Scott says 129 hospitals getting audited over contracts


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott's administration is continuing to ratchet up pressure on the hospital industry, with Scott saying Monday that 129 hospitals face audits related to Medicaid managed-care contracts.

Scott listed the hospitals in a letter sent to Attorney General Pam Bondi. Local hospitals that made the list are:

  • Flagler Hospital in St. Johns County
  • Kindred Hospital -- North Florida in Clay County
  • Lake Butler Hospital in Union County
  • Lake City Medical Center in Columbia County
  • Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center in Columbia County
  • Shands Starke Regional Medical Center in Bradford County
  • Memorial Hospital Jacksonville
  • Orange Park Medical Center
  • Putnam Community Medical Center
  • Specialty Hospital Jacksonville
  • UF Health Jacksonville

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration earlier this month said it was auditing 31 hospitals to determine whether their contracts with managed-care plans comply with a state law that limits payments to 120 percent of a Medicaid fee schedule.

AHCA last month requested that hospitals and insurers certify compliance with the law.

Some hospitals did not certify compliance by an Aug. 1 deadline, while Scott's letter said others "warrant an audit to verify compliance with state law because of the nature of the explanations they provided in their responses."