It has become a mere annoyance, a cost of doing business, for health-care companies to pay fines for health-care fraud. But the outcome of the Justice Department's prosecution of four former executives of WellCare Health Plans for their role in a Florida Medicaid ripoff may make others think twice, theTampaBay Times says.
Thanks to the Rand Corporation, there is now an unquestionably unbiased report that shows the devastating results of states' refusal to expand Medicaid, Florida health-policy consultant Paul Gionfriddo writes at his blog Our Health Policy Matters.
The Rand authors studied 14 states that refused to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid to those under 100 percent of the poverty level because those states are dominated by Republicans who don't like the Affordable Care Act.
Florida House Republicans blew it when they refused to accept $51 billion in federal funds to provide health coverage to more than 1 million of the lowest-income Floridians, and they're hearing about it from the business community now that they're back home, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial board says.
Joe Paduda writes in his blog Managed Care Matters that too many companies in the managed-care industry have made the mistake of outsourcing call centers to the lowest bidder -- even to other countries -- to save money.
They end up losing customers, he said, which means they lose money. They have forgotten that talking to their customers is their most important business, he says.
Health-care consultant Paul Gionfriddo of Lake Worth says the latest estimates on the Medicare Trust Fund makes clear that the funding "crisis" Republicans and anti-government activists have relentlessly cited in recent years is a fictitious hobgoblin, invented to serve political purposes.
As a longtime advocate for the protection of children, especially those who suffer from severe, life-threatening allergies, my organization -- the American Lung Association -- is very pleased the Florida legislature passed, and Gov. Rick Scott has signed, a bill that can provide life-saving measures for these kids.
This law allows Florida schools to keep an emergency supply of epinephrine auto-injectors to be used in case of anaphylaxis. Even if the child does not have a prescription, trained school officials will be able to administer the emergency medication.
St. Petersburg cardiologist David Mokotoff offers a lighthearted rant, published on the physicians' blog KevinMD.com, against the many ways that corporate hospital systems misuse physicians' time, making them unproductive and driving them crazy.
His cardiology group deals with four different hospital systems, all of which have different electronic health record systems -- some decent, some not.