THE WEEKLY CHECKUP: 67 BILLS --- BUT NO EXPANSION
THE WEEKLY CHECKUP: 67 BILLS --- BUT NO EXPANSION
March 8, 2019Christine Sexton
Hello, and happy Friday.

It's hard to believe it's been just three days since the start of the 2019 legislative session.

House Speaker Jose Oliva's interest in health care has this health-care reporter crazy busy. This week alone, the House Health Market Reform, Health Quality and Health Care Appropriations subcommittees approved 56 bills --- 15 substantive bills that impact policy and another 41 that contain local funding requests for health-care related projects.

Fifty-six. And the tally doesn't include bills that were considered by other committees that can impact health care.

While Senate President Bill Galvano hasn't made health care his top priority, the Senate also plowed through a number of health-care related bills this week. The Senate Health Policy and Children, Families, and Elder Affairs committees  as well as the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, OK'd a combined 11 bills.

That's 67 bills, all of which passed. And a Medicaid expansion wasn't one. But a cut was. More here.

Speaking of passing bills, lawmakers are poised to meet Gov. Ron DeSantis's edict to change Florida law and allow patients to smoke medical marijuana if doctors agree to order the weed. The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that appears to be the compromise between the two chambers.

The House is expected to pass the bill next week, and  DeSantis is prepared to sign it into law.

But it’s unclear how long it will take the Florida Department of Health --- which still is operating without a secretary --- to get the rules in place for smokable pot to become available for patients.

RULES

The Board of Medicine has proposed amending Rule 64B8-51.006, relating to the licensure and inspection of electrology facilities. More here.

The Board of Medicine is developing Rule 64B8-51.001 regarding applications. More here.

The Board of Chiropractic Medicine is developing Rule 64B2-13.004 regarding online continuing education courses. More here.

The Board of Physical Therapy Practice is withdrawing proposed rule changes related to dry needling. More here.

The Agency for Health Care  Administration has proposed amending Rule 59B-13.001 regarding quality indicators that managed-care plans must report to the state. More here.

AHCA has proposed amending Rule 59G-4.030 regarding Medicaid coverage for reproductive services. More here.

EMERGENCY

The state Department of Health this week issued emergency orders lifting suspensions of the licenses and certificates of Yolanda Pujula, L.M.F.T., License No. MT 2395; Rebecca M. Rios, L.M.T., License No. MA 37673; Terry A. Stamps, C.N.A., Certificate No. CNA 186495;  and Meghan K. McGrail, C.N.A., Certificate No. CNA 334290.

The state also issued an emergency restriction to the license of Brian Charles Stuber, R.N., License # RN 9275146.

WEEK IN REVIEW

— No clear results ...  Another year, another round of promises that health care costs could be contained if consumers across Florida just had more information. The question that remains is whether it will work. More than half-dozen “transparency” bills have been filed in the Legislature, with lawmakers eager to use them to hold down health costs. More here.

—Tele-taxbreak ...  Insurers could get tax breaks worth as much as $30 million and use out-of-state health providers in their networks under a House bill meant to champion the use of “telehealth” in Florida. More here.

—Marketplace competition ... Florida Blue’s Obamacare enrollment steady at 1 million after rival Oscar Health’s launch. More here..

—Sad ... Deadly deliveries: Maternal complications at Martin Medical Center double national median. More here..

—Where telemedicine is a pleasure ... Second Florida health system launches a telehealth deal with Publix. More here.

—14 years and gone ... The fallout spreads after Laser Spine Institute’s sudden closing. More here.

— Show us the  money ... UF Health seeks $10 million in state funding to upgrade trauma center, ER. More here.

—Headhunting ... NCH Healthcare System hires executive search team to find new CEO. More here.

—Fighting for firefighters ... Flores wants to help Florida firefighters fight cancer through insurance coverage. More here.

—Discovery ... University of Florida Health researchers discover molecule that impedes multiple sclerosis-like disease in mice. More here.

—Mother necessity ... Nursing shortage leads to new USF St. Petersburg program. More here.

—And even more  ... Florida Legislature eyes health care reform. More here.

CALENDAR

March 11

11 a.m.  The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a dozens of appropriations projects. Place: Sumner Hall, 404 House Office Building. Agenda here.

1:30 p.m. The Senate Health Policy Committee will meet. Place: Pat Thomas Committee Room, 412 Knott Building. Agenda here.

4 p.m. The Senate Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee will meet. Place: 301 Senate Office Building. Agenda here.

4 p.m. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will take up health-insurance related bills. Place: Pat Thomas Committee Room, 412 Knott Building. Agenda here.

March 12

8:30 a.m.  The House Health Quality Subcommittee will meet. Place: Webster Hall, 212 Knott Building.

1:30 p.m.  The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will meet. Place: Sumner Hall, 404 House Office Building.

2 p.m. The Agency for Health Care Administration will host a meeting on proposed changes to Rule 59G-6.025 regarding the reimbursement methodology for cancer hospitals. Place: 2727 Mahan Dr., Building 3, Tallahassee.

March 13

8:30  a.m.  The House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee will meet. Place: 12 House Office Building.

9 a.m. The Board of Massage Therapy will hold a conference call. Call-in number: 1-888-585-9008. Code: 508909666. Agenda here.

12:30 p.m. The House Health Market Reform Subcommittee will meet. Place: Mashburn Hall, 306 House Office Building.

3 p.m. The House will hold a floor session and is scheduled to debate lifting the ban on smokable medical marijuana. Place: House chamber.

3:30 p.m. The Dementia Cure and Care Initiative Task Force for the City of Sarasota will meet. Place: Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. Call-in number: 1-888-585-9008. Code: 600513360.

4 p.m. The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will meet. Place: Pat Thomas Committee Room, 412 Knott  Building.

March 14

9 a.m. The Florida Board of Pharmacy Compounding Committee-Lyophilization will meet. Place: Holiday Inn Orlando-Disney Springs, 1805 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista. Agenda here.

9 a.m. The House will hold a floor session. Place: House chamber.

10 a.m. The Senate Appropriations Committee will meet. Place: Pat Thomas Committee Room, 412 Knott Building.

1:30 p.m.  The Senate will hold a floor session. Place: Senate chamber.

3 p.m. The House Health & Human Services Committee will meet. Place: Morris Hall, 17 House Office Building.

March 15

8:30 a.m. The UF Child Protection Team will discuss administrative issues, review cases and discuss the CADR Action Plan. Place: 4539 Beach Blvd., Bldg. 4100, Jacksonville. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting Vicki Whitfield at [email protected] or [email protected], (904)633-0314.

9 a.m. The Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine Physician Certification Pattern Review Panel will hold a conference call. Call-in number: 1-888-585-9008. Code: 432162565. A copy of the agenda is here.

9 a.m. The EMS Advisory Council Legislative Committee will discuss the EMS state plan and goals. Join the webinar here.
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