United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Samuel Friedman (47, Pasco County) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. According to the plea agreement, Friedman owned andContinue Reading

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Jonathan Michael Rouffe (47, Boca Raton) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. According to the plea agreement, in 2018,Continue Reading

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,  the Brickyard 400. Johnson 44, is the first NASCAR driver to test positive for coronavirus and will be quarantined until testing negative. He was tested earlier Friday after his wife, Chani,Continue Reading

A national panel of health experts is for the first time recommending that clinicians screen all adults for unhealthy drug use. From the abstract, under Importance: An estimated 12% of adults 18 years or older and 8% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years report unhealthy use of prescription orContinue Reading

Four Florida men were charged in an indictment unsealed Thursday for their alleged participation in a compound pharmacy kickback scheme. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez of the Middle District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Cyndy Bruce ofContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County commission voted on spending the $257 million received from the federal government in Cares Act coronavirus aid. Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding Tampa Bay and Career Source Tampa Bay top a list of wide-ranging assistance programs which will see money to help in the months ahead. Ron Barton, assistantContinue Reading

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The COVID-19 death toll in Pinellas County is now at four after the Florida Department of Health released new data Saturday morning. The new deaths include an 83-year-old woman, a 64-year-old man and a 52-year-old man. Mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted Saturday that realtor Bob Barnum was among those who have died. “COVID-19 hitting closer and closer to home. BobContinue Reading

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Tampa General Hospital is bringing world-class care to your door with Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track. Now, patients can get the medical attention they need by simply calling 1-813-844-8888 and a medical provider will travel to their home for the consultation. “There’s no need to leave theContinue Reading

Yesterday federal Judge William F. Jung issued an order granting summary judgment to Liberty Counsel in its suit to invalidate the Tampa ordinance that prohibited licensed counselors from providing voluntary talk therapy to minors seeking help to reduce or eliminate their unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, or identity. Today’s ruling permanently strikes down theContinue Reading

Brutus & Barnaby of Clearwater, Florida is recalling all size variations of our Pig Ears for Dogs because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact withContinue Reading

A Florida physician mishandled an abortion by performing the procedure on the wrong woman in 2017 at A Women’s Center of Hollywood, an abortion facility in Hollywood, Florida. That doctor, Harvey Craig Roth, will now have to pay a $10,000 fine and take additional courses as a punishment for hisContinue Reading

LifeLink Tissue Bank, a division of LifeLink® Foundation, Inc. headquartered in Tampa, FL, announces a new distribution partnership with Parcus Medical. “Together, we will offer the orthopedic community first-class allograft tissue, implants and instrumentation for sports medicine procedures,” said Bart Bracy, Senior Vice President for Parcus Medical. “This synergistic relationshipContinue Reading

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) achieved “Exemplar” status for the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program again this year. NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65-years-and-older. The “Exemplar” status recognizes the Bay Pines VAHCS’s ongoing dedication to geriatric care andContinue Reading

Behind a message of “Fight with Courage,” Tampa resident Valarie Schlosser will be one of the 25 people featured in a new PSA rotating in Times Square this March for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Schlosser was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 49 and has become an ambassador for the country’sContinue Reading

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Doctors are encouraging parents to better understand the mental health risks associated with children and adolescents diagnosed with scoliosis. In addition to physical pain and discomfort, having an abnormality like scoliosis at a sensitive age can take an emotional toll. Some effects of scoliosis include relationship issues, low self-esteem andContinue Reading

Department of Veterans Affairs employee Sheila Mott will have her two-grade demotion reviewed by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) after her case was remanded back to the Board by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit January 26, 2018. Sheila was initially removed from her positionContinue Reading