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Carlos Beruff says he knew “zero” about healthcare before leading hath care commission

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U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff touts his time as Chair of Gov. Rick Scott‘s kabuki theater-style Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding as relevant experience to dealing with the Affordable Care Act and other difficult healthcare issues in Congress. But that wasn’t always the case. In fact, just earlier this year Beruff said he knows “zero” about health care, even after his tenure on the panel. The millionaire homebuilder who gave some $121,000 to Scott’s re-election campaign and state Republicans was tapped the lead the committee…

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Rick Scott touts hospital transparency law in Let’s Get to Work ad

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Gov. Rick Scott is making a pitch for hospital transparency legislation in a new digital advertisement. The 15-second ad is paid for by Let’s Get to Work, the political committee supporting Scott. In the spot, Scott says he’s asking every Florida hospital to be upfront about costs. “Let’s reform our hospitals and make costs transparent,” the Naples Republican says in the advertisement. Scott, a former health-care executive, has been pushing lawmakers to support legislation to make hospital pricing more transparent…

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Don Gaetz outlines Senate health care proposals during Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding meeting

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Sen. Don Gaetz used his appearance before the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding to outline several health care proposals before the state Legislature during the 2016 session. The Niceville Republican also used his appearance to remind members of Gov. Rick Scott’s commission that all recommendations are subject to an objective, nonpolitical analysis. “When it comes to estimating whether ho much a proposed policy will affect cost, everyone is entitled to his opinion, but not everyone is entitled to his own set of facts,” said Gaetz.…

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Rob Bradley, Chris Sprowls publicly float health care transparency bill

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A pair of Republican lawmakers told reporters Monday they intend to ensure the days of unaccountable hospitals and insurers gouging Florida patients with staggering, unforeseen medical bills “are over.” Rep. Chris Sprowls Palm Harbor and Sen. Rob Bradley of Orange Park likened the consumer predictability they seek for consumers to that of patrons at a gas station or grocery store, with prices plainly stated right up front. “There’s really not too many places in our country anymore where someone can come in and play…

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Upcoming special session almost as much about health care as budget

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The 2015 Special Session is being referred to as a budget session but it could just as easily be described as the special session on health care. Thirty-two bills have been filed for consideration in the 2015A session and 40 percent of them impact health care, either through substantive policy changes, financing, or both, including a bill that would eliminate CON for general hospitals, long-term- care hospitals and “tertiary services” such as pediatric open heart surgery, organ transplantation and neonatal…

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Rick Scott healthcare commission launches a ‘transparency’ tour aimed at hospitals that won’t fork over financial data

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A blue-ribbon panel created to examine taxpayer-funded healthcare costs will hit the road meeting in Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami in the next two months, inviting the lowest and highest performing facilities in the region to address the panel. The Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding meets in Tallahassee on June 4 but will kick off its “Spotlight Transparency Tour” in Tampa on June 17. It will meet in Jacksonville sometime the week of June 29 and will meet in Miami…

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Rick Scott’s healthcare commission narrows its focus to Medicaid, hospitals only

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What started out as a review of “taxpayer-funded” healthcare commission has been, so far, limited to Medicaid only. And apparently, hospitals only, even though the executive order creating the blue ribbon panel mentions insurance companies, managed-care plans and healthcare providers. The Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding held its second meeting in Orlando on Tuesday and continued to focus only on hospitals and has not discussed the role that insurance companies or managed-care plans–some of which also received Medicaid dollars–play…

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