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Scott continues to pressure hospitals, wants to audit 129

Scott continues to pressure hospitals, wants to audit 129

Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is continuing to ratchet up pressure on the hospital industry, with Scott saying Monday that 129 hospitals face audits related to Medicaid managed-care contracts. NorthEscambia.com reports that those hospitals include our Baptist Hospital and West Florida [...]

Scott announces Pensacola MSA has added 3,000 jobs in the past year

Scott announces Pensacola MSA has added 3,000 jobs in the past year

Press release: Governor Rick Scott recently announced the Pensacola area again experienced positive annual job growth over the year in July 2015 with 3,900 new jobs. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point over the year, from 6.5 percent in July 2014 to 5.5 percent in [...]

Backroom briefing: Scott leads cheers for more cash

Backroom briefing: Scott leads cheers for more cash

By JIM TURNER AND JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott says the state's business-recruiting arm is running short of cash for incentives, and he wants to increase pressure on lawmakers to inject more money into enticing companies to Florida. During what one attendee of an [...]

State security details cost $2.9 million

State security details cost $2.9 million

Protection for Gov. Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott, other officials and the governor's mansion cost the state about $2.9 million in the recently completed fiscal year, according to an annual report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The "Report of Transportation and Protective [...]

Minyard reappointed as Medical Examiner

Minyard reappointed as Medical Examiner

The News Service of Florida reports that Andrea Minyard, David Stewart, Jon Thogmartin And Barbara Wolf have been reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott as district medical examiners. Minyard, of Gulf Breeze, is chief medical examiner of District 1, which includes Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton [...]

Forbes: Florida has six of top 10 metro areas for job growth

Forbes: Florida has six of top 10 metro areas for job growth

Gov. Rick Scott is proud of the state's showing in Forbes list of "Best Cities for Job Growth." Naples tops the list at number one with Cape Coral, Orlando, Ocala, Port St. Lucie, and North Port ranking in the top 10. Scott said in a press release, “Forbes has picked Florida as the best [...]

Scott appoints new Medical Pot Chief

Scott appoints new Medical Pot Chief

State health officials on Wednesday announced that Christian Bax will replace Patricia Nelson as the new head of the Office of Compassionate Use, the agency charged with overseeing Florida's medical marijuana law. Nelson's abrupt departure Friday sent ripples throughout the medical marijuana [...]

Sundown on Project Sunburst

Sundown on Project Sunburst

Four years ago, Governor Rick Scott announced Project Sunburst, a website that would make his office more transparent. E-mails to and from the Governor would be accessible to the public through an online, read-only e-mail viewer. In addition, e-mails to and from 11 members of the Governor’s [...]

Florida voters not too crazy for Scott or Florida Legislature

Florida voters not too crazy for Scott or Florida Legislature

We may have found the reason for Scott's campaign-like "Victory Tour." The News Service of Florida reports: About half of Florida voters disapprove of the way Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers are handling their jobs, while U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson get higher marks, [...]

Scott visits Apple Market today as part of his ‘Victory Tour’

Scott visits Apple Market today as part of his ‘Victory Tour’

On Monday, Governor Rick Scott is visiting seven Florida cities on his “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” Tax Cut Victory Tour to celebrate more than $400 million in tax cuts for Florida families. The "Victory Tour" started in Fort Myers at 8:30 a.m. He then hits Miami, Greenacres, St. Petersburg, [...]

Baptist, Sacred Heart and Santa Rosa Medical will lose nearly $2.5 million under Scott LIP replacement plan

Baptist, Sacred Heart and Santa Rosa Medical will lose nearly $2.5 million under Scott LIP replacement plan

Governor Rick Scott is still going after hospitals. Of Pensacola's three hospitals, West Florida Hospital is the only one that will benefit from his proposed plan to replace Low Income Pool (LIP) funds. West Florida is part of HCA, the for-profit health care system that Scott once [...]

Amended Senate health care plan for the uninsured not welcomed by Scott and House

Amended Senate health care plan for the uninsured not welcomed by Scott and House

The Florida Senate's FHIX (Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange) is not getting much praise from Gov. Rick Scott and Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. Senate President Andy Gardiner has pitched FHIX as a way to make hospitals whole in light of the federal government's decision [...]

HCA offers a solution to health care crisis

HCA offers a solution to health care crisis

HCA, the for-profit health care system that Rick Scott once served as its CEO, has sent a letter to the governor offering a solution to replace the Low Income Pool. HCA has 46 hospitals in Florida, including West Florida Hospital in Pensacola. It recommends that state increase base Medicaid [...]

Gaetz: ‘Continuation budgets; that’s Washington talk’

Gaetz: ‘Continuation budgets; that’s Washington talk’

State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) mocked Governor Rick Scott's efforts to force Florida hospitals to share their revenues with less profitable facilities. On the radio show "Pensacola Speaks, he said, "When Governor Scott, who as you know made probably hundreds of millions of dollars buying and [...]

Scott begins hospital witch hunt May 20

Scott begins hospital witch hunt  May 20

Gov. Rick Scott's newly created panel on health-care funding is scheduled to spend 90 minutes next week receiving overviews of issues such as hospital financial data, the Low Income Pool and what is known as the "certificate of need" process, according to an agenda posted on the governor's website. [...]

Scott takes socialistic approach to health care for low income families

Scott takes socialistic approach to health care for low income families

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that, like Major League Baseball teams, hospitals should share profits if the federal government refuses to authorize $2.2 billion in health-care spending. In a letter to the president of the Florida Hospital [...]

Special Session set for June. Governor comes back empty handed

Special Session set for June. Governor comes back empty handed

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Legislative leaders agreed Wednesday on the dates for a special session to hammer out a compromise on the state budget, as the federal government sent a clear signal that $2.2 billion in health-care funding at the center of the discussions is at [...]

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