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5 Things Florida: Home visiting services RFP, Q&A w/ Melanie Brown-Woofter, Inflation Reduction Act

| Sep 7, 2022 | Florida

In this month's newsletter we have an interview on care integration with FBHA CEO Melanie Brown-Woofter, a deep dive on Medicare-related provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act, and details on a new RFP for home visiting services providers. Thanks for reading! Emily Boerger State of Reform   1. Inflation Reduction...[ Read More ]

Florida and Maryland Healthy Start coalitions receive $1.5 million from HHS for infant health equity programs

| Sep 1, 2022 | Florida, Maryland

Healthy Start coalitions and other children’s health programs across 7 states received new grant funding from the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on Monday to improve infant health disparities.      The funding comes from the Catalyst for Infant Health Equity Program Fiscal Year 2022 Awards, administered...[ Read More ]

Florida lab owner charged in $53 million health care fraud and kickback scheme related to genetic cancer screening tests

| Aug 31, 2022 | Florida

A Florida lab owner has been charged with over $50 million in health care fraud related to fraudulent genetic cancer screening tests, Attorney for the United States Lee M. Cortes Jr. announced today. Daniel Hurt, 48, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is charged by information with one count of conspiracy to commit...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Melanie Brown-Woofter, Florida Behavioral Health Association

| Aug 30, 2022 | Florida

Melanie Brown-Woofter, CEO of the Florida Behavioral Health Association, is focusing on the expansion of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model in the state. Demand for the model, which provides prospective payments to CCBHC providers, is already in place, with 15 grant awardees in place and at least...[ Read More ]

Florida Medicaid enacts ban on coverage for gender-affirming care

| Aug 26, 2022 | Florida

A rule banning Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming care went into effect this week, despite the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) receiving “1000s and 1000s of comments” urging the agency not to adopt the rule. The rule prohibits all Florida Medicaid recipients from receiving coverage for 3 services that treat gender...[ Read More ]

Florida Healthy Start releases home visiting services provider RFP

| Aug 25, 2022 | Florida

The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions (FAHSC) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a home visiting services provider, with the contract set to begin in late September. The contract is part of FAHSC’s efforts to support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs (MIECHV) Initiative,...[ Read More ]