Scott omits hos­pi­tal ex­ecs from Fla. health­care panel

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Michael San­dler

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has as­sem­bled a com­mis­sion to sur­vey the health­care and hos­pi­tal eco­nomics in the state, and none of the ap­pointees are hos­pi­tal ex­ec­u­tives or law­mak­ers. The nine-per­son panel will make rec­om­men­da­tions to a spe­cial leg­isla­tive ses­sion called to pass the state bud­get.

The ap­point­ments to the Com­mis­sion on Health­care and Hos­pi­tal Fund­ing in­clude one physi­cian and a mix of lo­cal busi­ness lead­ers. Scott said he cre­ated the panel to help end a stale­mate over whether the state should ex­pand Med­i­caid el­i­gi­bil­ity un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has not yet ruled on the state’s ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­tend fed­eral fund­ing that sub­si­dizes health­care ser­vices for Florida’s low­in­come res­i­dents, known as the low­in­come pool, be­yond the June 30 ex­pi­ra­tion date. HHS of­fi­cials have said the state’s ex­ten­sion ap­pli­ca­tion is miss­ing key com­po­nents that fed­eral of­fi­cials will need to con­sider when de­cid­ing on the pro­gram’s fu­ture.

Scott also sent the Florida Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion and state hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials a let­ter propos­ing that hos­pi­tals share a por­tion of their rev­enue with each other to sup­port care for low-in­come pa­tients if HHS ends the state’s $2.2 bil­lion low­in­come pool pro­gram.

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