Work Comp Manual to go into effect January 1, 2016

The Florida Division of Workers' Compensation has finalized the 2015 edition of the Florida Workers' Compensation Manual for Ambulatory Surgical Centers.  The Manual will be in effect for all work comp procedures beginning January 1, 2016.

FSASC has met regularly, and sometimes weekly, with the Division since the first of the year when this Manual was first proposed.  We have issued dozens of pages of comments designed to improve the wording of the Manual to make it clear how we are to be paid. 


Governor's Commission discusses 24 Hr Care to Improve Healthcare Delivery in Florida                            

The Governor's Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding met with FSASC members yesterday, Aug. 12th, in Tallahassee to discuss ways to improve the healthcare delivery system in Florida.  FSASC Board Member Dr. David Shapiro described ambulatory surgery centers as a key part of healthcare reform and testified "in light of the many benefits ASCs have brought to the nation's health care system, policymakers should develop and implement payment and coverage policies that increase access to, and utilization of, ASCs".

FSASC Member Legislative Alert 5.28.15

The House and Senate will convene in Special session starting next Monday, June 1, and continue until June 20. They must pass a state budget before July 1 to avoid a state government shut down.  The main issues under discussion are tied to the spending of state resources and various issues left over from the Regular session.


2015 Session Summary

The 2015 Legislative session will go down in history as one of the most contentious and constitutionally awkward.  Although many bills passed and have been delivered to the Governor many more died as the session ended early resulting from deep disagreements between the House and the Senate.  Most of that disagreement was over Medicaid Low Income Pool (LIP) funding for hospitals and expansion authorized by Obama Care.  This will result in a June special session to resolve these and other differences.


FSASC Member Legislative Update 4.28.15

You may have heard already that the House Adjourned Sine Die about 1:15 yesterday afternoon, meaning they ended their part in the 2015 Regular Session.  

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