Floridians to get health-care refund

Nearly 1 million Floridians enrolled in insurance through the Affordable Care Act can expect refunds averaging $65 because of a part of the law that requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of their money paying for health care, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced.

The agency announced that 981,273 Florida consumers can expect refunds or rebates that would arrive through checks, lump-sum reimbursements to accounts, reductions in future premiums or employer-arranged improvements in health-care programs.

"The 80/20 rule is bringing transparency and competition to the insurance market, ensuring that consumers are continuing to receive value for their premium dollars," Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell stated in a news release.

Shugart to lead CEO search

Valencia College President Sanford "Sandy" Shugart, who is vice chairman of Orlando Health's Board of Directors, was appointed Friday to lead the hospital system's national search for a new chief executive officer.

Shugart will lead a seven-member committee of fellow board members, through an eight-step process designed to select the best candidate for the position.

The committee's first decision was to hire Witt/Kieffer, as Orlando Health's search partner.

"Witt/Kieffer is a highly respected and well-known executive search firm," Shugart said.

Orlando Health's executive search is expected to take approximately five to six months to complete. Meanwhile, Dr. Jamal Hakim serves as the $1.9 billion not-for-profit, nine-hospital company's interim chief executive officer.

Records shared through email

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has launched a new health-care information sharing service through the Florida Health Information Exchange that will allow doctors and other health care providers to share patients' records through secure direct messaging.

Established with the help of Harris Corporation and Inpriva, the web-based email allows doctors to share patients' summaries from electronic health records, even to out-of-state care providers.

"This connectivity is important for Florida residents, especially those who travel or share residence in another state," said AHCA Secretary Elizabeth Dudek stated in a news release.

Y, obesity group launch program

The YMCA of Central Florida and the Obesity Action Coalition announced a new partnership last week that is aimed at educating the public about obesity, health and wellness.

Details of the programs still are being worked out, but they will include an upcoming health and wellness expo in September that will provide health screenings focused on weight, and information at area YMCAs regarding weight and why it matters to health.

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