As a former public policy official, I am deeply aware of the positive role that Jackson Health System plays in the economic development and quality of life in Miami-Dade County.
A push to make Jackson Health System into a nonprofit, which started last year with a grand jury report, has ended because the commission won’t support it, its sponsor said Wednesday.
After losing more than $400 million in the past three years, Jackson Health System’s leadership is again proposing a balanced budget — this time hoping for huge concessions from unions and the University of Miami.
An audit manager who served as a financial watchdog for cash-strapped Jackson Health System is accused of masterminding a payroll fraud plan that bilked $83,000 from the public hospitals using “ghost employees,” prosecutors said Wednesday, adding that the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.
To bring down health costs and ensure that insurers put patient care over executive salaries and profits, the Affordable Care Act requires plans to spend at least 80% of each premium dollar on direct health care- this is called the Medical Loss Ratio requirement. Policy holders and employers want to get the best value for their premiums and have an interest in making sure this part of the law is not side-stepped. If insurance companies do not spend at least the minimum percentage on direct patient care they have to give policy holders back the money they should have spent in the form of rebates.
Leaders of the Reaves center and another Jackson-run clinic — the Dr. Rafael A. Peñalver Clinic in Little Havana — complain that in its financial distress, Jackson has damaged primary care for the poor by cutbacks, elimination of pharmacy services and dental care, and forcing uninsured patients to go to Jackson Memorial to register for discount services before returning to the clinics for treatment. Jackson has also raised fees the poor must pay out of their own pockets for their care.
A military chaplain and church pastor brings her philosophy and goodwill to Jackson Memorial, comforting patients at one of the nation’s busiest hospitals.
Holtz Children’s Hospital, housed inside Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, isn’t lacking for national accolades. The hospital, which works with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is recognized as one of the largest training programs for pediatric physicians in the United States.
Carlos Migoya took over the helm of Jackson Health System, one of the nation’s largest and finest healthcare systems, on June 1 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Since then, the veteran banker has quickly and deftly begun the daunting task of steering the financially troubled system onto a sounder course and off the shoals of uncertainty. It is a challenge Migoya accepted with the support of the business community and 10 months’ experience balancing Miami’s budget.
The financially beleaguered Jackson Health System managed to limp through July, losing about $4 million in a month that leaders earlier this year worried would bring financial catastrophe.