Anthem Bids $48 billion For Cigna To Create Health GiantThe nation's largest insurer by enrollment is set to be created once Anthem buys rival Cigna as part of a $48 billion deal.
Feds Say Hospital Funding Deal Reached 'In Principle'After months of wrangling about the issue, a top federal official Tuesday outlined a deal to continue Florida's Low Income Pool health-funding program for two years.
HCA Seeks Higher Medicaid Payments For Low Income PatientsHCA, which has 46 hospitals across the state, has sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott calling for an overhaul of the way Florida pays for care of low-income patients.
Scott Names Hospital Panel Without Hospital ExecutivesGov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed nine people --- none of them hospital executives, and only one of whom appears to have significant medical experience --- to a commission meant to examine the economics of health care and hospitals in Florida.
Gov. Scott Compares Obama Administration To SopranosGovernor Scott is comparing the Obama Administration to the Sopranos, accusing the president of not caring for low-income families, even as the governor refuses to expand Medicaid to more than 800,000 low-income families.
Gov. Scott Suing Feds For Withholding Hospital FundsFlorida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is suing the Obama administration for withholding hospital funds because the state won't expand Medicaid.
Florida: Federal Government Suspending Health Care TalksThe federal government suspended negotiations over the possible loss of more than $1 billion that is currently funding the state's hospitals, Florida officials said late Wednesday.
Bill Would Boost Power Of Nurse PractitionersWading into a fierce debate in the health-care industry, a House panel Wednesday approved a bill that would increase the authority of advanced registered nurse practitioners to care for patients.
New Pot Rule Faces Legal ChallengeThe Florida Department of Health faces a legal challenge in its latest attempt to move forward with regulations for the state's new medical-marijuana industry.
“Telehealth” Plan Starts Moving In HousePhysicians and other healthcare professionals using the Internet and other technology to provide care to patients remotely, also known as telehealth, began moving forward in the House Thursday.
Surgical, Recovery Centers Get Aid In HouseDespite objections from the hospital industry, a House panel Tuesday approved a bill that would allow patients to stay overnight at ambulatory surgical centers and open the door for longer-term "recovery care centers."
Florida Bill Would Create State Health Insurance ExchangeA new bill, proposed in the Senate, would offer an alternative to Medicaid expansion and would use federal funding to insure nearly 1 million low-income Floridians.
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