For years, Miami Dade College sent its ultrasound students to Jackson Memorial Hospital for their hands-on training. Then in 2010, without explanation, Jackson told the publicly supported college that its students would no longer be accepted for training.
Behind-the-scenes negotiations between insurers are powering Florida Medicaid’s transition to statewide managed care plans, the Naples Daily News reports (paywall alert).
The Agency for Health Care Administration last year awarded contracts to 17 companies in 11 regions across Florida. That prompted 64 different legal challenges from insurers that stood to lose out on a share of an estimated $80-billion pie.
If it has seemed a mystery why so many hospitals want to have trauma centers, the answer has now been supplied in an eye-opening series by the Tampa Bay Times (paywall alert): A state-issued certificate of need to build a trauma center brings with it the right to charge a "trauma response fee," a hidden road to riches. That arbitrary fee is in addition to the already whopping bill.
Gov. Rick Scott has taken many opportunities, from TV commercials to Cabinet meetings, to claim that "Obamacare" cuts to Medicare will devastate seniors. He even used Thursday's Cabinet meeting to reiterate the claims, as Scripps/Tribune Capital Bureau reports.
A report published this month by the non-profit Florida TaxWatch predicts significant cost savings if Florida removes the barriers to telemedicine.
The policy group's report said Florida could save more than $1 billion a year by expanding the use of telemedicine by revising current law. It criticizes policies that discourage use of telemedicine, specifically the limitations on private reimbursement requirements and Medicaid payments.
Imagine being a doctor with a patient at risk of dying, but the one treatment available to help that patient makes him critically ill. Now imagine that patient is a 6-year old boy.
That scenario played out at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children at Orlando Health, and an incredibly dogged doctor found a way to found a way to save the child and challenge some established ideas in orthopedics.
“He basically saved my life,” says 14-year-old Daniel Stephens. He’s talking about the man he calls his hero: Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Jonathan Phillips.
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act continue to push Floridians to sign up for health insurance, and they’re using everything from college computer labs to community carnivals as their enrollment hotspots.
Through January, nearly 300,000 Floridians had signed up so far on the health insurance marketplace, and updated numbers could come next week. Navigators are pushing hard to get last-minute enrollees in before the March 31 deadline. So plan to see a lot of events the next three weeks, something like Thursday’s “Nav-Lab Enrollment Blowout” at the University of South Florida.
A lot of money - $200 million a month or $7 million a day – could be used to buy health coverage for Florida's poor. But it all could go to some other state, said advocates who held a Capitol press conference Wednesday with the message: “Take the Money!”
About a third of all Latinos in Florida are uninsured and would be able to buy health care through the federally-run insurance exchange. It’s a group that tends to be a little younger and a little less sick.
Health care analysts predict that getting those low-risk customers covered will be key to making sure the insurance plans stay solvent.
But getting them to sign up has been a challenge, which is why some non-government groups are stepping in to market Obamacare to Florida’s Latinos.
Food deserts, areas where fresh and healthy foods can be hard to come by, are all over Florida. There are efforts under way in the Florida Legislature to provide tax incentives for grocers to open up in these areas.
"There's no single definition for a food desert, but generally, by the term, they mean that it's usually a low-income area, and an area where there are a lot of people that may have problems accessing healthy food," said Michelle Ver Ploeg, an economist with the United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.
One issue Democrats noticed was left out in Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State address on Tuesday: Medicaid expansion.
As the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports, Democratic responses from Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, and House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, chastised Scott for not supporting the acceptance of federal money to expand Medicaid to low-income Floridians.
No one questions that assisted living facilities need to be regulated - or if they do question it, they’re being quiet about it. But there’s disagreement on how the regulation should be carried out, especially how much the fines should be.
The Miami-Dade County Commission will allow Jackson Health System to charge parking fees to some disabled drivers, according to the Miami Herald.
Disabled drivers who use specialized vehicles would still park for free, under Florida law, but motorists with standard disabled-parking permits will pay $2 an hour if they are at the facility more than two hours, the Herald reports.
The Affordable Care Act is generally a win for people living with HIV and AIDS, about 30 percent of whom are uninsured. It offers new health insurance options — both private and public — to a group that had been largely locked out of the individual insurance market because of rules about preexisting conditions.
After several delays, the troubled Florida Health Choices program on Tuesday launched a website selling niche health products, ones which are separate from the Affordable Care Act marketplace.
The launch was delayed last month after higher-than-anticipated interest in the website prompted technology experts to retool it. But CEO Rose Naff announced it is open for business with a single vendor and offers five different plans, including a prescription discount card and bundled discount products that includes vision, dental, telemedicine and prescriptions.
Three parents have been charged with abuse or neglect of their children, two of whom died. In the other case, a mother admitted she left five children age 7 and younger at home when she went out and drugged them so they would sleep. Here are details:
Podiatrist Adam Frasch, who practices in Thomasville, Ga., but lives in north Florida, is free to return to work and has not been charged in the death of his wife Samirah.
Frasch was released from the Leon County Jail with a GPS monitoring device on his ankle after a hearing late last week before a judge, WCTV reports. He faces charges of interfering with custody after taking the children to his home in Panama City the same day his estranged wife was found dead.
Florida’s 2014 Legislative session will start with the typical benign tone that comes during an election year. But it’s unclear if the Republican-led legislature can keep things status quo, the Hearld/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports.