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Commission must look at all healthcare spending, lobbyist says

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Any commission on healthcare costs should make sure to include all parts of the delivery system, not just hospital costs. Pharmaceuticals, durable medical equipment, Medicaid HMOs, and ambulatory surgical centers also are part of the healthcare delivery system and contribute to healthcare costs, said Tony Carvalho, president Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. “If they are going to look at healthcare costs they need to look at everything,” said Carvalho, whose association represents 14 teaching, children’s and regional perinatal intensive…

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Rick Scott turns up the heat on Florida Senate and hospitals

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With just eight days left in the 2015 legislative session, Gov. Rick Scott has turned up the heat on the Florida Senate. Scott called Democrat and Republican senators into his office on Wednesday to discuss his legislative priorities, such as tax cuts and increased spending for education. He also advised the senators that he could wield his veto pen on their priority legislation or on funding issues, if and when a budget is passed. State Sen. Jeremy Ring told Florida Politics he met with Scott…

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Health care expansion or not, Safety Net Hospitals fared well in 2014

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Despite difficult economic times over the last few years and an obstinate stance against Medicaid expansion among the Florida House majority, you might expect safety-net hospitals to struggle to turn a profit. Not so, according to Phil Galewitz in Kaiser Health News: So-called safety-net hospitals, many of which are supported by local or county taxpayers, often struggle financially because they see a high proportion of patients that are either uninsured or enrolled in Medicaid, the state-federal program that pays less money…

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