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House budget would cut jobs, money for hospitals and county health units

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The Florida House would spend $31.3 billion on health care programs during the next budget year, cutting money for hospitals and county health departments, but boosting spending on mental health and substance abuse programs. Chairman Jason Brodeur outlined the proposal Tuesday morning during hearings before the Health Care Appropriation Subcommittee. It was one of five subcommittee releasing budget outlines, pending release of the formal appropriations bill by week’s end. Under the plan, the state would spend nearly 1 percent less than it…

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Hospitals hopeful on Medicaid following meeting with D.C. delegation

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Florida’s congressional delegation is onboard with efforts by hospitals that provide charity care to persuade the Trump administration to treat the state more fairly under the Medicaid program, representatives said following meetings in Washington. Members of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida met this week with senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, and with House members Carlos Curbelo, Stephanie Murphy, and Ted Yoho, and with aides to other members of the delegation. “We had a very warm reception at Sen. Rubio’s office. He was very well…

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House panel OKs repeal of hospital regulation

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A bill that would end state oversight of hospital construction and expansion cleared its first House review panel on Thursday. The Select Committee on Affordable Healthcare Access OK’d the legislation (HB 437) 10-4 along party lines. The measure would repeal the “certificate of need” process that requires hospitals to show state regulators there’s a need in the community before they can build a new facility or expand an existing one. It also applies to adding specialty treatment programs, such as organ transplants. It…

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Chip Case’s Jefferson Monroe shop takes in $70k in 2016 Q2

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Another in the growing list of small or one-man lobbying shops is Chip Case‘s solo practice, Jefferson Monroe. Another thing that’s growing: its client lists. According to recently released lobbying compensation reports, the firm took in an estimated $70,000 between April 1 and June 30 — not bad for three months’ work. Without a doubt the anchor of the Case’s client list was a pair of healthcare interests, Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, who contributed as much as $19,999 to Jefferson Monroe’s coffers…

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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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Five things to look for at today’s meeting of Rick Scott’s hospital commission

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The much-written about Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding holds its inaugural meeting in Tallahassee today. Gov. Rick Scott, a former healthcare and hospital executive, has spent much of his time in the three weeks since lawmakers have left town focusing on building a continuation base budget and negotiating with and suing the federal government over supplemental Medicaid dollars called Low Income Pool. Here are five things to look for coming out of today’s meeting: Will hospitals get called out…

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Hospital meeting is two weeks away but still no word on Rick Scott’s appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott‘s blue-ribbon healthcare and hospital commission is meeting in two weeks but the Governor’s Office is quiet on the appointments. Scott created the commission via executive order last week. The order doesn’t mention how many members would be on the commission or if any of them would be lawmakers but it did note that the governor would appoint the executive director and that it would be staffed by the Agency for Health Care Administration. Though details haven’t been released,…

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