A Message from CEO Bryan Campbell
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Posted by: Bryan Campbell
It’s impossible to discuss medicine this week without acknowledging the efforts of the medical professionals in Las Vegas who responded to the most deadly mass shooting in American history Sunday night. While 59 people were killed by a gunman, more than 500 were injured and treated by the medical teams there. Using tragedy as an opportunity to learn and prepare, doctors from Orlando who responded to the Pulse Nightclub shooting of 2016 actually helped to prepare Las Vegas for handling a situation like this. Read more from Health News Florida.
Closer to home, two rulings from the courts will impact delivery of healthcare right here in Northeast Florida. The first is a decision by the Supreme Court not to take up an appeal by Baptist Health System in a case involving the disclosure of medical records in malpractice cases. The Florida Supreme Court previously ruled that medical records must be disclosed in such cases, despite the argument that these records were protected by the 2005 Patient Safety Act.
The second decision by a Federal judge will block the implementation of a 2016 Florida law which would have required anyone who counsels women about abortions to provide an explanation about the procedure, including alternatives, before making referrals or assisting in obtaining abortions. In his opinion striking down the law, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said, “The statute is a naked effort to impede speech on a disfavored topic promoting a disfavored but legal viewpoint.”
Finally, the state continues to wrestle with the roll-out of marijuana for medical use. There has been cognitive dissonance between the Charlotte’s Web laws passed in previous years, and the Constitutional Amendment passed in 2016. Just last week, the state missed a deadline to add additional licenses to distribute. Now, one of the companies who is already cleared to distribute in Florida is asking the state to put forth rules to allow the sale of medical marijuana to patients. A law allowing the sale, presuming the products are not geared toward children, was passed in June. However, sale is prohibited until the administrative rule is finalized.