FSASC Member Life Safety Update 12.11.17

Codes and Standards Changes for 2018 to the Design, Construction and Maintenance of Florida Ambulatory Surgical Centers

On January 1, 2018 the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) will start enforcing the newest editions of the codes and standards adopted by the State Fire Marshall, NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code) and NFPA 1 (Fire Safety Code), 2015 editions, and the Florida Building Code 6th edition for both new and existing ambulatory surgical centers (ASC).

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Monday, December 11, 2017 08:34 AM

Final Order from FSASC Workers’ Compensation Rule Challenge
By Saul R. Epstein, FSASC President

December 11, 2017 - 2017 marks a year of tremendous work accomplished by the FSASC on behalf of our members. One of the most recent successes of the FSASC is contained within the pages of an 83 page Final Order document issued by Judge Elizabeth McArthur, Administrative Law Judge, State of Florida, Division of Administrative Hearings, on November 30, 2017. It concerns a matter the FSASC has been involved with, on behalf of FSASC members, for a number of years. Click the link below to view the Final Order.

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FSASC Member Legislative Alert 12.7.17

December 8, 2017 – The Legislature just conducted the final week of committee meetings prior to the January 9, 2018 start of the regular Legislative Session. It was a busy week that featured SB 250 by Senator Steube (R) Sarasota, passing the Senate Health Policy Committee by unanimous vote of the Senators in attendance. The committee did, however, adopt an amendment to the bill that would require the Agency for Health Care Administration to adopt rules prior to children being allowed to stay in an ASC past midnight of the day of surgery. If enacted all other patients would be allowed to stay for up to 24 hours based on the time of admission to the ASC.

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Friday, October 13, 2017 12:34 PM

FSASC Pursues Workers’ Compensation Protection in Court

10/13/2017 - FSASC appeared in court this week during the trial over the Workers’ Compensation Dispute Resolution rule challenge that it filed on behalf on the membership. FSASC has alleged that the rule proposed by the Division of Workers’ Compensation governing the Dispute Resolution process conflicts with the Florida Statutes and should not be allowed to go into force.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017 12:34 PM

New AHCA Incident Reporting System is Live

Below is the notice that was sent by AHCA. As of June 28, 2017, ASCs are required to use this new system when submitting adverse incident reports. To access the system and the user registration guide, visit the AHCA’s Office of Risk Management and Patient Safety website.

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