Friday, February 26, 2016 12:34 PM

Legislative Update for 23 Hour Care, Transparency in Billing, and Balanced Billing

The 2016 Session continues to be one of the most intense in recent memory with a strong focus on health care and insurance issues. House and Senate leaders are trying to be more cooperative as compared to last session where they remained apart on several key budget and health care issues. Normally, for example, at this point in the session the Leaders would have come to agreement on big budget issues and they would be starting conference negotiations on resolving other budget differences. Because they remain apart on health care, taxes, education and business incentive funds, the budget process is being delayed


Two New Workers' Compensation Rules Completed

The Florida Division of Workers' Compensation recently completed work on revisions to the billing and reference rules needed to accompany the 2015 ASC Reimbursement Manual.  The rules are expected to go into effect in mid-January of 2016.

FSASC Testifies Against Payment Method Proposal

FSASC testified before AHCA last week in response to a proposed implementation of a new payment methodology using Enhanced Ambulatory Payment Groups (EAPG).


23 Hour Care Passes House Select Committee

FSASC members, Mike Madewell of Panama City Surgery Center and Angela Martin of Alliance Surgery Center in Lake Mary, successfully testified in support of HB 85 before the Florida House Select Committee on Affordable Health Care Access. HB 85, by Representative Fritzenhagen (R) Ft. Myers, would allow patients to stay in an ASC for up to 24 hours.


FSASC attends the D.C. Fly-In

As part of its long-standing involvement in federal advocacy, FSASC attended the ASCA Fly-in on September 29th and 30th.

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