Tale of two eye drugs plays out in Medicare's doctor reimbursements

Behind ophthalmology's recent ranking as Medicare's highest-reimbursed specialty is a tale of two eye drugs. Lucentis and Avastin have been shown equally effective in combating age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. They share a similar molecular make-up and even the same m …


  1. Florida lawmakers make one more push to extend health care to immigrant children


    TALLAHASSEE — A bill to extend subsidized health insurance to the state's youngest legal immigrants has stalled in the Florida Legislature, due largely to the initial $27.5 million price tag.

  2. Tale of two eye drugs plays out in Medicare's doctor reimbursements


    Behind ophthalmology's recent ranking as Medicare's highest-reimbursed specialty is a tale of two eye drugs.

  3. Florida lawmakers will re-evaluate funding model for safety net hospitals


    TALLAHASSEE — With the federal government making clear last week that no new Medicaid money is coming Florida's way, legislators say it's important they re-evaluate a new funding model that safety net hospitals say will cost them hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

  4. Cannabinoid receptor research outlines why pot may work as medicine


    Almost a decade ago, Palmetto resident Ryan Roman started using pot to cope with the effects of a rare spinal cancer that spread to his brain. Beating his doctors' predictions, the 31-year-old is still alive. He credits marijuana that he inhales through a vaporizer or ingests in concentrate form.

    Eckerd College biology professor Gregory Gerdeman talks to Sarah Wiemert during a biology lab earlier this month. Gerdeman has contributed to a book about cannabis.
  5. Largo hospital's Clearwater facility will be latest in trend of standalone ERs


    CLEARWATER — When Largo Medical Center executives wielded golden shovels this week to break ground for a standalone emergency room on one of Clearwater's busiest thoroughfares, they were mirroring a national trend: hospitals carving out highly profitable ER niches in each other's territory.

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held this week for a standalone ER operated by Largo Medical Center.
  6. Union appeals to Florida voters in the Medicaid 'coverage gap'


    TALLAHASSEE — The state health care workers' union has a new strategy in its fight to expand Medicaid coverage: reaching out to voters "who've been screwed out of health care coverage by their representative's refusal to act."

  7. Florida House approves bills to further restrict abortion, protect fetuses

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Election-year politics and an assertive Republican majority passed two bills in the Florida House on Friday that are certain to score points with a conservative base.

    Marlene O’Toole, R-Lady Lake
  8. Hip hop, yoga converge in Tampa class


    As the class breathed deeply, eyes closed meditatively, and rolled forward into downward-facing dog, DJ Menscha mixed seamlessly into Candyman's Knockin' Boots, changing the air in the room.

    As DJ Menscha spins, Michele Smith warms up before Hip Hop Yoga.
  9. Gov. Rick Scott stands by two misleading campaign ads on Obamacare


    MIAMI — Gov. Rick Scott is standing by two misleading campaign ads that falsely suggest 300,000 people in the state already lost their health insurance plans due to Obamacare.

  10. HCA announces it will waive trauma fees for the uninsured


    Hospital Corporation of America, Florida's largest provider of trauma care, announced this week it will stop charging uninsured patients a special trauma fee that can add $30,000 or more to their bills.