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House Seeks ‘Shared Savings’ in Health Care

House members continued moving forward Tuesday with a plan that would give patients a cut of the savings if they can find health-care services at a lower cost than what insurers would ordinarily pay.

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By Christine Jordan Sexton
2/19/2009 © Florida Health News

TALLAHASSEE – The battle to abolish an obscure Medicaid spending panel has taken on the trappings of a full-fledged political campaign.

 By Christine Jordan Sexton
2/18/2009 © Florida Health News

 By Carol Gentry
2/13/2009 © Florida Health News

As many as 300 Florida doctors now require patients to sign a promise that they will not post Internet comments about them without permission.

Patients promise they “will not denigrate, defame, disparage or cast aspersions upon” the doctor and will do all in their power to prevent friends or family members from doing so.

2/12/2009 © Florida Health News

By Christine Jordan Sexton
2/11/2009 © Florida Health News

TALLAHASSEE—The biggest health care fight of the upcoming legislative session could be over an obscure state panel that recommends how to dole out nearly $1 billion for treating the poor and uninsured. 

The battle has already sparked a slick lobbying campaign featuring a TV ad that raises conflict-of-interest accusations against the members of the Low Income Pool, or LIP Council. Most of them work for hospitals.

By Carol Gentry
2/9/2009 © Florida Health News
Women have two openings below the belt, which don't look anything alike. What are the odds that a doctor would get them mixed up and do a procedure on the wrong one -- not just once, but twice? What are the odds that such a doctor would keep his medical license?

By Carol Gentry
2/6/2009 © Florida Health News

The Florida Board of Medicine revoked the license of an abortion-clinic doctor on Friday, finding him guilty of medical malpractice in a 2006 case involving a fetus allegedly born alive and stuffed in a biohazard bag.

Gynecologist Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique ducked into the men's room to avoid reporters after the board's unanimous vote. Records indicate he now lives in New York state.

By Christine Jordan Sexton
2/5/2009 © Florida Health News

TALLAHASSEE— Even as critics predicted the pullout of Medicaid Reform's major contractor will be the "nail in the coffin" for the experimental program, AHCA Secretary Holly Benson defended it Thursday, saying her staff would find other plans for all 78,000 beneficiaries affected and raising the possibility that new plans will enter the market.

By Christine Jordan Sexton and Carol Gentry
 2/4/2009 © Florida Health News 
TALLAHASSEE -- WellCare Health Plans, Florida's largest Medicaid HMO contractor, will pull out of the "Reform" project in Broward and Duval counties on May 1, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration, which released a letter concerning the move.

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