By: Fred Segal
Florida Hospital Healthcare System, Central Florida’s largest nonprofit healthcare provider is close to a deal with Health First Health Plans to join forces to create a health plan for patients in the Orlando and Tampa areas. Health First is a Medicare Advantage plan that boasts over 60,000 Members. According to an article in the Orlando Business Journal, “enrollment is expected to start in Volusia and Flagler counties Oct. 15, with a three- to five-year roll-out plan.”
Mike Schultz, the CEO of Adventist Health System Florida Region, the parent company of the Florida Hospital Health System, says one of the purposes of creating this new plan is to “create a financial incentive for Florida Hospital to reduce admissions and cut down on emergency room utilization.” It is also expected that the new plan will create at least 200 new jobs for the region. The new plan will be called Florida Hospital Care Advantage.