Despite the support of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Senate, the 2013 legislative session ended with the Florida House unilaterally blocking the extension of health coverage to more than a million low-income, uninsured Floridians. Approving "Medicaid expansion" (or a comparable Senate-backed alternative) would have provided low-wage workers, parents and...

If it's a Monday, you can usually find Dr. David Brown parked next to a lake in Miami, spending the day inside a 36-foot-long RV. He's not on vacation. Brown is chief of family medicine at Florida International University's medical school. The RV is the school's mobile health clinic. Every...

Continuing Care for Seniors is big business in Florida. Now, entrepreneurs from India hope to apply a similar business model there. A contingent from a New Delhi-based healthcare organization was in Ft. Myers last week visiting Florida’s largest continuing care community – Shell Point – to...

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...