As expected, the fate of federal health care reforms to improve access and affordability will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, which begins its new term today. The Justice Department asked the court last week to review an appellate ruling on Florida's legal challenge....

By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON The Justice Department is joining calls by states and a business group for prompt Supreme Court review of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The department says it will file its appeal with the high court later Wednesday asking the justices to uphold the...

By David Voreacos (Updates with U.S. attorney statement in 15th paragraph.) Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Maxim Healthcare Services Inc., which provides in-home health and nursing services, will pay $150 million to resolve criminal and civil probes of fraudulently overbilling federal and state governments. The U.S. Justice Department filed...

A divided, three-judge federal appeals court panel on Friday struck down the requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul package that all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties. But the ruling amounts to only a partial victory for the 26 states, led by...

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...