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Personnel note: Tamela Perdue leaves AIF for Sunshine Health

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Tamela I. Perdue is leaving the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) for Sunshine Health, one of the “largest health care plans in Florida.” Sunshine Health announced the hire in a news release on Wednesday. Perdue was AIF’s general counsel for 10 years, according to her bio, and is an expert on workers’ compensation law. Gov. Rick Scott in April appointed her to the state’s Workers’ Compensation Panel. At Sunshine Health, Perdue will be Senior Vice President of Legislative and Government Affairs, handling its lobbying. She also…

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Email Insights: Florida Hospital Association thanks lawmakers for transparency bill

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The Florida Hospital Association patted the Legislature on the back in a Friday email celebrating the passage of their preferred healthcare transparency bill. “The Legislature has demonstrated responsible leadership by passing House Bill 1175 to increase the availability and usefulness of information about health care prices and quality of care,” FHA President Bruce Rueben said. “This bill will help people make better informed health care decisions. We are proud to have worked with Senator Rob Bradley and Representative Chris Sprowls on the development and passing of…

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Senate committee passes series of cost-saving health care proposals

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved Thursday several bills with some cost-saving measures for health providers. The bills now head to the Senate floor. LobbyTools is reporting on SB 1686, sponsored by Fernandina Beach Republican Sen. Aaron Bean, which will allow Florida’s health care practitioners to provide telehealth services. The bill creates a task force under the Agency for Health Care Administration to study ways to implement telehealth. An amendment allows representatives of long-term-care services to become part of the task force. SB 152,…

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Capitol Reax: Telehealth, Dozier School for Boys, dental plans, economic incentives

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Efforts to expand telehealth options in Florida are moving through the state Legislature, and the state Senate on Tuesday approved a measure (SB 1686) aimed at improving access. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean, defines telehealth, creates a telehealth task force, and authorizes healthcare practitioners in Florida to participate in telehealth. The measure passed the Senate health policy committee 9-0. Dominic Calabro, president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, said in a statement: “We are extremely pleased that the Legislature…

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Amid heated debate, FHA unveils new health care info site

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It’s no secret Gov. Rick Scott, former health care CEO, has a newfound zeal for protecting Floridians from mayhem wrought by allegedly out-of-control hospitals and providers. Scott insists on more regulations, disclosure, and even criminal penalties for providers who charge “unconscionable” rates. He has even gone so as far to say a bill towards that end currently circulating doesn’t go far enough. In a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning, Florida Hospital Association President Bruce Rueben begged to differ. FHA unveiled a new…

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Pro-life groups call for protests at 14 Planned Parenthood facilities in Florida this weekend

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This Saturday, protests are being scheduled in front of Planned Parenthood facilities across the country, including 14 locations throughout Florida. More than 50 pro-life groups are listed as members of the “ProtestPP” National Day of Protest coalition.  According to the organizers’ website, the goal is to “raise awareness of the heartless and even illegal activities of Planned Parenthood by going to where the killing and harvesting of body parts from aborted children takes place.” The four main sponsors are Created Equal, the…

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Planned Parenthood to respond to Rick Scott on Monday

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The politically divisive cultural war over abortion rights have resurfaced with a vengeance this summer. The latest flashpoint has centered around a series of edited videotapes that appear to show administrators from Planned Parenthood detailing how fetal tissue drawn from abortions was used in medical research. On Friday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson moved to cut the state’s funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, becoming the fourth state in the country to do so in the past month. Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced two…

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