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FL gov. announces board to study public hospitals

Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday the formation of a commission to review whether government hospitals should continue to exist in Florida —a move that could have major implications for the Jackson Health System. "It is the intent of this administration to develop a more rational approach to compensating hospitals with a higher degree of predictability and fairness, and which does not incentivize inefficiency, higher cost or irrational business practices," Scott said in his five-page executive order. The order noted that some hospitals get paid at significantly higher Medicaid rates than others ? an indirect reference to the Lower Income Pool payments that hospitals like Jackson receive for taking care of large numbers of uninsured patients.
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