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Weekly Blogs

Bay County Updates on COVID-19

April 6, 2020

As our community struggles to get back to some semblance of normal after the disaster of Michael, healthcare professionals find ourselves again wrestling with the chaos addressing basic healthcare needs.  These are unprecedented times, and like our patients, many of…


Emerald Coast Medical Association Joins Florida Patient Protection Coalition

February 10, 2020

Healthcare is best delivered by a team of professionals working together for the good of the patient. Each member is trained for a specific role, with specific training requirements commensurate with responsibility. Independent practice of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners not…


The Med-Mal Insurance Storm of 2020

November 22, 2019

I was living in Panama City, Florida when Hurricane Michael all but destroyed our community. As we all remember, the storm hit the Panhandle so quickly that we barely had time to prepare. This experience made me reflect back to…


Insurance Companies are NOT your Doctor

November 22, 2019

By Michelle Flaat, Executive Director of the Emerald Coast Medical Association. It’s that time of year again…Open Enrollment for Individual Health Insurance plans. Confusing information and sometimes empty promises will be made by a multitude of insurance companies about their…


Telehealth: Seeing a Medical Professional From Anywhere Around the World

August 30, 2019

Some time ago, doctors would make house calls for patients who couldn’t get out of the house. This is still practiced for special cases, but this “old-fashioned” practice is dying off. Now, this practice has seen a new style of…


A Decline in Overdose Deaths comes from a Decline in Opioid Prescriptions

August 23, 2019

The decline in opioid prescriptions has been a major force for the drop in drug overdose deaths. This is also the first time that the number of fatalities has dropped since 1990.  The amount of drug overdose deaths in the…


Study Reveals TRICARE Families are Reporting Worse Care than Commercially Insured

August 16, 2019

The families who are covered by TRICARE have reported worse access to healthcare than those with private plans and even people who are uninsured.  A research team led by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) analyzed nearly 85,000 children to…


How Fake News can Hurt Physicians and Patients

August 9, 2019

The internet is used for everything (medically) nowadays. Looking up symptoms, scheduling doctor appointments, and even looking at reviews of medical professionals. We’ve heard of people writing bad restaurant reviews for the craziest reasons. Unfortunately, these fake and irrational reviews…


Trump Administration Helping the Medical Community: Kidney Transplants

July 19, 2019

The Trump administration is doing more work for the medical community again. This time it is for an increase of access to kidney transplants and to encourage the use of in-home dialysis.  Politico reported that the Department of Health and…


Medicare Part D Is On The Rise – But Are Drug Costs Going Down?

July 12, 2019

Since 2006, the amount of people who are enrolled in Medicare Part D has doubled — totaling a little over 45 million people. That would mean that 70% of all Medicare beneficiaries are registered in the drug coverage plan (data…


WHO Wants Healthcare Reform

June 7, 2019

Last week, we spoke about the Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) and member Patty Murray (Washington) introducing a draft package of legislation. The draft packages goal is to cut healthcare cost (Click “here” if you want to go…


Healthcare Reform is Coming

May 31, 2019

In hopes to end surprise medical billing, Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) and member Patty Murray (Washington) introduced a draft package of legislation. The draft package aims to cut healthcare costs, starting with surprise medical billing and drug…