Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:34 PM

FSASC Member Legislative Alert 3.23.17

March 24, 2017 – Much of this third week of Session was spent in educating legislators and staff about the difficulty and problems for injured workers that will result from a change to Medicare-based workers’ compensation reimbursement proposed by the House. The House bill has been introduced as HB 7085.

Although there were no hearings, the ASC 23 hour care bills started to move into position for next week and beyond. The Senate removed one of the committee references for SB 222 by Senator Steube (R) Sarasota which means it only needs to go through two more committees before reaching the Senate floor. This was done after the bill was amended last week to remove the recovery care portion and leave only the authorization for a patient to stay at an ASC for up to 24 hours.

The House version of the bill, HB 145, by Representatives Renner and Fitzenhagen, passed it’s last committee last week and is scheduled for a vote on the House floor next week.

Thank you to all of the members that responded to FSASC’s Call to Action and contacted their Senators and Representatives to ask for support on these bills.

The Florida House Subcommittee on Insurance and Banking introduced an amendment this week that repeals PIP auto insurance and replaces it with required bodily injury insurance similar to that of many other states. HB 1063 by Representative Grall of Vero Beach has several Senate versions of this bill but none have moved during this early part of the session. FSASC will continue to monitor the situation.
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: Favorable by Health & Human Services Committee on March 16, 2017 13 Yeas, 4 Nays.
SB 222: Favorable by Senate Health Policy Subcommittee on March 14, 2017; 4 Yeas, 1 Nays.
Up Next:  
HB 0145: Vote on House Floor.
SB 222: Headed to Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

HB 0375    Relating to Patient Safety Culture Surveys
Sponsored by Grant

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: Favorable by Health & Human Services Committee March 16, 2017; 14 Yeas, 4 Nays.
Up Next: Vote on House Floor.

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:
SB 1582: Referred to Banking and Insurance Committee