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Teaching hospitals losers, for-profits winners, under Rick Scott’s alternative LIP proposal

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The state’s largest teaching hospitals would see a $200 million reduction in Medicaid payments under a proposal Gov. Rick Scott has floated to the federal government in hopes of keeping Florida’s supplemental Medicaid funds at a full $2 billion. Conversely, the for-profit facilities would gain the most under the proposal being advanced by Scott, the former chief executive officer of the nation’s largest hospital chain. According to spreadsheets distributed by the governor’s office, Scott’s reworked spending formula would mean deep reductions…

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How do hospitals fare under new Senate plan? Check and see

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In hopes of hanging on to a $2 billion pool of supplemental Medicaid dollars the state uses to help fund hospitals, federally qualified health centers, HMOs and other parts of Florida’s healthcare delivery system, the Florida Senate late last week proposed a new plan that it hopes the federal government will approve. So, just how much can hospitals expect to get under a redesigned Low Income Pool, or LIP  formula?  A spreadsheet released by the Senate late Friday showed that, if…

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Five minutes with Tom Lee — Talk of playing cards while building a budget

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The Senate Appropriations chairman is drawing a line in the sand. State Sen. Tom Lee wants clarity on healthcare spending before moving forward on building a budget and both state Sens. Aaron Bean and Renee Garcia are looking for the money to help him produce a balanced spending plan. The federal Low Income Pool program expires in June and the more than billion dollars it funnels to safety net hospitals evaporates. Lee said that’s an “untenable proposition” for the Senate,…

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