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Florida Health and Transition Services (HATS)

Welcome to the FloridaHATS Web site!  FloridaHATS is a collaborative initiative of the Florida Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan and other partners throughout the state.

Our Mission

To ensure successful transition from pediatric to adult health care for all youth and young adults in Florida, including those with disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special health care needs.

Our Vision

All youth in Florida will successfully transition to every aspect of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence.

Our Values

Youth and young adults will:

  1. Participate in decision-making at all levels, and be satisfied with the services they receive,
  2. Receive coordinated, ongoing, comprehensive care within a medical home,
  3. Have adequate private and/or public insurance to pay for the services they need,
  4. Be continuously screened to detect other conditions and prevent secondary disabilities,
  5. Access community-based systems that are integrated, collaborative, and organized so they can be easily used, and
  6. Will receive services that meet their physical, social, and developmental needs.

See Florida’s Strategic Plan for Health Care Transition in a one-page visual or in the comprehensive 2009 Task Force Legislative Report. For a complete description please visit our About page. >>

What’s New?

  • New condition-specific tools from the American College of Physicians are now available for the following subspecialties: general internal medicine (intellectual/developmental disabilities and physical disabilities), cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, nephrology, and rheumatology.  The toolkit includes transition readiness assessments, self-care assessments, and medical summaries customized from Got Transition’s Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition.
  • Updated in 2016:  Coding and Reimbursement Tip Sheet.  Got Transition and the American Academy of Pediatrics developed a transition payment tip sheet to support the delivery of recommended transition services in pediatric and adult primary and specialty care settings. It provides a summary of alternative payment methodologies and comprehensive listing of transition-related CPT codes and corresponding Medicare fees.
  • View this informative presentation entitled JaxHATS: A Model Medical Home for Youth & Young Adults Ages 16-26. Dr. Rita Nathawad and Dr. David Wood, current and former Medical Directors at JaxHATS,  describe the nationally recognized program’s development, operational structure, outcomes, and challenges. Presentation slides as PDF.

Feedback and suggestions to make this site as useful as possible are welcome.