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FMA agenda: Florida’s doctors want insurance companies to get out of their way

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The Florida Medical Association released its legislative priorities for 2017; removing interference by insurance companies in doctor’s decisions about patient care is prominent on the list. “The FMA believes in promoting the highest standards of medical care, maintaining choice for patients in a free-market health care system, and preserving the sacred relationship between patients and their physicians,” the document says. “The best way to achieve these objectives is by advocating for public policy that establishes fair and transparent insurance markets, reduces…

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No. 1 priority for Independent Business group is commercial rent tax cut

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A 1 percent cut in the commercial rents sales tax tops the list of legislative priorities for the National Federation of Independent Business, the small-business lobbying group announced Tuesday. “In 2016, we’re focusing on giving back to our state’s economic drivers and helping clear the way for job creators to own, operate and grow their businesses,” said NFIB Florida Executive Director Bill Herrle. “As a result, tax cuts for small businesses are at the top of our list, and NFIB…

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Can health care pass when Medicaid is bogging down the session?

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Health care financing isn’t the only unresolved issue heading into the last week of the 2015 Legislative Session. A significant amount of health care policy — from what role advanced registered nurse practitioners should have in an ever-evolving delivery system to whether doctors should be allowed to override insurance companies and HMOs as they struggle to hold down health care costs — is still outstanding. Jacksonville attorney Christopher Nuland has been lobbying health care issues in the Florida Legislature and at state…

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Another healthcare train developing in Senate but medical tourism left behind

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Nursing bills are becoming healthcare trains in the Florida Senate. The Senate Appropriations Committee is poised to add two House healthcare priorities  to  CS/CS/SB 532, when it meets today: direct primary care and site selection for new veteran nursing homes or HBs 7047 and 7045, respectively. Both bills were developed by the House Health Innovation Subcommittee. The underlying bill is filed by state Sen. Denise Grimsley and it allows advanced registered nurse practitioners to order medications for patients in hospitals, ambulatory…

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House amends direct primary care bill to (almost) mirror new Senate healthcare train

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The House and Senate could be moving closer to agreement on a healthcare bill about direct primary care. The House Health Care Services Committee on Thursday tagged a strike all amendment onto its direct primary care proposal, HB 7047, to include “medical tourism.” The move makes the bill near identical to a proposed committee bill that the Senate Health Policy Committee Chairman state Sen. Aaron Bean unveiled at a committee meeting earlier this week, 7084, sans a provision in the…

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Senate unveils healthcare train that includes a priority House healthcare bill

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Less than a week after House Appropriations Committee Chairman state Rep. Richard Corcoran complained that the Senate wouldn’t consider any of his chamber’s healthcare proposals, the Senate Health Policy Committee will take up a bill on “direct primary care” when it meets Tuesday. The proposed bill –SB 7084 — incorporates the substance of HB 7047, which was developed by the House Health Innovation Subcommittee after conducting a lengthy workshop on direct primary care and how it works with physician supporters as well…

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