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Hospitals Appeal Ruling On Outpatient Payments

Dozens of hospitals across the state have appealed an administrative law judge's decision in a dispute about reimbursement rates for outpatient care of Medicaid beneficiaries.

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2/26/2009 © Florida Health News 
The Dartmouth Atlas project compared medical spending per person in cities across the nation and found Miami was off the charts -- about twice as much as average. That's not a total shock since federal prosecutors have said health fraud rates there are the highest in the nation.

By Christine Jordan Sexton
2/25/2009 © Florida Health News

Gov. Charlie Crist is reportedly preparing to recommend a merger of the two largest state health agencies into one, a proposal that would affect thousands of state employees. He also wants to keep the state’s Medicaid “Reform” program unchanged and increase the fees doctors and HMOs get for treating the poor.

By Carol Gentry
2/24/2009 Florida Health News 

Pres. Barack Obama told the nation Tuesday night that the nation must get control of health spending immediately. It "has weighed down our economy and the conscience of our nation long enough. So let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year." 

WellCare members not stuck

Feb 24, 2009

By Carol Gentry
2/24/2009 © Florida Health News

WellCare drug-plan members left reeling from last week's federal crackdown on the Tampa company are not stuck in WellCare for the rest of 2009, after all. They have options.

Medicare officials did not make that clear until Monday afternoon, after Florida Health News questioned remarks an official made last week.

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?

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