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Healthcare hearing this week

September 13, 2010

Florida’s lawsuit against the federal health care overhaul will get its first full hearing before Federal Judge Roger Vinson this Tuesday, Sept. 14 so expect some out-of-town reporters in the area. Attorney Generals from Alabama, Alaska,…


Aronberg accuse McCollum of political grandstanding

March 24, 2010

The blog Change in Tallahassee reports that State Sen. Dave Aronberg, a Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General, has accused the current AG, Bill McCollum who is running for governor, of political grandstanding with his filing…

Escambia County Politics

Obama Care

August 31, 2009

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has published its analysis of the controversial America’s Affordable Health Choices Act and its impact on each Congressional district. The report shows that in our district that up to…


Pensacola does well in healthcare cost study

February 26, 2009

There is new study by that Dartmouth Atlas project which is published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the rising costs of healthcare. For 20 years, the project researchers have been examining geographical disparities…


Sacred Heart hurt by budget cuts, too

January 13, 2009

Mike Burke, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Sacred Heart Health System says. “If the proposed budget cuts go through, Sacred Heart’s reimbursement would be cut by 4 percent or another $1.5 million annually. With…


Is Baptist/West Florida deal off?

January 1, 2009

Nearly a month ago, I reported on this blog that Baptist Healthcare’s purchase of West Florida Hospital had fallen through…a victim of the tight bond market (Buzz: Baptist/West Florida deal off). At that time, both parties…


CR ranks hospitals

May 30, 2008

A new system from Consumer Reports rates nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide on the length of hospital stays and number of doctor visits for older adults facing chronic diseases. Nine area hospitals are rated. When looking at…


New wrinkle in healthcare

January 21, 2008

Have you been late on paying your medical bills? Well, hospitals may start refusing treatment based on your credit history. A new medical bill payment reporting system, MedFICO, will be available for hospitals by the end…


Next fad: concierge physicians

January 7, 2008

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that rise of boutique medical practices. Could it come here? Today he (Dr. Carlos Caballero) will see a half-dozen patients, spending an hour to 90 minutes with each, and take phone…


Bush won’t pay for kids health

October 8, 2007

President Bush vetoed a bill to expand the State’s Child Health Insurance Program last week. The SCHIP was created to help the working poor who earned too much to qualify for Medicaid, but who still couldn’t…


Biggest Pensacola Wins

July 1, 2007

Where did the greater Pensacola area have its biggest wins last week? The Santa Rosa Island Authority finally looking at plans for a public parking garage on Pensacola Beach; Derrick Brooks being honored; County commissioners careful…