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Safety net hospitals decry Medicaid spending cuts planned for Florida

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Representatives of hospitals that invest heavily in physician training and care for the indigent held a news conference Monday to protest plans in the Legislature to slash Medicaid re-imbursement rates. The cuts would undermine the state’s investments in training doctors, alliance members argued outside the Senate Office Building in Tallahassee. Under the Graduate Medical Education Startup Bonus Program launched by Gov. Rick Scott two years ago, teaching hospitals draw $100,000 bonuses for every residency they add in key specialties. New…

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Safety net hospital executives travel to Washington in search of money

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Representatives of hospitals that provide a lot of charity care in Florida were headed to Washington Monday to urge federal health care officials and members of Congress to give them more money and freedom to spend it. Tony Carvalho, president of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, said members hope the Trump administration will prove friendlier than former President Obama, who trimmed Washington’s Low Income Pool financing for charity care from $2.2 billion to $608 million during the past three years. That harmed “hospitals’ ability…

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Kathy Castor teams up with a Republican to address looming doctor shortage

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Florida will be short nearly 7,000 doctors by 2025 if more residency programs are not created throughout the state to keep up with demand, according to a study commissioned by the Florida Safety Net Hospital Alliance and the Teaching Hospital Council last month. Physicians trained in psychiatry, general surgery, rheumatology, cancer treatment and thoracic surgery will likely be in the shortest supply, the study found. In response to the growing doctor shortage in Florida and the rest of the country,…

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