Agency for Health Care Administration

House Leaders Seek KidCare Waivers

Oct 22, 2017
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The list of those asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to waive insurance premium requirements for low-income families in 48 counties impacted by Hurricane Irma is growing.

State Trims Medicaid HMO Payments

Oct 12, 2017

Florida has reduced by 3.7 percent the rates it pays HMOs and provider-sponsored networks in the biggest part of the Medicaid managed-care system but has given a 2.4 percent hike to plans that offer managed long-term care.

AHCA Eyes Hospitals For Budget Cuts

Oct 10, 2017
Agency For Health Care Administration

Gov. Rick Scott's administration continues to target hospitals for potential Medicaid spending reductions in the coming year.

Nursing Homes Seek Answers On Generator Costs

Sep 27, 2017
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With time running out to comply with what could be a $240 million generator mandate handed down by Gov Rick Scott, nursing-home administrators and long-term care lobbyists left a Tuesday meeting without an indication of what, if anything the state will do to help offset the costs.

State Suspends License Of Broward Nursing Home

Sep 21, 2017
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Escalating a legal and regulatory fight, Gov. Rick Scott's administration Wednesday issued an emergency suspension of the license of a Broward County nursing home after the deaths of nine residents following Hurricane Irma.

Disabled Kids Medical Case Goes To Appeals Court

Aug 10, 2017

A legal battle will continue about whether Florida's Medicaid program has provided proper services to children with severe medical conditions.

Appeals Court Sides With ACHA In Public Records Dispute

Jul 7, 2017
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An appeals court Thursday backed the state Agency for Health Care Administration in a long-running dispute with a law firm about public records requests.

Bone Marrow Transplant Program Rejected

Jun 14, 2017

Upholding recommendations from an administrative law judge, the state Agency for Health Care Administration on Tuesday rejected a proposal by Baptist Hospital of Miami to establish an inpatient bone-marrow transplant program.

Hospitals Appeal Ruling On Outpatient Payments

May 23, 2017
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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.

Some nursing home representatives are cheering the delay of a state legislative proposal that would have changed how Medicaid funds flow to assisted living facilities in Florida.

Right now, facilities bill the state for care and are reimbursed. The plan would allott the homes a flat rate.

WMFE

Governor Rick Scott isn't waiting for the federal government to decide the future of the Affordable Care Act. His administration is proposing sweeping changes to the state's Medicaid program.  

Updated 4 p.m. 7/27

A committee tasked with investigating the best way to implement telemedicine in Florida is starting to take shape.

A 15-member panel mandated by a law passed last January should be in place next year.


State Challenged Over Rejection Of Sarasota County Hospital

Jul 12, 2016
Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota Memorial Hospital is challenging a decision by the state Agency for Health Care Administration to turn down plans for a new hospital in southern Sarasota County.

State Asks Judge To Let Abortion Law Take Effect

Jun 21, 2016

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office on Monday asked a federal judge to reject Planned Parenthood's attempt to block parts of a controversial new abortion law, saying the organization offers "nothing to establish that the challenged legislation would negatively affect women seeking abortions."

Judge Says South Broward Should Get Transplant Programs

May 5, 2016

In a dispute between two public-hospital districts, an administrative law judge Wednesday said the South Broward Hospital District should get approval to open kidney-transplant programs for children and adults.

Arguments Set In Dispute Over Immigrant ER Care

Apr 27, 2016

An appeals court will hear arguments June 7 in a long-running dispute between the state Agency for Health Care Administration and more than two-dozen hospitals about Medicaid payments for providing emergency care to undocumented immigrants.

The 1st District Court of Appeal scheduled the arguments Monday in the hospitals' challenge to a ruling last year by an administrative law judge, according to an online docket. The case has involved major hospital systems across the southern part of the state and the Tampa Bay area, such as Lee Memorial Health System, the North Broward Hospital District and hospitals that are part of the Tenet Healthcare system.

Feds Say New Abortion Law Can’t Block Clinic Funding

Apr 20, 2016

A key federal health agency on Tuesday notified Florida and other states that they may not ban Medicaid funding for family-planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions.

Abortion Clinic To Pay $3K In State Settlement

Apr 19, 2016

Though continuing to dispute the allegations, a Broward County abortion clinic has agreed to pay $3,000 as part of a settlement with the state in a case about whether the clinic performed second-trimester abortions without a proper license, according to documents filed this week in the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.

Settlement Reached In Battle Over Children’s Health Care

Apr 6, 2016
AP

After a court fight that lasted more than a decade, the state and groups representing pediatricians and dentists have settled a class-action lawsuit about care provided to children in Florida's Medicaid program.

The settlement, released Tuesday, came about 15 months after a federal judge found that Florida's history of low reimbursement payments to doctors led to a lack of access to care for many poor children. But the agreement also came after the state argued that an overhaul of the Medicaid system had effectively made the case moot.

Judge Signs Off On New Hospital At Nova Southeastern

Apr 5, 2016

In a Broward County hospital-industry battle, an administrative law judge approved a plan to replace Plantation General Hospital with a new facility on the campus of Nova Southeastern University.

UM Hospital Challenges State Approval of Program

Mar 30, 2016

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics is challenging a decision by the state Agency for Health Care Administration to approve a new adult bone-marrow transplant program at Baptist Hospital of Miami.

Children's Hospital Pushes To Provide Heart Transplants

Mar 29, 2016

After getting turned down by the state Agency for Health Care Administration, Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami-Dade County is taking its proposal for a pediatric heart-transplant program to an administrative law judge.

State Drops Cases Against Planned Parenthood Clinics

Mar 29, 2016

Citing a new abortion law signed by Gov. Rick Scott, the state Agency for Health Care Administration has dismissed cases alleging that three Planned Parenthood clinics performed second-trimester abortions without proper licenses.

Health Care Transparency Bill Passes Florida Senate

Mar 14, 2016
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The Florida Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would give residents more transparency on the costs of health care.

Judge Sides With AHCA In Nursing Home Approval

Feb 23, 2016

An administrative law judge Monday sided with the state Agency for Health Care Administration in a certificate of need dispute about building a 120-bed nursing home in Polk County.

AHCA, DCF Leaders Get Senate Panel’s Blessing

Feb 17, 2016
Agency for Health Care Administration

A Senate committee signed off Tuesday on the confirmation of seven agency heads, including leaders of some of the state's highest-profile departments.

The hospital where a black woman died after she was forcibly removed from the emergency room by a white police officer was cited for 10 "deficiencies," including failing to properly examine the woman when she complained of difficulty breathing, state health officials said.

Medicaid Dental Coverage Debated In Senate

Jan 12, 2016

Wading into a long-running debate, a Senate committee Monday approved a bill that could lead to changes in how dental services are provided in the Medicaid program.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says she was wrong to urge the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to pay for high-priced and unnecessary drug screening tests from a company being investigated for defrauding Florida Medicaid of millions.

State Launches Probe Of Hospital's Removal Of Patient Who Died

Jan 4, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott's Agency for Health Care Administration said Dec. 28, 2015  it has started an investigation into a Northwest Florida hospital after the high-profile death of a woman who had been forcibly removed from the facility.

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