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Bayfront patient sexually assaults another, may have attacked Tampa man two months earlier

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A woman recovering at St. Pete’s Bayfront Hospital was attacked by a fellow patient with behavioral problems who may have committed another attack in Tampa two months earlier. Judith Conrad was recovering from surgery at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg August 7, 2016, when she says fellow patient David Weber “violently and sexually attacked, assaulted and battered” her. Police arrested David Andrew Weber, 53, a St. Petersburg transient who is listed as residing at the Florida State Hospital at Chattahoochee, a…

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Bayfront hospital accused of incorrectly billing mother of triplets

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In May 2015, Susan Ohle of St. Petersburg gave birth to triplets at the cities Bayfront hospital. The three new babies were immediately transferred to the neonatal intensive care wing at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. The babies were never admitted to Bayfront and certainly didn’t enjoy any time in the hospital. Later, when Ohle received her bill for the children’s delivery she noticed a strange $3,025 “Nursery Level II” charge from Bayfront for each child, a total of $9,075. Her babies had never spent…

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Bayfront Hospital now suing patients for unpaid bills

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Patients who owe money to Bayfront Medical Center may get a nasty surprise. Beginning this year the hospital began suing patients for unpaid medical bills. The downtown St. Petersburg hospital was independently owned until 2013 when it was acquired by the Naples-based Health Management Associates and joined a group of six hospitals rebranded “Bayfront” located both north and south of the St. Pete location along the I-75 corridor. It was then acquired by a Tennessee company called Community Health Systems…

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NW Florida hospital with high Medicare mark-ups could get $1 million from Legislature

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Fort Walton Beach Medical Center — included in the list of hospitals with some of the highest Medicare charges in the nation — could get a $1 million gift from the Florida Legislature. House and budget healthcare conferees on Tuesday made their best and last offer to settle differences between the House and Senate healthcare spending plans. Isssues that could not be resolved between conference chair state Sen. Rene Garcia and vice chair state Rep. Matt Hudson have been “bumped” to be resolved by the House…

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Some hospitals lose, some win under possible LIP revamp

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Behind the scenes of a looming budget stalemate it turns out Florida and officials of the federal government are negotiating a revamped funding formula for hospitals that could cause a dramatic change of fortune for them. Florida has already been told it won’t receive the more than $1 billion in federal aid it has been getting as part of the Low Income Pool (LIP) program. The program is a pot of supplemental Medicaid dollars, mostly money collected from local taxpayers…

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