By JODIE WAGNER, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Mindy Stein gave up a long career in social work 14 years ago to enroll in law school. Then 41, the mother of three stood out among her classmates. "It's something I always wanted to do," Stein, who has a master's in...

Chapters Health System is using a nationwide model to provide assistance. By ROBIN WILLIAMS ADAMS, THE LEDGER LAKELAND | Frail, older and chronically ill or disabled Polk County residents can expect a new option for coordinated medical care next year from the parent company of locally based Good...

TALLAHASSEE — Caregivers in 40 nursing homes in Florida announced they delivered signatures from 3,000 workers to nursing home administrators urging them to keep bedside staffing levels in place and ignore a roll-back required under a law passed by the Legislature. The roll-back, which the group...

By: Barbara Peters Smith When Susan Jackewicz's father fell ill, she rushed from Boston to her parents' Palmer Ranch home to help her mother cope. She planned to be in Sarasota for six months. She wound up tending to her parents for the next 12 years. While...

By Dr. Madelyn E. Butler, special to the Times As a practicing OB-GYN in Tampa and Florida Medical Association president, I was dismayed to read the recent St. Petersburg Times editorial, "Devaluing the lives of poor, elderly." The FMA finds the editorial's references to medical liability reform...

Reductions less severe at nursing homes By Gary Pinnell SEBRING - Hospitals plan to absorb a 12 percent Medicaid reimbursement cut without reducing health care services or laying off nurses and caregivers. To reconcile a $4.6 billion revenue shortfall in the state budget, the Legislature agreed to reduce...

By: Liz Freeman NAPLES — Some seniors are caught between their past and their futures. Legislation passed by Florida lawmakers during the recent session could offer some remedy. The legislation addresses continuing care retirement communities and would allow these retirement communities to offer “memberships” to seniors for various services...

By Michael Peltier (Reuters) - Florida lawmakers passed a sweeping Medicaid reform package that places most recipients into managed care in a closely watched debate over how to curb costs and provide health benefits to the poor. Following hours of debate and back-room negotiations over the past...

Republicans have partisan control of both chambers of the Legislature and a shared intention to move Medicaid patients to managed care plans, yet the state Senate and House of Representatives have significant differences over how to implement those strategies. Medicaid is expected to cost $22 billion...

By Jim Saunders 04/15/11 © Health News Florida The Senate Budget Committee approved a massive Medicaid overhaul Thursday that would try to slam the brakes on health-care spending. The bill includes a controversial proposal that would cap the amount of money the state spends each year on Medicaid...