Naples-based Health Management Associates and Florida Blue have announced an accountable-care agreement for thousands of patients in Brevard County, which the two companies said would improve coordination of care and reduce costs such as redundant tests. The initiative means Wuesthoff’s medical centers in Melbourne and Rockledge,...

While the search continues for the Fountain of Youth, researchers may have found the body's "fountain of aging": the brain region known as the hypothalamus. For the first time, scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University report that the hypothalamus of mice...

The University of South Florida is creating a USF Health Specialty Care Center at The Villages, a mega retirement community in Central Florida, in a collaboration that could have a spillover effect in Polk County. USF specialists will work with primary-care doctors who are employees of...

Baby boomers in search of a South Florida retirement community look for certain amenities: accessible apartments, activities, on-site nurses. But if you're severely hearing impaired, you also may need sign language interpreters, video phones, movie captions and other deaf-friendly services. Most retirement communities, assisted living centers or nursing homes...

ive Polk County senior citizens have been nominated to be Florida's Outstanding Senior Volunteer. Seventy-six Florida nominees have been selected for the annual Salute to Seniors program, sponsored by the Home Instead Senior Care network. The program honors outstanding seniors ages 65 and older who have contributed...

Move over H1N1. We now have H7N9. The latest strain of bird flu is quickly gaining strength in China. "We're just monitoring this right now," Florida Department of Health official Dain Weister tells us. Weister says despite the deaths of 22 people in China, the strain seems contained...

For years, we had a health insurance market that was broken for small businesses. Because they had less bargaining power, small businesses paid an average of 18 percent more for the same health insurance plan offered to the bigger business down the street, and their...

One of the most important decisions the Florida Legislature will make this year will be how to provide health care to those Floridians who are not covered by either Medicaid or a private health plan. The Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate are...

Armada Health Care (Armada), the nation's largest specialty pharmacy group purchasing and channel management organization, is pleased to announce that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has chosen Armada to be its primary purchasing partner. Armada and AHF will work together to leverage the vast industry...