Senate panel alters, passes public hospital sales bill

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A measure setting additional oversight and restrictions over the sale of public hospitals was approved by the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Monday after a strike-all amendment was offered to address some concerns stated by safety net hospitals via The News Service of Florida. Despite the changes, the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, still has concerns of the measure (SB 1568), saying local hospital boards should retain the authority to divvy up sales proceeds where they see fit. The bill would require that proceeds from the sale of a public hospital be divided between indigent care and law enforcement. The bill also requires a financial review by an independent auditor before a hospital can be sold. A House companion bill (HB 711) is also moving forward.

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