Two Florida health information exchanges are adding patient search services via the statewide Florida Health Information Exchange. Strategic Health Intelligence of Pensacola and Atlantic Coast Health Information Exchange of Miramar are adding Florida HIE’s patient-lookup service and will, in turn, offer the service to their provider...

This is National Nursing Home Week. Nursing homes across Florida will host celebrations to honor the staff, family members and volunteers who make a difference in the lives of our state's nearly 71,000 nursing home residents. This year's theme is "Team Care: Everyone Pitches In." The...

Facing the next big health-care challenge in Florida, Uncle Sam plans to enlist hundreds of consumer "navigators" over the next several months to help enroll up to 3.5 million uninsured state residents by January, when everyone is required to have health insurance. Prospective navigators are preparing...

Hospital charity is getting more expensive. Lee Memorial Health System’s annual report on services it provides to the community shows Southwest Florida’s largest hospital system provided $45.6 million in care to patients who could not pay in 2012, a 14 percent increase over the previous year. The...

The price tag for a hip or knee replacement at Baptist Health’s Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables is bound to cause sticker shock: $208,602, the highest charge for such a procedure at any South Florida medical facility. A little farther north, the quoted price drops substantially...

As part of Senior Home Care's full range of clinical home health programs and services, the company is expanding its Telemonitoring Program into Winter Haven, Fla. Senior Home Care offers in-home patient telemonitoring from four of its 29 Florida Medicare-certified agencies, including Gainesville, Naples, Ft....

Tallahassee, Fla.—The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) has been working diligently toward transforming Florida Medicaid since mid-2011 when the legislation that created the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program became law. The Agency, in partnership with the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), achieved a critical...

High unemployment has done little to ease the challenges of hiring for senior living communities and nursing homes, and experts say it will only get harder as the economy improves and the nation steadily grows older. Recruiting doctors, nurses, nursing assistants and other medical staff is...

Naples-based Health Management Associates and Florida Blue have announced an accountable-care agreement for thousands of patients in Brevard County, which the two companies said would improve coordination of care and reduce costs such as redundant tests. The initiative means Wuesthoff’s medical centers in Melbourne and Rockledge,...