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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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Florida voters would like to see increase in Medicaid funding, new poll shows

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A new survey from the Florida Hospital Association shows strong support among Florida voters to keep — or in many increase — state funding for Medicaid programs. The survey, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies from March 1 through March 5, found Floridians have the most favorable opinion of Medicaid that the association has recorded in six years. The poll of 600 registered voters found 56 percent said they had a favorable opinion of Medicaid, up from 47 percent in a November 2011…

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Joe Henderson: Psst … Tallahassee, you might want to actually listen to the people on this one

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While the business of governing requires tough choices and choosing between priorities that can be conflicting, sometimes it’s best to do what the people want. After all, it’s their money that is being spent. So, listen up, Tallahassee. On the subject of state Medicaid funding, the people — your bosses — appear to have spoken loudly, clearly and with a you-better-not-mess-with-this message. They want it funded, and they’re not kidding. According to a Public Opinion Strategies poll conducted for the…

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Heartwarming video shows Medicaid giving hope to Florida’s most vulnerable children

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Health care through Medicaid, particularly for Florida’s most vulnerable citizens — children, the elderly and low-income families — is not an abstract. It is a real need, for real people, and without it, can lead to real suffering. A new video shows how the state’s Medicaid program is keeping one Plant City boy alive. It is not just money for lawmakers to spend arbitrarily; it is care for actual people, often those who need it most. The video is from the…

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Tampa General’s Jim Burkhart takes over as FHA chair

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Jim Burkhart, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital, has been elected chairman of the Florida Hospital Association‘s board of trustees. The selection took place Thursday at the association’s annual meeting in Orlando. Burkhart succeeds Mark Faulkner, president and CEO of Baptist Health Care Pensacola. “It is a privilege to chair the association on behalf of more than 200 Florida hospitals and health systems,” Burkhart said in a statement. “In the year ahead, we will continue to focus on clinical performance improvement and policies intended to foster…

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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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Florida hospitals say they spent $1.5B in charity care

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Florida hospitals paid for $1.5 billion in health costs for uninsured and underinsured patients last year. The Florida Hospital Association released its annual report Wednesday, noting it provided inpatient care for 2.7 million people and treated 9.5 million patients in emergency rooms in 2014. Hospitals contributed a total of $4.2 billion in community benefits, including charity care. Hospitals also spent about $22.4 million to ensure they are prepared to for emergencies, including hurricanes or outbreaks such as Ebola. Florida hospitals…

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