Florida’s health care system ranked 48th in the nation
Overall, the state’s health care system worsened since last year’s ranking. Deaths from suicide, alcohol and drug use increased during the period studied, according to the report, which contributed to the drop in ranking. Florida ranked #48 for overall health care among 50 states + the District of Columbia. Florida ranked 49th for access, quality and use of health care. Read more from Sarasota Magazine and CBS Miami. Download the full report from the Commonwealth Fund or read more at their website.
With tens of billions of dollars in contracts at stake, a dozen health plans have told Florida officials they are challenging newly awarded Medicaid contracts. Medicaid is Florida’s safety-net health program that provides care for nearly 4 million poor, elderly and disabled people, with 85 percent of beneficiaries enrolled in managed-care plans. [Source: Jacksonville Business Journal]
A malicious software that recently affected several Florida Hospital websites may have compromised some patient information, the health system said last week. “The scale of this exposure was limited and it was confirmed that no financial records were affected,” according to Florida Hospital. More from the Orlando Sentinel and Becker's Hospital Review.
Florida prisons are cutting mental health, substance abuse and re-entry programs to help make up for a $50 million shortfall in its healthcare and pharmaceuticals budgets. Even prison chaplains and librarians will feel the sting for what the Department of Corrections blames on underfunding in the budget the Legislature approved in March. [Source: NBC Miami]
Insurance giant Aetna is supporting a select number of state initiatives to help address the opioid epidemic. Out of $6 million the Aetna Foundation has pledged in total for states hard hit by opioid abuse, $1 million is earmarked to the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, according to the state group. [Source: Naples Daily News]
› Florida Hospital Waterman receives an “A” for patient safety [Daily Commercial]
Florida Hospital Waterman has once again been recognized as one of the region’s leading hospitals focused on patient safety and quality. The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, has released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades.
› New health care options coming to Yulee [WJXT]
Baptist Health plans to build a nearly 25-acre wellness complex in Yulee, which is seeing more growth than any other city in Nassau County. As the community's housing and business market grows, neighbors in the area are excited to have more medical options close by.
› Halifax Health appeals bond case to Florida Supreme Court [Daytona Beach News-Journal]
Halifax Health will try to convince the Florida Supreme Court that a multimillion dollar hospital under construction in Deltona should be completed using bond money after two state court judges ruled that the project is unlawful.
› Report reveals issues at All Children’s prestigious heart institute [Health News Florida]
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has a reputation as being one of the best children’s hospitals in Florida. But a recent report in the Tampa Bay Times revealed problems with the hospital's Heart Institute.