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Lawmakers eye major changes in mental health services

Lawmakers eye major changes in mental health services

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA As Florida lawmakers study the impact of mental illness on the state's troubled criminal-justice and child-protection systems, the House and Senate are proposing major overhauls of services and funding for treatment programs. The Senate [...]

PS podcast: Gaetz argues for Senate plan to help uninsured

PS podcast: Gaetz argues for Senate plan to help uninsured

On News Talk 1370 WCOA's Pensacola Speaks, I talked with Sen. Don Gaetz on how the Florida Senate wants to provide health coverage for the uninsured. “Basically what we have is the Obama Administration saying expand Medicaid. Put another million Floridians on a program that frankly doctors and [...]

Quint Studer named one of the most interesting entrepreneurs in healthcare today

Quint Studer named one of the most interesting entrepreneurs in healthcare today

The Becker Hospital Review has published its list of the nine most interesting and intelligent entrepreneurs in healthcare today. Quint Studer, founder of Studer Group, is second on the list. Quint Studer is the founder of Pensacola, Fla.-based Studer Group, an outcomes firm that uses [...]

Inweekly 2007: Pensacola seeks solutions for health care for uninsured

Inweekly 2007: Pensacola seeks solutions for health care for uninsured

The Florida Senate this week passed a bill that would provide health care for the poor and insured. The bill still has to get through the Florida House and be signed by Gov. Rick Scott before it becomes law. Before health exchanges and Obamacare, local health care leaders offered voters a [...]

TaxWatch recommends more state funding for mental health

TaxWatch recommends more state funding for mental health

Seeing getting help for those battling mental issues as a public safety issue, Florida TaxWatch wants the state to increase funding for mental health service, pointing out that Florida ranks 49th in the nation for per capita mental health expenditures. Based on TaxWatch's analysis, Florida's [...]

Florida Senate panel moves to expand health coverage

Florida Senate panel moves to expand health coverage

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Trying to build momentum amid continued opposition from House leaders, a Senate panel Tuesday approved a plan that would expand health coverage to an estimated 800,000 low-income Floridians. The Senate Health Policy Committee unanimously backed a [...]

West Florida Hospital named to Top 100 Hospitals list

West Florida Hospital named to Top 100 Hospitals list

Modern Healthcare released a list of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals, and West Florida Hospital made that list in the large community hospital section. The recognition is based on independent and objective research that guides hospital and health system performance. The annual Truven Health [...]

Ole Miss faculty has promising research on Kratom

Ole Miss faculty has promising research on Kratom

State Sen. Greg Evers might want to look into the research being dome at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy on the herb that he wants to be have listed as a controlled substance. The National Institutes of Health Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence has funded a study of [...]

IN Rising Star Hong Tran promoted

IN Rising Star Hong Tran promoted

Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute has selected IN Rising Star Hong Tran as operations services director. Tran has been at Baptist Health Care for 10 years and has served as the corporate director of strategic planning for the past seven years. In her new role, Tran will be responsible for [...]

Local HPV program earns national recognition

An HPV vaccination awareness program led by Dr. Julie DeCesare, OB/GYN residency program director for Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola, has received national recognition from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The state of Florida ranks 49th in the nation for its [...]

Viewpoint: State of Local Healthcare Past Ridiculous

Viewpoint: State of Local Healthcare Past Ridiculous

By Suzie Farthing, RN I am incredibly frustrated with the state of healthcare in our community. Things have gotten past the point of being ridiculous. I can speak with confidence regarding this matter, because I am a seasoned registered nurse and long-time Escambia County resident. My [...]

Scott includes funds for healthcare for poor and uninsured in his budget

Scott includes funds for healthcare for poor and uninsured in his budget

The "Low Income Pool" program, known as the LIP program, is the safety healthcare safety net for the poor, providing $1 billion a year to hospitals and other providers that care for large numbers of low-income and uninsured patients. As I've reported last year, LIP is scheduled to expire June 30, [...]

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