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Dental care vendor loses trade secrets case

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The winning vendor of a deal to provide dental benefits for the state children’s health insurance program has lost a court fight over what it claims are trade secrets. Circuit Judge Karen Gievers of Tallahassee last week ruled against Managed Care of North America (MCNA Dental). She ordered the company to divulge certain records to Delta Dental. MCNA now must give up the names and locations of the dentists it contracts with. It’s the latest trade-secrets case in the news recently. Visit…

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Dental care vendor suing Healthy Kids over public records

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A company that manages dental benefits for the state children’s health insurance program is fighting the release of records it says contain “trade secrets.” Managed Care of North America (MCNA) sued the Florida Healthy Kids Corp. after it caught wind of a Tallahassee lawyer’s public records request. The company wants a Leon County circuit judge to declare the requested records off-limits because they contain “proprietary, confidential business information.” Judge James Hankinson granted a temporary injunction Monday, freezing the records pending a final…

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Kathy Castor & Tampa health officials celebrate signing of “Doc Fix” Medicare bill

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President Obama is scheduled to host congressional leaders of both parties at the White House later this afternoon to cheer on a recently passed bill that makes reforms to Medicare. The bill eliminated Congress’s two-decade old Medicare payment problems known as the “doc fix,” and has been hailed as a rare form of bipartisanship in Washington. “If this bill had not gone forth, we were looking at a 21 percent cut in Medicare funding for physicians,” said Dr. Bradley Fouraker,…

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