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Auditor flags Florida's oversight of Medicaid fraud

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Auditor flags Florida's oversight of Medicaid fraud

| 4/3/2018

Auditor flags Florida’s oversight of Medicaid fraud

The audit released this week by the state auditor general questioned why Florida spent more than $5.5 million on an advanced data analytics system and renewed the vendor's contract five times despite the company's inability to include data on the majority of people enrolled in the Medicaid program. More from the and Health News Florida.

Florida seeks to boost funding for mental-health, substance-abuse treatments

Florida is asking the federal government to amend a sweeping Medicaid waiver, including seeking permission to add community mental-health and substance-abuse providers to those eligible for funding. If approved, the state would save about $38 million in general-revenue dollars and $98.4 million in combined state and federal funds. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Proposal to end hospitals’ certificate of need system pulled from CRC

A proposal that would have ended the state's certificate-of-need process for approving hospitals was withdrawn Monday, just before it was set to move into the next stage of consideration for placement on the November ballot. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Florida Hospital doctors recognized by lawmakers for aid work in Puerto Rico

A group of doctors from Florida Hospital received a proclamation from the government of Puerto Rico for their services after hurricane Maria devastated the island. Dr. Katia Lugo said the medical work on the island — and for evacuees in Central Florida — is far from done. [Source: ]

Reports of rare cancer cases in Florida town continues to rise, nearly triples from original count

It’s the news glioblastoma patients in St. Lucie County feared they’d hear: There are more cases than they knew of. The Florida Department of Health confirms it is monitoring their concerns and considering how to move forward. More from and WPTV.

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› One Orlando hospital made the list of leaders in LGBTQ health care equality
Just one area hospital was awarded the Leader in Healthcare Equality designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The Orlando VA Medical Center, which had a perfect score last year, earned a score of 100, according to the 2018 report from the HRC Foundation.

› As Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month ends, health officials urge public to get screened
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month ended on Saturday, but Florida health officials want the public to remain aware of the cancer that’s the second leading cause of death among men and women.

› Feds pursue civil Medicare fraud charges against Oviedo firm
The Justice Department has joined a Central Florida woman’s whistleblower lawsuit against an Oviedo-based medical supply company, Central Medical Systems Inc. and its owner Alan Trent Harley.

› Critical-care doctor writes of families’ health choices and realities
Read an excerpt from “You Can Stop Humming Now: Doctor's Stories of Life, Death, and in Between,” a collection of family health narratives written by critical-care doctor Daniela Lamas.

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