2017 Florida Legislative Session
The Orange County Medical Society and Seminole County Medical Society are pleased to present our 2017 Florida Legislative Session update webinars.
Executive Director, Fraser Cobbe provides an update on the debates taking place in Tallahassee that may impact the medical profession in Florida.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Florida Legislative Session Ends with Most Major Health Policy Issues Failing
The 2017 Legislative Session came to a dramatic conclusion on Friday night with many health policy issues remaining undecided and failing to advance. The Legislature is due to return to Tallahassee Monday to approve the final budget, but it is not anticipated that they will address any policy issues. After several months of hearings and debate the failure to act means it is status quo for most of our priority issues. Below is a quick list of those bills that the OCMS and SCMS was monitoring that either passed and failed. And I have attached a more formal summary document below.
Bills we monitored that passed:
HB 557 - Controlled Substance Prescribing -this legislation includes a requirement to take a 2-hour online CME Course on appropriate opioid prescribing by the end of the year and every two years moving forward. If signed into law, our organizations will be identifying convenient and cost-effective course options for our members.
Bills we supported that failed:
Maintenance of Certification
Direct Primary Care
Ambulatory Surgery Centers/Recovery Care Services
Fail First/Prior Authorization
Patient Protection from Formulary Changes
Bills we opposed that failed:
Personal Injury Protection Repeal
Scope of Practice expansions for ARNPs, Optometrists, and Pharmacists
Bills we monitored that failed:
Patient Shared Savings
Click here to read a full summary.