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Personnel note: Veteran state CIO Rob Fields joins One Eighty Consulting

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Rob Fields, chief information officer of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, is joining One Eighty Consulting, a Tallahassee-based governmental affairs consultancy firm. Fields, a 14-year-veteran of Florida state government, has been a top adviser to several senior government leaders on a variety of issues: health care, banking, insurance, motor vehicle and law enforcement. In a prepared statement Tuesday, Fields said he was “really excited” to be moving from the public to private sector. “One Eighty Consulting…

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Gov. Scott signs bill allowing shuttered Lakeland hospice to reopen

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On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill allowing the Lakeland hospice closed by the state over a paperwork error a chance to reopen. The governor signed HB 441, which allows Compassionate Care Hospice (CCH) on Drane Field Road access to an expedited process to reapply for its license with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The new law lets the process begin immediately. HB 441, sponsored by state Sen. Denise Grimsley of Sebring and state Rep. Ray Rodrigues…

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Death of common sense: State forcing Lakeland hospice to shut down over clerical error

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Time after time, hospice has proven to be a godsend for patients, families and loved ones. Hospice allows individuals to die with dignity, to finish lives without the pain, loneliness and fear that often accompanies death. Outside the sterile environment of a hospital, hospice patients are free from the regimen of invasive procedures typically associated with the (ultimately futile) attempt to prolong life. With the invaluable role of hospice in quality end-of-life care, why then has the State of Florida ordered…

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