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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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20 for-profit Florida hospitals on list of 50 Top Medicare billers

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Forty percent of the highest Medicare charging hospitals in the nation are in Florida and all are for-profit facilities, a report published in the Monday journal of Health Affairs shows. The analysis found that 49 of the 50 top Medicare charges are for profit facilities and half are owned by the for-profit hospital chain Community Health Systems. 28 percent of the hospitals are owned by the Hospital Corporation of America chain Gov. Rick Scott founded.   Scott, through executive order, created a Commission…

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