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The Florida Orthopaedic Society and Bones Society of Florida presents our 2017 Florida Legislative Session Preview webinar. Executive Director, Fraser Cobbe, sets the stage for the looming debates in Tallahassee that may impact the profession of orthopaedics in Florida.

Florida Legislative Session Ends with Most Major Health Policy Issues Failing

The 2017 Legislative Session came to a dramatic conclusion with many health policy issues remaining undecided and failing to advance. After several months of hearings and debate the failure to act means it is status quo for most of our priority issues.


Here is how we will mostly remember the 2017 Session:


Missed Opportunities


Several of our priorities passed one chamber or the other, but final agreement could not be made between the chambers to ultimately pass the bill.     This includes expansion of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, CON Repeal, Direct Primary Care and Retroactive Denials.   While we made major progress, these issues will be revisited next year.


Dodged Some Major Bullets

There were three issues that caused some concern but ultimately failed.   Workers Compensation reform passed both chambers but they could not agree on how to address attorney fees and facility reimbursement.  The House Bill would have cut ASC reimbursement in Workers Compensation drastically, without any increase in physician reimbursement.  We were pleased to see this measure die.   A bill to repeal PIP also failed.  We worked  hard to make sure if they repealed PIP it would be replaced with Mandatory Med Pay to protect the ER and on-call specialists.  Again, both chambers could not agree on an approach and the bill failed.   Finally, the Control Substances bill did pass but we were able to remove some potentially concerning language that would have restricted access to pain medication for legitimate patients and would have mandated additional physician education prior to the end of the year.  While we have significant concern with the use and abuse of controlled substances we were concerned about the unintended consequences of these proposals.




Below is a quick list of those bills that the FOS and BSOF was monitoring that either passed and failed. And I have attached two additional documents that summarize what happened.



Bills we monitored that passed:

HB 557 - Controlled Substance Prescribing -  this legislation shortens the timeframe in which a dispenser of a controlled substance (typically the pharmacy) must report dispensing from seven days to the end of the next business day. It also requires the dispenser to submit required reporting information via an electronic system approved by the Department of Health. In addition, the bill expands access to the PDMP database now to healthcare employees of the U.S. Veterans’ Administration to assist with their patient’s treatment.  The bill was amended on the last day to exclude a requirement for any doctor with a DEA number to complete an additional two hour CME course.

Bills we supported that failed:
Maintenance of Certification
Direct Primary Care
Ambulatory Surgery Centers/Recovery Care Services
Retroactive Denials
Fail First/Prior Authorization
Patient Protection from Formulary Changes
HMO Accountability

Bills we opposed that failed:
Personal Injury Protection Repeal
Scope of Practice expansions for ARNPs, Optometrists, and Pharmacists

Bills we monitored that failed:
Medical Marijuana
Workers Compensation
Patient Shared Savings

Click below to read a summary of the bills we monitored.

Click below to read a summary of all health care bills that passed. 





2017 Legislative Session

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Read summary of all health care bills that passed DOCX (19.8 KB) Administration 5/10/2017
Read a summary of the bills we monitored DOCX (17.81 KB) Administration 5/10/2017
2017 Legislative Session Update Webinar – April 10 Link Administration 4/19/2017
2017 FOS Legislative Update Text Summary 4-10.docx DOCX (18.78 KB) Administration 4/19/2017
Florida Legislative Session 2017 - 4-14-17 Upd.pdf PDF (389.41 KB) Administration 4/19/2017
Florida Legislative Session 2017 - Week 3 Link Administration 3/27/2017
2017 FOS Legislative Tracking Sheet(1).pdf PDF (94 KB) Administration 3/27/2017
Florida Legislative Session 2017 - Week 3 Upda.pdf PDF (185.74 KB) Administration 3/27/2017
2017 FOS Legislative Update Text Summary 3-24.pdf PDF (152.5 KB) Administration 3/27/2017
2017 Florida Legislative Session Update Webinar Link  more ] Administration 3/15/2017
2017 FOS Legislative Tracking Sheet.pdf PDF (93.21 KB) Administration 3/15/2017
Florida Legislative Session 2017 - Week 1 Upda.pdf PDF (178.8 KB) Administration 3/15/2017
2017 Florida Legislative Session Preview Webinar Link Administration 2/21/2017
Florida Legislative Session Preview 2017 plain.pdf PDF (251.55 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
Strike All that includes independent practice.pdf PDF (620.92 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
SB 232 Grimsley.pdf PDF (122.17 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
SB 222 Steube.pdf PDF (150.97 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
SB 156 PIP Repeal.pdf PDF (384.54 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
Draft Invitation for Danny Burgess 2-23-17.docx DOCX (272.61 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
aif-wc-task-froce-proposal-02-14-17.pdf PDF (148.41 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
2017 FOS Position Statement Summary Leave Behi.pdf PDF (156.47 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
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