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HCA, UCF College of Medicine announce residency program to help cut physician shortage

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A new Central Florida education alliance seeks to retain medical residents as a way to reduce the state’s physician shortage. Hospital Corporation of America’s North Florida Division announced today a partnership with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine for a program to increase the number of residencies and fellowships in Florida. The consortium — HCA North Florida’s largest academic partnership to date — strengthens the existing relationship between UCF and HCA to help solve a persistent nationwide physician shortage. It seeks…

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For-profit hospitals ask Gov. Rick Scott to raise their taxes

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The for-profit hospital chain Hospital Corporation of America is asking Gov. Rick Scott to raise taxes on hospitals. Presidents from the four HCA hospital regions in Florida sent a letter to Scott regarding the  Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding saying that the Low Income Pool is not a long- term solution and that Scott consider increasing a tax hospitals currently pay and putting the new revenue into an increase in hospital base rates. Current base rates are insufficient to…

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