FSASC Legislative Update 2-07-2019

FSASC's physician Board Member, Dr. Shapiro, who serves as the Risk Manager for Red Hills Surgery Center in Tallahassee, made a presentation to the House Subcommittee on Health Market Reform yesterday. He was asked to present by the Chair of the subcommittee Dr. Pigman.

Go to 1:29:41 of the recorded presentation below from The Florida Channel.



FSASC Legislative Update 1-07-2019

Florida Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis has selected Mary Mayhew to serve as Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which manages the state's $27.6 billion Medicaid program.  Mayhew's experience includes leading Maine's Department of Health and Human Services between 2011 and 2017 and serving as the top Medicaid official to President Trump.  She oversaw Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she was responsible for the management of the $375 billion federal Medicaid program. 

FSASC is planning to meet with Secretary Mayhew and looks forward to working with her and her team.  



FSASC Legislative Update 12-12-2018

Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor-Elect, recently announced the creation of his health care transition team - Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness.  The committee is comprised of a diverse group of health care experts from a variety of different medical fields, as well as health care providers, addiction counselors ,and mental health professionals, in addition to current and former leaders of Florida’s health care system.  FSASC Board Member Dr. David Shapiro will serve on the committee.  

The group will meet over the next month to prepare recommendations for Governor-Elect DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Jeannette Nunez.  DeSantis has placed great importance on this transition team by appointing Lieutenant Governor-Elect Nunez to serve as Vice-Chair.  The first meeting will be held today, December 12.  The team is expected to break into subgroups to focus on various aspects of health care and human services.  

To view the full listing of members, click here.  

FSASC is thankful to Dr. Shapiro for his service on this committee.  


FSASC Legislative Update 3-09-2018

March 9, 2018 –The 2018 Legislative Session started out like any other with an emphasis on the policy priorities of Governor Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron.  Largely, those priorities focused on education, the environment, health care, taxes and the state budget. 

The Session began with scandal and ended with heartbreak. The early part of the session was defined by sexual harassment charges that caused a key member of the Senate to resign.  At almost the exact mid-point of the 60 day session 17 children and adults were killed and another 17 injured by a shooter at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Legislature understandably spent much of the last couple of weeks developing and debating a bill on school safety in an attempt to respond.


USA Today and KHN Story

Surgery Centers across the country were shocked on Friday, March 2, and over the weekend as USA Today and Kaiser Health News released an unbalanced and critical investigative report on ambulatory surgery centers. The investigative report, which eschews facts and telling both sides of the story in favor of an overwhelming emotional appeal of sympathy for patients who have died following treatment in an ambulatory surgery center. The sub-theme follows; that those patients would somehow have been better off having their care in hospitals.

FSASC is working with the national association to make sure that our members have access to a reasoned response to the article’s findings that will help your staff educate concerned patients or members of the media. The attached talking points were developed by ASCA specifically in response to the investigative report. Click here to view the original article.

Click here to view the list of talking points.

FSASC is here to assist members in dealing with any concerns that arise in this context. Please call us at 850.222.3000.

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