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New Report Signals Looming Shortage of 18,000 Doctors; Hospital Alliance Calls for Florida to Invest $38 Million to Train More Doctors
New research supported by the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida and the Florida Hospital Association, and conducted by IHS Markit, is sounding the alarm on a growing physician shortage fueled by rapid population growth alongside a steep cliff of physician retirements. The report states that if current trends continue, the projected shortfall in Florida would amount to 17,924 physicians by 2035. This shortage would mean patient access to primary and specialty physicians would only be sufficient to meet the needs of three fourths of the state’s population by 2035.

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2021 Kids Count Data Book Now Available

The 32nd edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book describes how children across the United States were faring before — and during — the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s publication continues to deliver the Foundation’s annual state rankings and the latest available data on child well-being. It identifies multi-year trends — comparing statistics from 2010 to 2019. In addition, the report shares data on how families endured the pandemic, sharing data from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.

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FACH Member Hospitals Among Top Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Once again, several FACH member hospitals have ranked in the top 50 among all U.S. children’s hospitals.

Hospitals and their rankings include:

Children’s Cancer Hospitals

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital – #45

Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery

UF Health Shands Childen’s Hospital – #7

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando – #40

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial, Hollywood – #49

Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital – #12

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando – #29

Wolfson Children’s Hospital – #44

Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM-Jackson Memorial Medical Center – #47

Children’s Neurology and Neurosurgery

UF Health Shands, Gainesville – #45

Pediatric Orthopedics

Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial, Hollywood – #32

Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville -#46

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando – #48

Children’s Pulmonology and Lung Surgery Hospitals

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital – #21

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – #36

Pediatric Neurology

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital -#46

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children -#49

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Florida Association of Children's Hospitals' Response to State's Healthcare Budget
Statement: Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals Response to Proposed Healthcare Budget Cuts

“The Florida Legislature recently released budget proposals that would result in significant cuts to hospitals, including a base rate reduction and the elimination of the Critical Care Funds. While both chambers have provided protections from these cuts to several specialty-licensed, or free-standing, children’s hospitals, the majority of children’s hospitals that exist within larger health care systems would experience disproportionately large reductions in inpatient and outpatient funding.”

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Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals Endorses Children's Week

“The Florida Legislature recently released budget proposals that would result in significant cuts to hospitals, including a base rate reduction and the elimination of the Critical Care Funds. While both chambers have provided protections from these cuts to several specialty-licensed, or free-standing, children’s hospitals, the majority of children’s hospitals that exist within larger health care systems wou

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School COVID-19 Closures Hurting Teens' Mental Health

According to Axios, hospitals have experienced a sharp increase in mental health emergencies among youngsters. Health professionals are concerned about the role social isolation has played on their mental and emotional wellbeing during the pandemic.

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Despair Deepens for Young People as Pandemic Drags On
The Commonwealth Fund's 2020 Scorecard on State Health System Performance

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. This is in context with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Best and Worst States for Children's Health Care 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to get worse, it’s more important now than ever to safeguard the health of America’s children. While children are less likely than adults to experience serious symptoms from COVID-19, they are still able to contract the disease and spread it to others. Children also may be less apt to practice good hygiene than adults, so now is a good time to teach them how to stay clean and minimize their chances of getting sicLuckily, around 95% of children ages 0 to 18 have health insurance. However, the high coverage rate hasn’t translated to lower health costs for parents. According to a recent study, health care costs have risen to almost twice their level in the 1980s. Some families can find relief through Medicaid or through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). However, many people who don’t qualify for government assistance will still struggle, especially in the difficult economic situation caused by COVID-19.

But it’s a different story in every state. WalletHub therefore compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key indicators of cost, quality and access to children’s health care. The data set ranges from share of children aged 0 to 17 in excellent or very good health to pediatricians and family doctors per capita.

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