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Rick Scott’s executive appointments may be in trouble after all

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Senate President Andy Gardiner isn’t making any promises that the Senate will confirm Gov. Rick Scott‘s appointments for agency heads. Gardiner said he couldn’t make any assurances that the Senate would confirm any of the governor’s appointments, including Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek, who transformed the state’s Medicaid program into a mandatory managed-care health delivery system. Gardiner told reporters earlier in the month that he would not let the impasse over healthcare financing and Medicaid expansion interfere…

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Senate panel OKs nursing bill; it’s now a healthcare train

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The Senate Appropriations Committee quickly moved a healthcare train with little-to-no debate. The underlying nursing bill became a “train” after the committee tagged on two House priorities: direct primary care and site selection for new veteran nursing homes or HBs 7047 and 7045, respectively. Both bills were developed by the House Health Innovation Subcommittee. The underlying bill, CS/CS/SB 532, is filed by state Sen. Denise Grimsley and it allows advanced registered nurse practitioners to order medications for patients in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, or mobile surgical…

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Biz group says focus should be Medicaid financing, not health access expansion

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The Legislature should focus its efforts on securing continued supplemental Medicaid funding for Florida hospitals but should not push ahead with a plan to provide health insurance access to uninsured Floridians, Florida Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Wilson said in a memo Wednesday. The memo, directed to the Chamber’s board of directors and members Health Care Task members, said there are two realities in Tallahassee: The Senate’s current Medicaid “expansion” plan does not address important costs driver reforms…

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