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Senate Cool To Tax Changes For Hospitals, Charter Schools

May 2, 2019

The Florida Senate could eliminate controversial proposals about charter schools and hospitals from a tax package that was approved last week by the House. 

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39 Florida hospitals will get less money from Medicare this year because their patients had high rates of infections or other complications.

If the Jacksonville City Council gives the OK to Mayor Lenny Curry’s annual budget proposal, UF Health Jacksonville, which serves as a safety net for many uninsured and underinsured patients, could receive as much as $15 million in the coming fiscal year. Curry is also proposing for $120 million in local dollars to go fixing the hospital’s city-owned facilities over the next six years as a part of his capital improvement plan.

A proposal to redistribute hundreds of millions of dollars away from safety-net hospitals and toward increasing base Medicaid payments at all hospitals drew opposition Wednesday in the Florida Senate.

There’s a fight brewing in the Capitol over how the state should pay hospitals for providing care to the poor, elderly and disabled.

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

Senate Seeks To Bolster Hospital Funding

Jun 8, 2017

On the opening day of a special legislative session, Florida senators Wednesday began moving forward with a proposal to send more money to hospitals for treating Medicaid patients.

The state budget includes deep cuts to hospitals that serve the poor and lawmakers are betting on federal money to help offset the losses.

Hospital Funding Decision A Key In Senate Budget

Mar 30, 2017

A Senate panel Wednesday signed off on an initial health and human-services budget proposal that counts on the federal government approving $607 million for a program that sends money to hospitals.

In Tallahassee, Bills Are Dying

Feb 22, 2016

Members, bills are dying.

Those four words --- or something like them --- have long been used by legislative committee chairmen and presiding officers to try to get lawmakers to focus on the task at hand or to move quickly through contentious agendas. The line also happens to fit what starts happening as the session enters its second half.

Health care has been a hot-button policy issue for years in the Florida Legislature, and it’s starting to look like the session scheduled to start on Jan. 12 will be no different.

A health care panel formed by Gov. Rick Scott will meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Tallahassee and focus, in part, on ambulatory surgical centers --- an issue that has spurred debate in the Legislature.

The House during a June special session approved a bill that would have allowed patients to stay at ambulatory-surgical centers for up to 24 hours, eliminating a regulation that currently prevents overnight stays.

Also, the bill would have allowed the creation of "recovery care centers," where patients could stay for up to 72 hours after surgery.

Gov. Rick Scott's hospital commission held its first meeting Wednesday, overwhelmed by mounds of data but intent on determining whether hospitals that receive tax money are being managed efficiently.

"What are we paying for and what's the result of what we're paying for? Do patients have access, is it quality care and is it affordable?" said Dr. Jason Rosenburg.

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.

Hospitals Push Back On Revenue Sharing

May 19, 2015

Florida hospitals fired back Monday against Gov. Rick Scott in the latest salvo over the governor's suggestion that the health-care facilities mimic professional baseball teams in sharing revenues.

Gov. Rick Scott, who last week asked the state's hospitals to provide a large amount of financial data by Monday, will not get all that he asked for that quickly. He may not get some of it at all.

Hospital executives and lawyers say they want to cooperate with Scott and his newly appointed Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding, which seeks data on services, profits, costs and patient outcomes.