LATEST: 6 FACH Member Hospitals Ranked by US News & World Report


US News & World Report has published its list of best children’s hospitals for 2018. Six Florida children’s hospitals who are members of the Florida Association for Children’s Hospitals (FACH) were among the hospitals who ranked highly in specific specialty areas. To create the pediatric rankings, US News & Word Report gathers key clinical data from nearly 200 medical centers through a detailed survey that looks at measures such as patient safety, infection prevention and adequacy of nurse staffing. In addition, part of each hospital’s score is derived from surveys of more than 11,000 pediatric specialists who are asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty. In 2018, only 86 children’s hospitals were ranked in at least one of the pediatric specialties evaluated.

FACH hospitals and their rankings are:

UF Health Shands
39 – pediatric neonatology
49 – pediatric cancer
19 – pediatric cardiology and heart surgery
50 – pediatric neurology and neurosurgery
22 – pediatric pulmonology
27 – pediatric diabetes and endocrinology

Arnold Palmer Orlando
36 – pediatric cardiology and heart surgery
34 – pediatric diabetes and endocrinology
34 – pediatric orthopedics
38 – pediatric pulmonology
44 – pediatric urology

Joe DiMaggio
35 – pediatric orthopedics

Florida Hospital for Children
42 – pediatric neonatology

Wolfson Jacksonville
48 – pediatric cancer
47 – pediatric neurology and neurosurgery

43 – pediatric diabetes and endocrinology



2018 Best & Worst States for Children’s Health Care

Raising a child in America is extremely expensive, costing the average parent over $230k, and health care accounts for a big chunk of the bill. While more kids are insured today than at any other point in history, the higher coverage rate hasn’t translated to lower health costs for parents. For example, out of pocket costs for patients aged 0 to 18 increased by 18% between 2012 and 2016.

But it’s a different story in every state. WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 30 key indicators of cost, quality and access to children’s health care. Their data set ranges from share of children aged 0 to 17 in excellent or very good health to pediatricians and family doctors per capita. Read on for findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

The Commonwealth Fund’s  2018 Scorecard finds more improvement than decline in the functioning of state health care systems

All 50 states and the District of Columbia were assessed on more than 40 measures of access to health care, quality of care, efficiency in care delivery, health outcomes, and income-based health care disparities.

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$7-billion in CHIP cuts?

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Students with disabilities are falling further behind

The academic gap between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers is growing, according to public school scores from the grade 4 mathematics portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

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Florida ranks 49th for uninsured children

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Senator Rene Garcia honored as first Albert Wilkinson Child Health Champion

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Georgetown University Report Finds Long Term Benefits of Medicaid for Children

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Medicaid at 50: New Rules for Eligibility and Enrollment

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How Children’s Social Competence Impacts Their Well-Being in Adulthood

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What lies ahead for children’s health coverage?

With the King v. Burwell Supreme Court ruling  in June and federal funding for CHIP set to expire in October, the coming months could bring uncertainty to children’s health coverage. A new interactive tool shows the effect of different combinations of potential changes.
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Federal judge rules Florida deprived kids of medical care

U.S. Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan declared Florida’s healthcare system for needy and disabled children to be in violation of several federal laws.
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Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment Up by Nearly 9 Million

Medicaid enrollment has surged between October 2013 and the end of this August, rising by nearly 9 million overall. That has boosted total enrollment in the Medicaid program by 14.7 percent. Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services showed enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) stood at 67.9 million at the end of last August, with 27.8 million children enrolled in both programs.
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New Healthcare.Gov Improved, But With A Glitch

The Obama administration unveiled a new version of on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one early mistake and a new challenge.
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Medicaid Expansion Inspires Florida Senate Candidate

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October 8, 2014

Navigation System Preparing For Year Two Of Affordable Care Act Enrollment

The second year of Affordable Care Act enrollment starts in mid-November, and the navigators who help consumers sign up for health insurance coverage are gearing up to begin work.
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October 7, 2014

Readmission Fines Hit FL Hospitals

Medicare is fining a record number of hospitals – including more than 140 in Florida – for having too many patients return within a month for additional treatments, newly released federal records show.
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October 6, 2014

Money, Mortgages and Medicine (Radio interview)

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Florida Medicaid Privatization Underway Statewide

By Kelli Kennedy
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White House to Rick Scott: Medicaid expansion would create 63k jobs

By Alex Leary
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The White House has a Medicaid expansion argument for Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Republicans: It creates jobs.
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White House: Refusal to Expand Medicaid Will Cost Fla. 63,800 Jobs

Florida will lose out on 63,800 jobs by 2017 if it does not expand Medicaid, according to a new report released Wednesday by the White House.

Florida CHAIN, a Jupiter-based statewide health care advocacy organization, also said the findings underscore the need for expansion in the state, which has long had one of the nation’s largest populations of uninsured.

“States that have moved forward with health care expansion are seeing billions of dollars coming into their economy and the creation of tens of thousands of good jobs,” said Leah Barber-Heinz, CHAIN’s chief executive officer. “More importantly, working moms and dads, veterans and others in those states are able to get access to the care they need.”
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Sept. 29, 2014

Florida, Texas Expand Medicaid – For Kids

Florida and Texas were among 21 states required to widen Medicaid eligibility by this year for children between 6 and 18 years of age. A little-known provision of the Affordable Care Act is the reason, according to a Kaiser Health News survey.
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July 8, 2014

Judge continues suit against Florida over child health care

A federal judge refused Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges Florida provides inadequate care to children in its Medicaid program, despite state claims that privatizing the program will resolve many of the problems.
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Early 2014

New tiering formula hurts children’s hospitals

In 2011, the Florida Legislature passed a measure that redesigned a Medicaid reimbursement payment formula for hospitals. As a result, on July 1 every Florida hospital will be arbitrarily placed in one of three tiers, causing the state’s 11 children’s hospitals to be cut by $123 million.

Under the new formula, most of the state’s freestanding and embedded children’s hospitals in the Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals face unnecessary cuts. As shown below, that could amount to cuts of $12.8 million at Miami Children’s Hospital, $22.1 million at Shands
Children’s Hospital, $14.0 million at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and $30.7 million at Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial.

This Legislative Session, lawmakers must address and fix this seriously flawed tiered reimbursement scheme.
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The Affordable Care Act Gives Former Foster Kids Healthcare Benefits To Age 26, Though They May Not Know It

Rain clouds couldn’t spoil Kenisha Anthony’s afternoon as she emerged from the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables on Saturday with an associate degree in social work from Miami Dade College.
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