Will Aetna Acquire Cigna, Humana? Print E-mail
Written by Florida Health Industry Week in Review   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:32

According to Emily Rappleye, in a May 18, 2015 Becker's Hospital Review post:

Whisperings of Aetna's possible acquisition of Cigna or Humana are producing a low hum in the financial blogosphere...the deal analysts are calling "imminent."

It's hard to imagine how consolidation in the payer space would benefit health consumers or providers. Is it plausible that efficiencies enjoyed by an Aetna-Cigna-Humana conglomerate would result in cost saving passed along to the consumers (in the form of lower premiums) or higher reimbursements for providers?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:38
With Specialists in Short Supply, LA County Turns to e-Consulting Print E-mail
Written by Anna Gorman | Kaiser Health News   
Friday, 22 May 2015 17:02
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Doctors called it the black hole.
If their low-income or uninsured patients needed specialty care, they put in a referral to the massive Los Angeles County health care bureaucracy and then waited - for weeks or even months. It could take eight months to see a neurologist, more than three to see a cardiologist.
To speed things up, doctors at county and community clinics urged their patients to go straight to the emergency room, the unofficial back door for specialist appointments. That way, patients could bypass the long waits and get the recommended colonoscopy or CT scan. But that route was expensive and burdensome to ERs.

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 17:10
Oldest Working Nurse Turns 90 Print E-mail
Written by Florida Health Industry Week in Review   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:29

According to Today News, in a May 11, 2015 post, the oldest practicing nurse in the U.S. celebrated her 90th birthday. She works at Tacoma General Hospital in Washington.

If we don't solve our unsustainable entitlement programs soon, we might all be working until age 90.

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Are Hospitals Really Like Baseball Teams? Print E-mail
Written by Valerie Shahriari | Florida Healthcare Law Firm Blog   
Friday, 15 May 2015 15:11

On Monday, May 11, 2015 Governor Rick Scott appointed 9 people to a Commission meant to examine the economics of health care and hospitals in Florida. It has been noted by many in the healthcare industry that none of the 9 appointed individuals are hospital executives. Governor Scott is drawing criticism not only for the lack of healthcare experience in the majority of the appointments but also for the contributions to political campaigns that the appointees have made over the last couple of years. One of the members of the new Commission is Carlos Beruff, a homebuilder who is the president of Medallion homes and will be the Chairman of the new committee. Campaign records show that he donated over $100,000 to Republican candidates including $80,000 that went to Gov. Scott and his Let's Get to Work committee.
The appointment comes on the heels of a letter sent by Governor Scott to the Florida Hospital Association. In the letter, Governor Scott proposes revenue sharing among Florida hospitals if the Low Income Pool is not extended by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The letter has gained much attention in the media as the Governor likened the sharing of revenue to how large market baseball teams share revenues with small market basketball teams. The Governor has requested that hospitals submit 3 models by May 22 so that the Commission can consider them on May 26.
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Friday, 29 May 2015 00:00
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