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Florida hospitals created 900K jobs, new economic impact study finds

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Florida hospitals were responsible for creating more than 900,000 jobs in 2015, according to a new economic impact study. The study, completed by the University of Florida and sponsored by the Florida Hospital Association, found Florida hospitals were responsible for creating 901,674 full- and part-time jobs in 2015. The report also found hospitals generated nearly $128.4 billion in total economic contributions during the same period. “Hospitals are the largest employers in many communities across Florida,” said FHA President Bruce Rueben…

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Amid heated debate, FHA unveils new health care info site

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It’s no secret Gov. Rick Scott, former health care CEO, has a newfound zeal for protecting Floridians from mayhem wrought by allegedly out-of-control hospitals and providers. Scott insists on more regulations, disclosure, and even criminal penalties for providers who charge “unconscionable” rates. He has even gone so as far to say a bill towards that end currently circulating doesn’t go far enough. In a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning, Florida Hospital Association President Bruce Rueben begged to differ. FHA unveiled a new…

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House, Senate call special session and it’s wide open on health care, budget

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Nine days after announcing the dates the Florida Legislature issued the proclamation for the special session. The call is wide open, including Medicaid expansion, elimination of certificate of need law, direct primary care, state group health insurance changes and the budget and conforming bills and tax relief. As previously announced the session will run from June 1-20. “At this time, budget allocations have not been agreed to by the President and the Speaker, but will be reached before the beginning…

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Rick Scott’s commission is focusing on the costs

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Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order identifying nine areas he wants a blue-ribbon healthcare commission to examine regarding healthcare costs in Florida, including  how much money “taxpayer-funded” hospitals spend on lobbyists, campaign contributions, and advertising. This is the second healthcare commission the governor has created since 2011 and, like its predecessor, it has a focus on the care delivered at “taxpayer supported” hospitals. In the May 5 executive order, Scott spells out the profitability percentages in 2012 and 2006 for…

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