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During a conversation about health care recently with WMFE, the chief executives of two major hospitals in Central Florida said making prices more transparent to patients is important, but the task itself is hard to accomplish.

Adventist Health System will pay more than $2 million dollars to settle allegations it used leftover chemotherapy drugs.

Florida Hospital is pledging $1.5 million toward a new downtown Orlando university campus.

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Florida Hospital has opened its third free clinic for patients with lung problems.

The Kissimmee clinic is now an option for uninsured patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD) disease and bronchitis. The other clinics are in East Orlando and Apopka.

Before the babies arrive, Florida Hospital for Women opened its doors for an early peek inside.

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With Florida Hospital for Women getting ready to open next month, we take a look at some of the key numbers to know. 

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A woman died Monday morning at Florida Hospital in Tampa after her stepfather shot her and then killed himself.

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The Chief Executive Officer of Florida Hospital is moving up to a larger role with the parent company. Lars Houmann will be the executive vice president of the Florida Division of Adventist Health System starting December 1.

Darryl Tol is taking over the CEO role for nine Florida Hospital facilities in Orlando. In addition, Chief Financial Officer Eddie Soler and Chief Strategy Officer David Banks will be moving to Adventist Health System.

Adventist Health System will pay $115 million to the U.S. Department of Justice to settle claims it offered doctors perks for patient referrals, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

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Florida Hospital DeLand will continue construction on a $3.5 million lab after human remains were discovered in unmarked graves, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

The burial site is thought to contain bodies from residents of a nearby “poor farm,” a place where indigent elderly and disabled residents lived and worked between the 1890s and 1950s, according to the News-Journal.

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Talks to complete Bert Fish Medical Center’s third attempt to merge with Florida Hospital are about halfway done, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

 

Adventist Health System, which owns the Florida Hospital chain, has offered $40 million for the publicly owned Bert Fish and will invest $35 million into the hospital, according to the News-Journal.

 

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The Central Florida YMCA got a $1.7 million grant  from the UnitedHealth Foundation. It will fund a three-year pilot program called HealthierLifeRX.

Those enrolled will spend 12 months working with a doctor and a personalized health and lifestyle coach to achieve health care goals. State Rep. Jason Brodeur said if the program is successful, he’d like to see it replicated in Medicaid.

Hospitals To Scott: Look Up Financial Data

May 20, 2015

As Gov. Rick Scott's newly created health care commission prepares to meet today to begin sifting through data about hospital funding, the governor's request for information has been met with hospitals essentially telling him to go look it up.
 

Many of the dozens of surveys returned by hospitals have five or fewer of the roughly 100 lines filled out with new information. Officials frequently referred Scott back to information filed with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees much of the state's spending on health care.

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Florida Blue and one of the state’s largest hospital systems have approved a new contract, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Thousands of patients at Florida Hospital avoided the risk of paying out-of-network costs for service, the Sentinel reports.

The hospital chain had faced a May 31 deadline on its contract with the Jacksonville-based insurance company. 

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 The Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services claims that Florida Hospital owes the federal government $11.5 million in Medicare overpayments made between January of 2011 and June of 2012, according to the Orlando Sentinel

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Two employees of the Florida Hospital chain accused of copying 9,000 patient records outside of their normal job duties have been fired, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Law enforcement officials notified the hospital in May 2014, after discovering the records during a separate investigation, but patients were not notified until last week, according to the Sentinel.

 Florida Hospital’s parent company settled allegations Thursday that it over-billed the federal government. The alleged fraud took place from 2010 to 2013.

Adventist Health System agreed to pay $5.4 million to settle the allegations.

Adventist was accused of billing cancer treatments that weren’t directly supervised by an oncologist.

The overbilling happened at nine hospitals, mostly in Central Florida.

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Florida tops the nation with the number of residents getting subsidies to buy health insurance through the federal health insurance exchange. One reason: state legislators decided against expanding Medicaid, the state’s health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

Florida Hospital CEO Lars Houmann was in Tallahassee as the legislative session kicked off, urging lawmakers to take billions of dollars and give health care to nearly a million more Floridians.

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The state’s largest insurer and a major hospital system have failed to find agreement in a contract set to expire June 1, the Orlando Sentinel reports (paywall alert).

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The family of a schizophrenic and developmentally disabled woman filed suit against Florida Hospital for allegedly trying to cover up a sexual assault the woman suffered while in its Orlando psychiatric ward, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

The woman was assaulted by another psychiatric patient, Antoine Maurice Davis, who is currently serving six-years in prison for the sexual battery, according to the Sentinel

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Tampa General Hospital and Florida Hospital are partnering to build a $60-million “healthplex,” start a home care agency and offer hospice care, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

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More than a dozen groups are vying to win new hospice program contracts in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties, where state officials say they are lacking in end-of-life services, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

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Some Central Florida hospitals are ramping up plans to get patients signed up for insurance - when they come to the emergency room.

Both Florida Hospital in Orlando and Orlando Health are expanding a program that puts federal health care marketplace navigators in the hospital during the open enrollment season under way.

Trained counselors are already in place at five Orlando Health locations, said Tom Yoesle, the chief operating officer of revenue management for Orlando Health.

Bert Fish Medical Center

Bert Fish Medical Center will negotiate exclusively with Florida Hospital on a merger, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.  A regional CEO with Florida Hospital characterized the approval from the Southeast Volusia Hospital District Board of Commissioners as the “engagement” before the marriage of the 112-bed public hospital to the larger hospital system. It’s the second time the two have tried a merger, the News-Journal reports.  

More than 3,000 new physicians are joining the Health First Health Plans network under an expanded agreement with Florida Hospital, Florida Today reports.

Adding the major Central Florida hospital chain means seniors with Health First Medicare Advantage plans will have access to physicians and procedures such as kidney and lung transplants.

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Florida's largest hospital is also its best, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking announced today.

Florida Hospital in Orlando earned the state's top spot by ranking nationally in 10 of 16 specialties evaluated in the annual report.   With 1,972 beds, the hospital is the largest in Florida and second-largest in the nation, according to Beck's Hospital Review.

In 2009, Diane Bostick fought breast cancer, but it was the kind that typically returns, and it did: in her brain. The two small tumors were in areas too risky for surgery. So, rather than say there was nothing more they could do for her, doctors at Florida Hospital in Orlando used a new technology, laser interstitial thermal therapy.

Orlando Health announced Wednesday that it is no longer seeking a partner for merger or acquisition because its own finances are healthy and there is no longer a need, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  While the not-for-profit health-care system had received several proposals, its board decided Monday to remain independent, a decision that goes against the nationwide trend of hospital mergers.  The board also decided to begin a national search for a new

Some patients are being surprised by recommendations from their doctors to seek alternative treatments such as meditation, massage and yoga, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

While mainstream practitioners have balked for years at alternative medicine, the trend appears to be slowly changing as more practitioners incorporate alternatives for their patients.

The independently owned Bert Fish Medical Center is back on the market after a second try at acquisition fell through, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

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