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Florida non-profit hospitals face serious funding cuts

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Florida non-profit hospitals face serious funding cuts

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Florida non-profit hospitals face serious funding cuts

Nine Florida nonprofit hospitals and one public hospital account for nearly two-thirds, or more than $220 million, of Gov. Scott’s proposed $298 million cuts in supplemental payments to hospitals for serving poor patients. Some of the hospitals that would face the largest cuts are Orange County's Florida Hospital ($49.9 million), Orlando Health ($37.9 million), Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in Pinellas County ($37.7 million), St. Joseph's Hospital in Hillsborough County ($22.4 million) and Lee Memorial Hospital in Lee County ($20.3 million). There are many more, see the full list here. Also read more at the Naples Daily News.

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» Hospitals that treated Pulse victims may lose additional funding in governor's proposed budget
» Full text of Gov. Scott's proposed budget

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At this year’s Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando, Mercy del Rey, who serves as assistant vice president and chief privacy officer for Baptist Health of South Florida will discuss the need for patient protection in technology-driven engagement activity. [Source: Diagnostic Imaging]

Appeals court rules against state In "Docs Vs. Glocks"

Siding with a coalition of individual doctors and medical groups, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that major portions of a controversial Florida law restricting physicians and other health-care providers from asking patients about guns is unconstitutional. More from Health News Florida and the AP.

Tele-health bill passes advancing in Florida House

Under a tele-health bill approved by the House Subcommittee on Health Quality, advanced registered nurse practitioners would be able to practice independently of doctors. The bill sets up a regulatory structure for tele-health in Florida biut the measure is raising some concerns. Full story from WFSU, here.

Memorial Healthcare Systems agrees to $5.5 million HIPAA settlement

Hollywood-based Memorial Healthcare Systems (MHS) agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $5.5 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, according to HHS. See the news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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› Above UF’s campus, a hot air balloon advocated for mental-health awareness
As students craned their necks to gaze at the red, blue and yellow hot air balloon flying over Flavet Field on Friday, they were encouraged to think about what lifts them up. The campaign aims to change people’s perceptions of mental health in Gainesville, said Paige Arnold, a member of the team.

› State denies request for pediatric heart transplant center in Orlando
The state on Friday denied a request by Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando to establish a new pediatric heart transplant program. The hospital, however, did receive authorization to start a pediatric lung transplant program.

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