Florida Five: WPB doctor received $21 million Medicare payout, medical marijuana bill moving forward

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South Florida ophthalmologist emerges as Medicare’s top-paid physician: A South Florida doctor under criminal investigation for alleged excessive billing of Medicare emerged as the federal health program’s top-paid physician in the nation Wednesday, according to the most detailed data on physician payments ever released in Medicare’s nearly 50-year history. Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach ophthalmologist, was paid $21 million by Medicare in 2012 — more than any other physician who billed the taxpayer-funded program that year, according to new government data. Read more

House Medical Marijuana Bill Still on Track: The light-strain medical marijuana bill, said to be under fire behind the scenes, is for the moment anyway, alive and well and moving ahead as planned in the House. House Speaker Will Weatherford told Sunshine State News on Wednesday, “The supporters of Charlotte’s Web make a compelling case for their legislation. I expect the bill to receive a fair hearing in the House at the appropriate time.” Read more

Florida Faith and Freedom holds 2nd annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast: Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition and Florida Right to Life held its 2nd annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast Thursday in Tallahassee. Coinciding with Right to Life Day, the event featured Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, among others. The following statement was released by Florida Faith and Freedom:  Read more

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