Posts Tagged ‘Department of Health’

As Broward sheriff shops for inmate healthcare, jail deaths haunt controversial contractor

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
For 14 years, the Broward Sheriff’s Office has paid Miami’s Armor Correctional Health Services hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to provide healthcare services for Broward‘s jail inmates. The money flowed despite accusations of substandard care, political intrigue and disturbing disclosures about at least 15 shocking, needless deaths. Today, BSO is again soliciting bids for a new multi-year contract and Armor wants the job.
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Before deaths, Gov. Rick Scott and Hollywood nursing home owner were chummy

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Before Gov. Rick Scott and South Florida healthcare mogul Dr. Jack Michel began pointing fingers at each other after elderly patients baked to death in Michel’s now-closed Hollywood nursing home, the two men were pals of a sort.
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Saying voter intent ‘ignored’ on medical marijuana, Tampa Bay Times is just plain wrong

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
The Tampa Bay Times is just plain wrong about something, and it has stuck in my craw for nearly a week now.
Last Thursday, a Times headline read: “Voter intent on medical marijuana ignored.” Two days later, columnist John Romano followed suit with virtually the same narrative.
“Ignored?”
The clear inference of the editorial – notably, the word “ignored” – utterly fails to acknowledge reality.
“Ignored” clearly and purposefully claims the will of those who voted for the constitutional amendment has been intentionally disregarded or not considered. Whether you agree or disagree with the direction things are headed, clear evidence suggests Amendment 2

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Jeff Brandes files medical marijuana implementing bill

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Sen. Jeff Brandes wants a total overhaul of the state’s medical marijuana laws, filing legislation to repeal current law dealing with low-THC cannabis and replace it with a new regulatory system.
The St. Petersburg Republican filed the legislation (SB 614) Tuesday. A long-time critic of the current medical marijuana system, Brandes’ bill has the potential to open up the market beyond the seven dispensing organizations under law.
“The overwhelming support of Amendment 2 was a strong mandate that Floridians demand fundamental change to the way we regulate medical marijuana,” said Brandes in a statement. “The laws on the books today promote

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Modern Health Concepts, PalliaTech team up as Florida’s medical pot industry grows

Monday, January 30th, 2017
A South Florida medical marijuana dispensing organization is thinking ahead, entering into a strategic partnership to help plan for future growth.
Modern Health Concepts, a South Florida-based medical cannabis provider, announced last week that shareholders successfully formed a strategic partnership with PalliaTech Inc.
Created in 2010, the Massachusetts-based company began as a medical device company and was one of the first to develop and patent a medical cannabis vaporizing unit able to deliver a single metered dose to patients. It now operates vertically-integrated cannabis companies in several states.
“We admire what Modern Health Concepts has done to date to successfully evolve this

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Trulieve to open medical marijuana dispensary in Tampa

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
Trulieve is expanding into Tampa.
The medical marijuana dispensing organization announced Tuesday it will open its third dispensary Thursday in Tampa. The company currently has dispensaries in Tallahassee and Clearwater.
“This is an exciting start to the new year for Trulieve and the patients we serve,” said Kim Rivers, the company’s CEO in a statement. “As the first licensee to be authorized to dispense medical cannabis in Florida, we are pleased to serve an expanding Tampa market. We are also excited to be opening our newest dispensary.”
Trulieve is one of seven dispensing organizations currently authorized by the Department of Health to

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Drug Free America urges caution as lawmakers discuss Amendment 2 implementation

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
Drug Free America is urging Florida lawmakers to “proceed with caution” as they begin crafting legislation to implement the state’s newest medical marijuana law.
“While we were opposed to Amendment 2 for a number of specific reasons, we recognize Florida voters have spoken,” said Calvina Fay, the executive director of Drug Free America, in a statement. “We also recognize lawmakers will soon convene and consider implementing language … that will dictate policy for generations to come. We strongly urge them to exercise extreme caution moving forward.
On Thursday, Sen. Rob Bradley filed Senate Bill 406, the Amendment 2 implementing bill. The bill comes just days after

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DOH begins Amendment 2 rule-making

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

More patients might be eligible for medical marijuana under Amendment 2, but a preliminary draft of new rules doesn’t appear to open the state to more dispensing organizations immediately.
The Florida Department of Health announced this week it would begin holding rule-making workshops across the state in early February. Those rules are meant to set “clear guidance on use of terms and implementation” of the amendment.
The proposed rule defines a “qualifying debilitating condition” as a conditions currently outlined in state law or “cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder

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Treadwell Nursery hires Gunster lobbyists Joanna Lee Clary Bonafanti and J. Larry Williams

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Treadwell Nursery appears to be sticking with Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart.
Joanna Lee Clary Bonafanti and J. Larry Williams registered with the state to lobby the Florida Legislature on behalf of the Central Florida nursery on Dec. 13. The nursery, which was one of several applicants seeking a permit to grow and distribute medical marijuana, enlisted the help of two other Gunster team members earlier in 2016.
State records show Derek Bruce and Cameron Yarbrough registered to lobby the Legislature on the nursery’s behalf in August and July respectively. In October 2016, the nursery also enlisted the help of Jeffrey Sharkey

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Personnel note: Michele Tallent becomes deputy secretary at Department of Health

Monday, November 28th, 2016
Budget whiz Michele Tallent has become the Florida Department of Health‘s full-time deputy secretary for administrative services after acting as interim since January.
The department announced the move in a Monday press release.
“Her years of service and extensive experience with finance and management will help ensure the department’s capacity to provide essential public health services,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip in a statement.
Tallent oversees the Divisions of Administration, Disability Determinations and Medical Quality Assurance, and Office of Information Technology.
She served as director of the department’s Office of Budget and Revenue Management from March 2014 until becoming acting deputy secretary for

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Miami-Dade to get $7.4 million more in state money to fight Zika

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Even though it’s mid-October, the state of Florida continues to battle the Zika virus.
And on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott announced $7.4 million in additional state funding to Miami-Dade County to combat Zika’s spread.
The money will be allocated toward mosquito control, including increased spraying of insecticide and hiring additional staff.
Since June, Gov. Scott has authorized $61.2 million toward anti-Zika efforts.
Miami-Dade has gotten $12.6 million of that sum.
“Miami-Dade County has more than 130 cases of locally transmitted Zika and more than 230 travel related cases. We are working to aggressively fight this virus, but it is clear that more resources are needed to

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Still more Miami-Dade mosquitoes test positive for Zika

Saturday, October 1st, 2016
Yet another batch of mosquitoes in Miami Beach has tested positive for the Zika virus.
The results were in the same location “where five other samples had previously tested positive,” the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Saturday.
The latest positive sample of Aedes aeqypti mosquitoes was from a trap located on West 49th Street in Miami Beach, according to a news release.
The county’s Mosquito Control team “will continue to conduct inspections to reduce mosquito breeding and perform spray treatments as necessary in a 200-yard radius around the trap location,” the department said.
The Zika virus can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, where

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Gov. Scott’s blind trust and a company with a massive pollution problem

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Gov. Rick Scott put $133 million of his assets into a blind trust two years ago, he included his shares of Mosaic, owner of the Central Florida fertilizer plant where 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater recently drained into an aquifer that provides drinking water for millions of Floridians.
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Rick Scott orders DEP investigation in St. Petersburg sewage discharges

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to investigate sewage discharges in St. Petersburg.
The Governor’s Office made the announcement Wednesday, just one day after Scott called on the state Department of Health to begin additional testing at the discharge site. While city is responsible for testing in the immediate area, the Department of Health will monitor the water quality and do sampling at 14 beaches — including nine in Pinellas County and five in Hillsborough.
“Florida is known for our pristine environment, world-class beaches and award winning state parks,” said Scott in a statement. “We must

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Rick Scott orders DEP investigation in St. Petersburg sewage discharges

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to investigate sewage discharges in St. Petersburg.
The Governor’s Office made the announcement Wednesday, just one day after Scott called on the state Department of Health to begin additional testing at the discharge site. While city is responsible for testing in the immediate area, the Department of Health will monitor the water quality and do sampling at 14 beaches — including nine in Pinellas County and five in Hillsborough.
“Florida is known for our pristine environment, world-class beaches and award winning state parks,” said Scott in a statement. “We must

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Gov. Scott’s undisclosed interest – via First Lady – in Zika mosquito control company

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has an undisclosed financial interest in a Zika mosquito control company in which his wife, Florida First Lady Ann Scott, owns a multi-million dollar stake through a private investment firm she co-owns.
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