South Florida’s healthcare industry accounted for 60 percent of the region’s economic recovery since the recession began. That’s one startling conclusion from some local economic data released Friday morning. The new estimates of economic output show 2011 was a feeble year for the region’s $263 billion economy,...

A grande problemo for the Republican Party is how to win over Hispanic voters who flocked to President Barack Obama in 2012. But even with Republicans like Sen. Marco Rubio supporting immigration reform, Latinos are still concerned about other issues, said David Plouffe, a recently departed White...

RENTON, N.J. -- Johnson & Johnson has again recalled thousands of its hip implants, 2 1/2 years after the problem-plagued health care giant issued a recall of two other types of its artificial hips. Spokeswomen for J&J's DePuy Orthopaedics unit said Thursday that the company recalled the...

The Obama administration last week gave Gov. Rick Scott one of the two waivers he's requested for managing Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the very poor. The waiver affects long-term care for 87,000 low-income seniors and disabled people who now receive nursinghome or in-home care under Medicaid. Given that Medicaid consumes...

This week the federal government signed off on the first part of a plan that could eventually steer more than 3 million low-income Floridians on Medicaid into a managed care, or HMO system. The decision comes two years after Florida lawmakers approved the conversion in an...

JACKSONVILLE and WESTON, Fla., -- Florida Blue, Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, and Cleveland Clinic Florida are proud to announce the execution of a Letter of Intent, which signifies their commitment to create an accountable care program. The overall goals of accountable care arrangements are to improve...

CLEARWATER, Fla.,- As part of Senior Home Care's full complement of home health care services, the company is expanding its Telemonitoring Pilot Program to include three office locations in Florida – Gainesville, Naples and Ft. Myers. Telemonitoring services, which Senior Home Care launched in Gainesville in July, 2012, have quickly gained traction with...

The chief executive officer and second-in-command at a Florida nursing home management company that oversees two facilities in Bradenton have been charged with using more than $2.75 million of Medicaid funds for excessive salaries and personal expenses. CEO Maxcine Darville and her daughter, Assistant CEO Joanne...