Health care is going to be in a state of flux in Florida.
The Orlando Regional Medical Center has agreed to take the next step in its transition to a more centralized, privately run system.
Its board of directors will take up the task Tuesday, with the Orlando Health system expected to take over the job by July.
In the meantime, the center will continue to offer mental health services.
It’s a sign that the new system is on track to meet the standards of a nationwide standard, said Jennifer Rees, CEO of the Orlando Medical Center.
“We’ve had to change our care system in order to comply with this new national standard, and that’s the way we want to do it,” she said.
A similar transition was required for the National Institutes of Health.
At the same time, there are some challenges in getting all of the mental health workers on the same team.
Many mental health facilities are operating under a “two-tiered” system: one for people who need mental health care, and one for those who don’t.
For now, that’s left a lot of mental health professionals working on the former, while the latter are left to handle the latter.
The two-tiere system is different from the one that’s in place for the VA.
The VA has a separate team for mental health, while Florida hospitals have to coordinate their services with the state.
Still, there’s plenty of room for improvement, Rees said.
She pointed to the fact that Florida hospitals aren’t doing enough to help mental health patients transition out of hospital.
She said the mental hospital staffs are just starting to adjust to the new structure, but it’s clear they’re working hard.
We are moving in the right direction, she said, but there are still challenges ahead.
While there is some uncertainty, it’s expected to be relatively quick.
People have been asking me about this and I’m glad I can help, said Dr. James C. Jones, an Orlando physician who is the director of the department of psychiatry at the Orlando Regional Hospital.
The shift to a private hospital is expected to save the hospital about $1.4 million annually.
That’s the equivalent of about $400 per person, Reans said.
It’s not a lot, but the hospital has to be flexible.
But it’s also not a small savings.
The state’s medical malpractice insurance rate was about $6,000 in 2016, and the state’s total medical malclaims bill is about $11 billion.
That number includes all costs associated with care and is expected increase to about $18 billion in 2020, Reeds said.
The health system will pay a much higher rate than the VA, but that’s because of the way the hospital’s care works, Reives said.
It’s more centralized than the hospital, and it’s managed by a team of doctors.
The system is so well managed, the hospital doesn’t have to hire a nurse to help with people with mental illness.
And the hospital is able to pay its own bills, which is more than the state can.
The transition will likely take several years, but Rees expects to see the change in the medical care system within a few years.
The hospital will take over from the VA in 2020 and will remain a state-owned facility until 2028.