A Plus Home Health Care in Fort Lauderdale agreed to pay $1.65 million to the federal government to resolve a federal whistleblower suit that alleged it made kickbacks to doctors’ spouses to get referrals of Medicare patients.
More than 35,000 people in Florida — a higher number than in any other state with a federally run insurance exchange — missed a Sept. 5 deadline to provide evidence that their citizenship or residency status makes them eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a federal official said Monday.
When Bill Lorimer’s doctor diagnosed him with a kidney stone in May, the Minnesota retiree and part-time resident of Marathon in the Florida Keys went to his local hospital for diagnostic scans of his pelvis and abdomen.
The average Medicare payment for a knee replacement at a South Florida medical center in 2012 ranged from a low of $9,700 at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale to a high of $24,000 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami — even though Holy Cross’s average charge of $63,000 was about $2,000 higher than Jackson’s.
As if healthcare pricing wasn’t complex enough, try talking about it without running into some conversation-stopping jargon. Words that mean one thing to the rest of the English-speaking world can mean something completely different in healthcare — like a “charge” that isn’t the same as the price.
Bella Rodriguez-Torres battled a rare, aggressive cancer for six years until she died at 10 years old. This little girl became a social media phenomenon as her parents chronicled her chemotherapy treatments on Facebook.