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Lower Medicare premiums, more cost savings for Florida seniors

Open enrollment for Florida Medicare beneficiaries comes with some positive news: Most seniors will see cost savings in 2023. For the first time in more than a decade, Floridians will see a reduction in their premiums in 2023 for Medicare Part B and Medicare Advantage plans. The much-lauded decrease will save Floridians about $5.20 a month on their premiums for the portion of Medicare that covers physician services, hospital outpatient services and certain home health services. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

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Baptist Health Care expands its focus on breast cancer diagnosis and treatment

Kelly Ward, a social worker and breast health navigator, highlights Baptist Health Care’s growing focus on breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. “We started with a department of about four people and now we have 19,” she says. Genetic testing and scalp cooling to reduce hair loss during chemotherapy are among the new treatments. [Source: Florida Trend]

Florida pediatrician suggests protections to keep children healthy as RSV cases rise

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, more commonly known as RSV, is on the rise here in Florida. The increase in cases worries some doctors, since the increase is starting well before the typical winter month surge. The common respiratory virus causes mild flu-like symptoms in most people, but can lead to more severe illness and even hospitalization in children younger than 1 year. Dr. Sally Elias is a pediatrician at Nemours Children’s Hospital. Elias says she is urging their families with babies to put protections in place during the busy holiday season that starts in a few weeks. More of WMFEand the Tampa Bay Times.

Walmart to pay $215 million to settle Florida opioid accusations

Walmart will pay the state $215 million to Florida as part of a settlement agreement to resolve claims that its pharmacies helped contribute to the state’s opioid crisis. Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Thursday that as part of the settlement, Walmart has agreed to provide 672,000 naloxone kits to first responders over 10 years. Naloxone is a life-saving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. Under the settlement, Walmart “denies any and all claims and allegations of wrongdoing.” [Source: Health News Florida]

Gas station chain to sell medical marijuana at 10 Florida locations

International chain of convenience stores Circle K will partner with marijuana company Green Thumb Industries to sell cannabis at gas stations in Florida next year. Green Thumb, a national cannabis company that owns dispensaries selling marijuana products under the Rise Dispensaries name, said the rollout will begin with 10 select locations in 2023 before potentially expanding in the future. more of the The hill Y WPLG.


› Alachua authorities see increase in opioid emergencies despite naloxone program
Alachua County has seen an overall increase in opioid-related 911 calls over the past six years — more than doubling the number of calls since 2021 compared to 2015. The 2022 numbers continue to rise. Florida saw nearly five times more opioid-related emergencies since 2021 compared to 2015. In response, the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County has been providing naloxone, a medication that can stop an opioid overdose, to people in situations of overdose since January.

› Despite drop in case numbers, COVID-19 deaths rise in Brevard for the first time in a month
Despite the drop in the number of COVID-19 cases, and though Brevard County remains a low-transmission community, the number of deaths from the coronavirus on the Space Coast has increased for the first time in about a month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Friday. For the first time since the second week of September, deaths from COVID-19 increased in Brevard, the CDC said. The agency reported 13 deaths between October 13 and 19. Two weeks ago, between September 30 and October 6, there were fewer than 10 deaths, although the CDC did not provide an exact number.

› HCA Florida hospital elects 2 new nursing leaders
HCA Florida Blake Hospital in Bradenton has selected Todd Haner, DNP, RN, to serve as Director of Nursing and Shelly Castro, MSN, as Assistant CNO. Dr. Haner has nearly 30 years of nursing leadership experience, the 383-bed hospital said. Ms. Castro began her nursing career as a physician in the Air Force and since then she has spent more than 30 years in nursing.

› Florida has the worst adult flu vaccination rate in the country in 2022
Just in time for the start of another flu season, Florida’s adult flu vaccination rate has bottomed out. The Sunshine State ranked 51st in that category in WalletHub’s annual report of states that vaccinate the most, which included the District of Columbia and evaluated 17 medical metrics. Florida completed its run to the bottom of the list, from 50th in 2021 to 49th in 2020. In 2022, the state had half the adult flu vaccination rate of Rhode Island, which topped the list.

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