Hospitals must now list prices for procedures. Critics say it's no help
Hospitals started posting the list prices for their procedures and supplies on their websites on Jan. 1 in response to a federal requirement, which aims to improve price transparency in the health-care system. But critics say that hospital list prices — called chargemasters — don’t translate to patients’ out-of-pocket costs, can confuse consumers, and may not move the needle in price transparency. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
The state Agency for Health Care Administration has quickly appealed after a circuit judge ruled that it improperly awarded a Medicaid managed-care contract in Southwest Florida. Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers last week rejected AHCA’s contract with Molina Healthcare of Florida, Inc. [Source: WPEC]
» State medicaid changes come under fire
Surgeons with Baptist Health South Florida’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute on Monday unveiled a new imaging machine that Baptist Health developed in partnership with Royal Philips to make it easier for multidisciplinary teams of doctors to perform surgeries while simultaneously being able to see inside a patient’s body from any angle. [Source: Miami Herald]
Lawmakers are being asked to consider two competing proposals surrounding access to dental care. One would allow mid-level practitioners to be licensed, while the other would provide incentives to would-be dentists. A coalition called Floridians for Dental Access wants the Florida Legislature to allow licenses for dental therapists. More from WFSU and the Daily Commercial.
In a decision focused on expert witnesses, a state appeals court Friday rejected a medical-malpractice lawsuit stemming from allegations that a woman suffered a broken femur during a hip-replacement surgery. Before filing medical-malpractice lawsuits, plaintiffs are required under state law to submit written expert opinions to support their contentions of negligence. [Source: WUSF]
› Health warning about flu-related pneumonia in Florida [WJXT]
Flu season is in full swing and while doctors are seeing widespread activity in Florida, some hospitals are seeing an uptick in another potentially life-threatening illness- pneumonia. The number of flu cases statewide may be down compared to last year, but pneumonia is one of the big concerns with the flu.
› Malware affects AdventHealth's pulmonary practice in Tavares [Orlando Sentinel]
An unauthorized third party had access to the systems at AdventhHealth Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine at Tavares since August 2017 and the malware was discovered more than a year later, on December 27 last year, AdventHealth officials say.
› Naples Community Hospital to conduct nationwide search for new leadership [WINK News]
Patient rallies and doctors walking away all led up to the biggest change at Naples Community Hospital — two resignations that have left the health care agency without executive leaders.
› Alachua becomes first county in Florida to raise minimum tobacco buying age [WCJB]
Alachua County will become the first in the state to implement a tobacco ordinance that raises the minimum age for tobacco sales. The ordinance was passed unanimously and will raise the age of tobacco sales to 21.