|1. Transparency - (HB 1175 can be downloaded here)
The notice that the Board of Medicine distributed concerning physician obligations due to the Transparency Legislation that passed this legislative session, HB 1175, can bedownloaded here
. The bill does take effect on July 1, 2016. A copy of the entire bill can be downloaded above. And a summary of the various impact of the legislation on different stakeholders in the system can bedownloaded here
As you will see, the impact of the new law for physicians primarily focuses on the provision of written estimates and financial policies when providing non-emergency care in a facility. However, Florida already has a Patient Bill of Rights that also requires physicians to provide a written estimate of charges upon request as well as other rights that patients enjoy. That language already in the statutes concerning a written estimate is as follows:
381.026(4) (c)(5) A health care provider or a health care facility shall, upon request, furnish a person, before the provision of medical services, a reasonable estimate of charges for such services. The health care provider or the health care facility shall provide an uninsured person, before the provision of a planned nonemergency medical service, a reasonable estimate of charges for such service and information regarding the provider's or facility's discount or charity policies for which the uninsured person may be eligible. Such estimates by a primary care provider must be consistent with the schedule posted under subparagraph 3. Estimates shall, to the extent possible, be written in language comprehensible to an ordinary layperson. Such reasonable estimate does not preclude the health care provider or health care facility from exceeding the estimate or making additional charges based on changes in the patient's condition or treatment needs.
That entire existing statute the comprises the Florida Patient Bill of Rights can be
.Our recommendation would be that you have one process in place to manage the provision of written estimates and financial assistance policies that meet these requirements of the current law as well as the new law, regardless of site of service.