Research and Markets: Orlando, Florida healthcare market overview - Florida Hospital, Orlando Health and other key players

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of HealthLeaders Interstudy's "Orlando, FL Market Overview" report to their comprehensive range of healthcare industry publications.

Florida Hospital and Orlando Health, which account for nearly 80 percent of local acute-care discharges, are collaborating on cardiac, surgical care and other quality initiatives. They are also battling to out-build and out-bid one another through major construction projects, acquisitions, and targeted geographic growth.

If access to capital tightens, free standing emergency rooms and outpatient facilities may emerge as a cost efficient alternative in medically underserved areas. Economic woes have also caused leading health systems, physician groups, and health plans to cancel managed care contracts in the past year. Employers may find more coverage options via Florida Hospital's newly licensed insurance company and through TrustMark, which offers self-insured plans that cover as few as five employees. In pharmacy news, watch for how the continued growth of e-prescribing in Orlando will affect the use of branded drugs, and how UnitedHealthcare's prior-authorization requirements on oral oncology drugs may affect access.

Physician employment is a strategic focus of the Orlando market's three largest health systems. Which of those players has created a new operating structure for its employed physicians? What major IPO announcement should help one leading health system strengthen its physician strategies? Are the days of the independent hospital numbered in this market?

Contracting disputes with insurers are making news in Orlando. Which health system negotiations went down to the wire with UnitedHealth Group? What carrier can HCA West Florida no longer count in its network?

Various stakeholders in the local market are facilitating access to prescription drugs. Which health plans have signed on to cover certain cancer-related clinical trial costs for patients? Which medical group is offering discount vouchers for prescription drugs, including injectibles? What national, urgent-care chain offers prescriptions for as little as $5?

Companies Mentioned:

  • UnitedHealth Group (UnitedHealthcare)
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Aetna
  • Florida Physicians Medical Group
  • Orlando Health Physician Partners
  • Florida Emergency Physicians
  • Physician Associates
  • JLR Medical Group
  • Florida Hospital
  • Orlando Health
  • HCA West Florida
  • Florida Health Care Coalition
  • Florida Small Business Resources

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KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  Florida

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Health  Hospitals