Florida - 2017 Legislation

HB 7

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Revises & deletes certain provisions relating to local health councils, rural hospitals, health facility licensing, & certificates of need; provides duties of AHCA & DOH.

Status

Filed 2/16, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcom. 2/20, Favorable report 3/7, Referred to Health & Human Services 3/8. Added to HHS Committee agenda 4/4.Passed House 75-42 , Referred Senate Health Policy; Rules 4/20. Indefinitely postponed, Died in Health Policy on 5/5.

AmSA Position

Oppose. Quality care for our most vulnerable citizens is vital to AmSA and eliminating the FL CON process could jeopardize the care our senior citizens receive from a skilled nursing home workforce.

SB 676

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Availability of Health Care Services; Repealing provisions relating to the issuance of certificates of need by the Agency for Health Care Administration; establishing local health councils as public or private nonprofit agencies serving the counties of certain districts; removing a requirement that hospitals must submit certain data related to certificate-of-need reviews; removing a requirement that the agency adopt by rule a process by which a rural hospital may deactivate general hospital beds.

Status

Filed 2/3, Referred to Health Policy, Appropriations Sub Com HHS 2/16, Introduced 3/7. Indefinitely postponed Died in Heath Policy 5/5.

AmSA Position

Oppose. Quality care for our most vulnerable citizens is vital to AmSA and eliminating the FL CON process could jeopardize the care our senior citizens receive from a skilled workforce in nursing homes.

SB 682

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Revises parameters relating to the establishment of the Medicaid program; revising exemptions from the mandatory enrollment of Medicaid recipients in Medicaid managed care; revising eligibility criteria for the long-term care managed care program to conform to exemptions; revising parameters under which a long-term care managed care plan must contract with nursing homes & hospices.

Status

Filed 2/10, Referred to Health Policy 2/16, Introduced 3/7. Referred to Health Policy Committee 3/22, Comm Substitute Health Policy passed 6-1, Referred to Appropriations Sub Comm 3/27.Passed HHS subcommittee 8-0 on 4/13, Sent to Appropriations Committee 4/17, Passed Appropriations Committee 18-0. Indefinitely postponed in committee, Died on calendar.

AmSA Position

Support We are concerned that the lack of uniformity of policies and standards create burdens for nursing home operators and residents. We want to ensure the lives of our most vulnerable citizens are not disrupted and our senior citizens receive the highest quality care they've earned.

HB 1059

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Authorizes AHCA to impose fines & other sanctions on managed care plans that fail to comply with payment of claims requirements; requires managed care plan that excludes certain providers from network to specify to agency criteria used to make such determination.

Status

Filed 2/27, Referred to Health Innovation Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee 3/6, Introduced 3/7. Died in Health Committee.

AmSA Position

Under review by AmSA legislative study committee. We are concerned that the lack of uniformity of policies and standards create burdens for nursing home operators and residents. We want to ensure the lives of our most vulnerable citizens are not disrupted and our senior citizens receive the highest quality care they've earned.

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