State Advocacy Priorities             

FHA's advocacy priorities are driven by our vision of providing high-quality, affordable health care to the patients and communities we serve. Through effective member leadership and participation, FHA strives to promote public policy issues at the state and federal level to make positive changes in Florida's health care environment.

Florida hospitals stand ready to work with our lawmakers to find long-term solutions to increase access and quality, while reducing costs to our state's health care system.

The information presented  highlights the major state policy and advocacy issues FHA will address during the 2018 Legislative Session.  Download the 2018 FHA Advocacy Agenda.

Health Care Coverage

  • Support proposals, federal or state, that would increase health care coverage for Florida's low-income, working individuals and families.
     

Medicaid Program

  • Support proposals to streamline administrative procedures in the Medicaid Managed Care program.
  • Support proposals to increase access, efficiency, transparency and accountability in the Medicaid Managed Care Program.
  • Support proposals to address emergency department use and readmissions.
     

Medicaid Financing

  • Maintain adequate Medicaid reimbursement rates for hospitals.
  • Support the Statewide Medicaid Residency Program to the full cost of medical residency slots.
  • Support changes to Medicaid outpatient rates to address reimbursement issues resulting from implementation of the Enhanced Ambulatory Patient Grouping System (EAPGs).
     

Quality and Patient Safety

  • Support legislation, including alternative payment models, that aligns with and promotes high quality and safe patient care.
  • Oppose legislation that would restrict the ability to establish minimum competency standards for employed or affiliate health professionals, including education, experience, certification and other qualifications.
     

Workforce

  • Support legislation that would allow all health professionals to practice to the full extent of their education, training and certification.
  • Support enhanced criminal penalties for persons who commit violent crimes against all health care workers and providers.
  • Support legislation that would prohibit the open-carry of firearms in hospitals.
  • Support legislation to increase access to health care professionals through implementation of professional licensure portability. 
     

Innovation

  • Support legislation that increases efficiencies in the delivery of care, including advancing the use of telehealth, telemedicine and telenursing technology.
  • Support proposals to establish coverage and reimbursement from insurers for health care services provided via telehealth. 
     

Certificate of Need

  • Oppose repeal of the Certificate of Need process.
     

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

  • Support mandatory Personal Injury Protection coverage for auto insurance by maintaining the current system or through a mandatory Medical Payment policy.
     

Transparency

  • Support initiatives to improve access to health care price and quality transparency information.
     

Worker's Compensation

  • Oppose legislation that would seek to address worker's compensation rate increases through reductions to provider payments.
  • Support proposals to increase administrative efficiencies in the worker's compensation system that lower provider costs.
     

Ambulatory Surgical Centers

  • Oppose over-night stays in ambulatory surgical centers.
     

Recovery Care Centers (RCCs)

  • Oppose the establishment of RCCs.
     

Mental Health & Substance Abuse

  • Support legislation to address service delivery gaps in mental health and substance abuse treatment.
  • Support proposals to increase funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment through the implementation of a Designated State Health Plan.
  • Support legislation to address the opioid epidemic and enhance care coordination for substance abuse treatment. 

Trauma

  • Maintain safety and quality standards as key determinates for designating new trauma center.

Emergency Preparedness

  • Support legislation to allow for automatic implementation of waivers to state law to ensure adequate access to care and facilitate patient movement upon declaration of a State of Emergency.
  • Support proposals to create specific shelter categories for the families of first responders, essential medical and emergency management personnel and for vulnerable pediatric populations. 
     

Medical Malpractice

  • Support proposals to address cost increases resulting from the removal of the cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice injury cases.
     

Pre-judgement Interest

  • Oppose legislation that would mandate pre-judgement interest awards on all economic and non-economic damages recovered in personal injury cases.