Hurricane Michael: A message from the Florida Surgeon General
In an effort to keep you informed and prepared to facilitate care during Hurricane Michael, please see Governor Rick Scott’s Executive Order declaring a state of emergency covering 35 counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend
As State Surgeon General, I have also issued an emergency order . This emergency order allows health care professionals holding a valid, unrestricted and unencumbered license in any state, territory, and/or district to assist our state with response and recovery efforts and also provides a reporting extension to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) for counties included in the Governor’s Executive Order
I would also like to note that per statute , if the PDMP is nonoperational or cannot…
UF Health Proton Therapy Institute receives donations from THE PLAYERS Championship
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2018) — A new 14-passenger shuttle bus for patient transportation and a $5,000 donation to enhance the social programming for adolescents and young adults who are being treated for cancer was received by the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute from THE PLAYERS Championship during the annual Red Coat Ride Out
THE PLAYERS volunteer leadership – the Red Coats – presented the gifts on Tuesday as part of its record $9 million charitable outreach in Northeast Florida, funds generated by the annual professional golf tournament held in Ponte Vedra Beach
The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute has a van to transport patients and their caregivers, primarily children and their families, who stay at…
State health data system often rejects information
By NSF Staff
Florida hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and emergency departments are required to electronically submit data to the state about patients who are discharged. But a recent survey of those providers showed that nearly 78 percent of respondents reported having data rejected most of the time.Just 21.82 percent of those surveyed indicated that their submissions were accepted between 75 percent and 90 percent of the time
The findings of the survey will be shared with the State Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Council, which meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Gainesville and via webinar. The survey was conducted to help the state Agency for Health Care Administration plan to modernize its data-collection system
Use of drug database increases amid opioid fight
By Christine Sexton
TALLAHASSEE --- One of Florida’s main weapons to thwart “doctor shopping” has been expanding substantially after the passage of a tough new law aimed at addressing the continuing opioid crisis
State officials said Thursday that more than 92,000 health-care providers had registered to use an electronic database that tracks patients who are prescribed controlled substances
The August total is more than double the number of providers who were registered to use the system the previous year.
Bruce Culpepper, a consultant for the Florida Department of Health, told members of the Health Information Exchange Coordinating Committee about the “major uptick in activity” in response to the new law, which, for the first time, requires…
Opioid Prescribing Resources
Is Your Practice Breaking the Law?
Visit the Duval County Medical Society Blog for an 8-question checklist that will ensure your practice is in full compliance with the new Opioid Prescribing law.
Information from the FMA
Florida Medical Association General Counsel Jeff Scott, Esq. has also put together a helpful article on what you need to know about the Opioid Prescribing law.
Medscape Residents Salary & Debt Report 2018
More than 1900 residents from over 29 specialties reveal their salary; debts; relationships with attendings, nurses, and PAs; and other intriguing information.