Original Stories From Health News Florida

Patients scramble for new coverage

By Carol Gentry and Sarah Pusateri
11/27/12 © Health News Florida

Carol White of St. Petersburg, like thousands of other UnitedHealthcare patients, spent Monday shopping for a new health plan so that she could keep her doctor at BayCare Health System. She called the companies' failure to resolve their dispute "unconscionable."

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Scott to HHS: Can we talk?

By Carol Gentry
11/16/12 © Health News Florida

Gov. Rick Scott has asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for a meeting to discuss setting up a partnership-style health exchange. Meanwhile, Florida legislative leaders say the state can't act until the session in March.

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Would expanding Medicaid pay off for Florida?

By Carol Gentry
11/15/12 © Health News Florida

Florida could gain an economic boost and thousands of jobs if state officials accept federal funds to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, three new studies say. One calculates the payoff at 16-to-1.

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Re-engineer health system, CEOs urge

By Carol Gentry
11/08/12 © Health News Florida

The U.S. health-care system has begun a transformation aimed at getting more value and controlling costs, but that needs to be accelerated, say four health-care CEOs.

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Florida to miss deadline for health-insurance exchange

By Carol Gentry
11/08/12 © Health News Florida

In eight days, states are to turn in blueprints for the health exchanges called for in the Affordable Care Act. Florida, which has done nothing to implement it, will miss the deadline.

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$34M in doctor bonuses led to ratings boost, Humana says

By Carol Gentry
11/02/12 © Health News Florida

Wonder how Humana-Florida boosted its Medicare HMO's quality ratings so quickly? Cash for doctors.

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Humana Gold Plus HMO leads in FL Medicare ratings

By Carol Gentry
11/01/12 © Health News Florida

Twenty years ago, Humana Gold Plus was a mass of complaints from doctors and patients. Today, it's the only statewide Medicare plan at the top of the quality rankings. How did that happen?

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Medicare sends warning to seniors in low-rated plans

By Carol Gentry
10/30/12 © Health News Florida

By Carol Gentry
10/30/12 © Health News Florida

Some Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in certain health and drug plans will get letters from the government soon. It is not good news.

--See how your plan rates.

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State finds pharmacy ‘deplorable,’ suspends license

By Carol Gentry
10/26/12 © Health News Florida

A Florida Department of Health report that became public on Friday ordered the suspension of a Boca Raton compounding pharmacy because it  “constitutes an immediate, serious danger” to the public. But the firm feels it's a victim of timing.

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Florida suspends compounding pharmacy in Boca

By Carol Gentry
10/26/12 © Health News Florida

In an emergency order, the Florida Department of Health suspended the license of a Boca Raton compounding pharmacy, Rejuvi Pharmaceuticals Inc., the agency said in a press release.

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