hospitals

At the height of a budget showdown earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott boasted that his friendship with President Donald Trump's administration would result in Florida getting $1.5 billion to help the state's hospitals.

AHCA Eyes Hospitals For Budget Cuts

Oct 10, 2017

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

Florida Hospital has purchased about 100 acres along Interstate 4 in Lakeland where it plans to build a freestanding emergency room and eventually a 200-bed hospital.

Hospitals Challenge ‘Transparency’ Rules

Sep 29, 2017

State hospitals are battling back against a pair of proposed “transparency” rules requiring hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to provide information to patients and prospective patients about potential costs of treatment.

Hospices Grapple With Stolen Meds

Aug 22, 2017

Nothing seemed to help the patient — and hospice staff didn’t know why.

Tampa Bay Trauma Fight Continues To Brew

Jun 14, 2017

Amid a series of legal battles across the state about new trauma centers, an administrative law judge has ruled that Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa can intervene in a case to try to prevent a rival hospital from opening a trauma center.

Florida lawmakers ended a special session Friday without taking up a Senate bill that would have pumped more Medicaid money into the state's hospitals.

Hospitals Appeal Ruling On Outpatient Payments

May 23, 2017

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.

Florida hospitals are intently watching the negotiations between the state and federal government over health care funding. The state has been talking to the federal government about renewing a wavier for health care services for low-income Floridians.

The Florida House and Senate are planning big cuts to Florida hospitals and those groups say it will hurt medical care access for the poor and disabled.

  When a health care provider wants to build a new hospital, hospice or nursing home in Florida, or even revamp and old one, they first have to apply for a “Certificate of Need" from state regulators.  It's a lengthy and expensive process that can end in rejection: last year, regulators denied 20 of the 47 applications.
 

A new analysis of Florida’s health care markets finds that as the state’s hospitals consolidate and expand, new business models are shifting the negotiating power.

Scott Forms Commission to Investigate Hospitals

May 5, 2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order today creating a commission to investigate hospitals.

There’s no immediate word on when it will meet or who will lead it, but it will likely coincide with a legislative special session to deal with Florida’s budget.

Bill Helping Pasco, Manatee Trauma Centers

Mar 25, 2014

A House panel Monday overwhelmingly approved a proposal (HB 7113) that would ensure the continued operation of three hospital trauma centers that are threatened by long-running legal challenges.

The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee voted 11-2 to approve the bill, sponsored by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, which is designed to keep open Blake Medical Center in Manatee County, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County and Ocala Regional Medical Center in Marion County.

Capitol: Workman's Comp, Trauma Centers

Mar 20, 2014

In an issue that is dividing major business groups and the hospital industry, a House panel Wednesday approved a proposal (HB 1351) that would change the way hospitals are paid for treating workers-compensation insurance patients.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Charlie Stone, R-Ocala, could save about $200 million for the workers-compensation system, which supporters say could lead to lower insurance costs for employers.

Shrinking public health budgets in Florida and other states are making it harder to protect and control potential infectious outbreaks, according to a new report.

Florida scored five of 10 possible points on the Trust for America’s Health report released this morning. Georgia, Nebraska and New Jersey received the lowest score: two out of 10. New Hampshire was the top scoring state, earning points for eight of the 10 criteria.

Fast-growing Health Management Associates has received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Naples-based hospital company told  investors on Thursday. 

HMA was already under investigation by the Justice Department, a probe announced last summer that allegedly involved emergency room admissions. Now the SEC wants information on the chain's accounting practices. The agency asked for documents related to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, the company said in a news release.