,000 Florida seniors will need to change their Medicare Advantage plans,. A Tallahassee judge  approved the state's takeover of Physicians United HMO, effective July 1.

Recent financial reports show that Physicians United was nearly $13 million in debt and couldn't pay many healthcare providers.

A group of Florida doctors has been charging Medicare at a surprisingly high rate.