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Safety-Net Hospitals Decry Pay Change

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

"Safety-net hospitals,” those that care for a large number of poor patients, would lose big under the Florida Senate’s plan to change the Medicaid payment formula, the Tampa Bay Times reports. According to estimates from the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg would lose $18 million; the only hospital that would lose more money is Jackson Memorial in Miami.

According to the Safety Net Alliance, changing to the diagnosis-related group model of payment would mean for-profit hospitals would gain about $95.8 million next year, while safety-net hospitals would lose about $112.7 million, the Times reports.

Lee Memorial Health System says it would lose about $7.5 million, the Naples Daily News reports. Tampa General would lose about $7.4 million, the Tampa Tribune reports.

In other hospital news, UF&Shands has been chosen to partner with Health Management Associates to run Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, the Gainesville Sun reports. 

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