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Nov. 14, 2019
Volume X  |  Issue 46           
ACA Under Siege
Shannon Muchmore
Healthcare Dive

As the national healthcare conversation pivots to questions of how to expand coverage to more Americans, the biggest step in this direction faces a dire legal challenge and potential upheaval for the healthcare industry. A decision is expected any day now on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, a law that is certainly no stranger to controversy and ire. The act protected coverage for pre-existing medical conditions in a change that proved pivotal to Americans. It also sought to bring down skyrocketing healthcare prices and push the industry toward payment based on value rather than volume.
Should Speed Eating Contests Be Banned?
Skeptical Scalpel

This eating contest season, there was only one death this year, as far as I can determine. A 41-year-old California man died in August while participating in a taco eating contest at a minor league baseball game. The coroner said he choked to death. In case you were wondering, the Associated Press thoughtfully stated: "It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten or whether he had won the contest." Other reports said he had collapsed and fallen to the ground. The contest was immediately stopped, and the Fresno Grizzlies baseball team canceled another eating contest, the Taco Truck Throwdown.



The Med Mal Insurance Storm of 2020
Julie Danna
I was living in Panama City, FL when Hurricane Michael pretty much destroyed the community. It was a storm that hit the Panhandle so quickly that we barely had time to prepare. This experience made me reflect back to the medical malpractice insurance crisis that hit Florida back in the late 1990s early 2000s. It was harsh and destructive. I remember going to many town hall meetings with my partner Matt Gracey where we'd listen to stories and pleas of desperate physicians and surgeons begging for help. How the carriers either pulled out of Florida or made it so hard for us to find coverage that our clients and prospects could afford. Now I go to work each day knowing that we are about to revert back to those days and I can't help but wonder if it will be as quick as Hurricane Michael and will the healthcare providers and facilitates be prepared?
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What's in a name?
Christine Sexton
News Service of Florida via Health News Florida
Each year, one of the more-heated health care issues in Tallahassee surrounds "scope of practice" --- or what services providers can legally offer. But members of a House panel wrestled Wednesday with a somewhat different issue: what health-care providers should be allowed to call themselves. The House Health Quality Subcommittee approved a bill ( HB 309) that would make clear non-physicians are not allowed to identify themselves as physicians, surgeons, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, cardiologists, dermatologists, endocrinologists and many other doctor monikers. The bill was filed to blunt a unanimous decision by the Florida Board of Nursing to allow John McDonough, an advanced practice registered nurse, to identify himself as a "nurse anesthesiologist" without facing repercussions.

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