Six Polk County nursing homes are among U.S. News and World Report's Best Nursing Homes 2013. They are the ones with five stars, the federal government's top ranking. Alphabetically, they are: Crossroads, 60 beds, 206 W. Orange St., Davenport. Florida Presbyterian Homes Porter-McGrath Health Center, 48 beds, 909 Lakeside...

As part of a nationwide push, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida urged Northeast Florida residents to complete their advance healthcare directives. National Healthcare Decisions Day is Tuesday, April 16. Despite recent gains in public awareness, studies indicate most Americans have not documented their healthcare wishes in the event...

The Villages, a sprawling retirement community in Central Florida, is asking legislators to bypass state rules and a moratorium on new nursing homes so it can construct one in the sprawling retirement community. HB 1159 would carve out an exception that would allow nursing homes...

Age may be finally catching up with The Villages, the sprawling retirement haven for the over-55 that promises recreational activities "beyond imagination." It needs nursing homes. Proposed bills in the Legislature would allow developers of the community with 100,000 residents to build nursing homes, adding up to...

Accountable Care Organizations in Florida have joined together to form the Florida Association of ACOs (FLAACOs).  With more than a dozen ACOs in Florida up and running, FLAACOs' mission is for members to collaborate to ensure that each organization grows and thrives. The newly formed association is aligning goals...

South Florida would gain 20,000 health care jobs, more than any other region in the state, ifMedicaid is expanded, according to a report released last week by University of Florida researchers. Commissioned by the Florida Hospital Association to urge the state legislature to accept the federal funds to expand...

Tobacco Free Florida Week turns five years old this month. The program, Tobacco Free Florida, is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign that educates people about the dangers of smoking, and provides self-help resources for smokers who are trying to quit. The Florida Department of Health reports the initiative, which...

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — With almost one in five residents in Palm Beach County lacking health insurance, officials here thought they had hit on a smart solution. The county launched a program that offered subsidized coverage to residents who could not afford private insurance but who...