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Hospital leaders in Florida take on the competition
Hospital leaders in Florida use creative tactics to compete. NCH’s Allen Weiss combines number-crunching with a focus on prevention. Jackson CEO Carlos Migoya has ambitious plans that includes reinvesting and upgrading. Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of Mayo Clinic's Florida operations, has announced a partnership with a biotech company. Read the full report from Florida Trend.
The Affordable Care Act has had a profound impact on how money moves through Florida’s health care economy, according to a biennial market report out this week. Allan Baumgarten, health care finance analyst and author of the 2017 Health Market Review, spoke with Health News Florida about how the Affordable Care Act has shaped Florida’s health care market. [Source: Health News Florida]
If a move now underway in Tallahassee, Florida, succeeds, Sunshine State voters will be asked next year to consider a ballot proposal that could have a major impact on how future medical malpractice litigation in the state is conducted. More from Medscape and WJXT.
Angelia Fowler was surprised to learn that the debt-collection agency she says is ruining her life is owned by the hospital company that saved it. Millions of patients like Fowler are on the receiving end of the health-care industry’s collections machine. [Source: Bloomberg]
A pair of Democratic state lawmakers have introduced joint resolutions for the 2018 legislative session that propose an amendment to the Florida constitution to expand Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act. The move aims to expand access to healthcare coverage to the roughly 800,000 Floridians who currently fall into the ‘coverage gap.’ [Source: WGCU]
› MRMC approved to expand, improve emergency department [Ocala Star Banner]
Munroe Regional Medical Center is moving forward with its $26 million plan to modernize and expand the emergency department at its Southwest First Avenue campus, hoping to increase efficiencies and slash patient wait times amid rising demands for emergency treatment.
› Florida regulator receives nearly 5 year sentence for tipping off nursing home exec to state inspections [Becker's Hospital Review]
A former healthcare inspection supervisor at Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration was sentenced Friday to nearly five years in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for alerting a nursing home executive to state inspections and patient complaints.
› Five Questions with Lakeland Regional’s Danielle Drummond [Lakeland Ledger]
In four years, Danielle Drummond has made a difference at Lakeland Regional Health. She started at the local organization that runs Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center in 2013 as chief strategy and growth officer. It wasn’t long before she was promoted in May 2016 to executive vice president and chief operating officer, a new position.
› Broward, Palm Beach Counties push ahead to sue big pharma for opioid crisis [WLRN]
Two of Florida’s largest counties, Palm Beach and Broward, have started a process that could take opioid drug makers to court for their roles in the opioid crisis. The counties join more than 100 cities, counties and states across the country that are taking legal action against drug companies.