Friday, March 31, 2017 12:34 PM

FSASC Member Legislative Alert 3.31.17

March 31, 2017 – HB 145 by Representatives Renner (R) Palm Coast and Fitzenhagen (R) Ft. Myers passed the Florida House yesterday by a vote of 79 to 34 largely along party lines with Republicans supporting the measure and Democrats opposing the bill. On Wednesday the sponsors successfully defended an attempt by Representative Diamond (D) St. Petersburg to amend the bill to impose a health care tax on ASCs that kept patients beyond midnight. The bill now goes to the Florida Senate. We are very grateful to the sponsors for their hard work and dedication to high quality cost effective care for patients.
Senator Steube (R) Sarasota has the companion bill which is waiting to heard in its second of three committees. It passed the Senate Health Policy Committee about a week ago with only one no vote.

Next week Senate and House Committees will take up two Workers' Compensation measures. SB 1582 by Senator Bradley (R) Orange Park and HB 7085 by Representative Burgess (R) Zephyrhills both attempt to reduce Workers' Compensation premium increases. HB 7085 was unexpectedly pulled from the House Commerce Committee agenda this week but is expected to be on the next meeting of that committee on April 6. FSASC has been opposing language in the House Bill that shifts Florida to a Medicare based payment system. 
SB 1582 is on the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee agenda for April 3 and currently only addresses attorney fees and long term treatment issues. Amendments are expected and FSASC has been fighting against attempts to include a shift to a medicare based payment system. We will need grassroots help on this issue. Be on the lookout for an alert with information about how you can help by contacting key legislators about your concerns.

Also of note this week, the House amended a bill to include language that would repeal Florida no-fault auto insurance program (PIP) and replace it with mandatory bodily injury coverage. A Senate version of that language by Senator Lee (R) Brandon, is on the April 3rd Senate Banking and Insurance Agenda.

Below are the key legislative actions being monitored by FSASC this week.

Top Bills

HB 0145/ SB 222    Relating to Recovery Care Services
Sponsored by Renner/ Steube

Description:  Includes recovery care centers as facilities licensed under ch. 395, F.S.;  Allows ASCs to keep patients 23 hours and 59 minutes until discharge.
Last Action:
HB 0145: Passed Florida House on March 30, 2017; 79 Yeas, 34 Nays.
SB 222: Favorable by Senate Health Policy Subcommittee on March 14, 2017; 4 Yeas, 1 Nays.

Up Next:  
SB 222: Headed to Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

HB 0375/ SB 1434    Relating to Patient Safety Culture Surveys
Sponsored by Grant/ Perry

Description: Patient Safety Culture Surveys: Requires AHCA to develop surveys to assess patient safety culture in certain health care facilities; requires submission of patient safety culture survey data as condition of licensure.
Last Action:
HB 0375: Passed by Florida House March 30, 2017; 81 Yeas, 31 Nays.
SB 1434: Referred to Health Policy Committee.


HB 7085/ SB 1582    An Act Relating to Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Sponsored by Bradley/ Insurance and Banking Committee

Description: Revises portions of the Workers’ Compensation program to adjust for recent legal decisions.  Creates greater clarity as to what constitutes a medial authorization by a Carrier.
Last Action:
HB 7085: Removed from Meeting Agenda of Commerce Committee on March 28, 2017.

Up Next:
HB 7085: On agenda of Agenda of Commerce Committee on April 6, 2017.
SB 1582: On agenda of Banking and Insurance Committee April 3, 2017.

HB 1195 Relating to Health Care Risk Managers
Sponsored by Miller and White/ Grimsley

Description: Eliminates the licensure of health care risk managers in Florida.  Requires that an ASC risk manager demonstrate competence by education and experience.
Last Action:
HB 1195: Passed Heath Care Appropriations Subcommittee on March 28, 2017; 13 Yeas, 0 Nays.
SB 1760: Passed Health Policy on March 27, 2017; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays.

Up Next:
HB 1195: Heath and Human Services Committee.
SB 1760: No Movement.