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Today on Context Florida: Political prognostication, confidential applicants and tedious year-end lists

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Today on Context Florida: Political prognostication is not an exact science despite what forecasters and pundits would have readers believe. Many fall somewhere between the obvious and the inane, and often take a familiar and non-threatening shape. Bold predictions are more than just simple guesswork; they are to be conversation (and argument) starters. Real analysts do not restate the obvious, like some academics, but provide a reasonable outlook on the future, as well as a fresh take on the political landscape.…

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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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