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Medicaid overhaul passed by the Legislature

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 13 2011

Heralding the most significant change in Florida's Medicaid program in at least 15 years, the Legislature passed H.B. 7107 and H.B. 7109

Physician tort reform proposals approved in the final week of session

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 13 2011

In the final week of the legislative session, two significant proposals providing additional medical malpractice protection for physicians and nonprofit medical schools, as well as a proposal requiring out-of-state physicians and dentists to obtain expert witness certificates in order to testify in medical malpractice actions, were passed by the Legislature

Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pauses on extension of statewide Medicaid waiver expansion.

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 3 2011

On Friday, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) received a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notifying the agency that CMS will not grant an extension of a waiver to expand the Medicaid reform program statewide

House and Senate pain clinic bills continue to evolve

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 18 2011

On Tuesday morning, the House Appropriations Committee adopted a strike-all amendment that, once again, substantially revises the House position on addressing the fraudulent prescribing of controlled substances

Senate Medicaid proposal passes out of its final committee

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 18 2011

After adopting 23 amendments, the Senate Budget Committee approved S.B. 1972 by Sen. Joe Negron, which will enact a comprehensive reform of Florida's Medicaid system

Comprehensive medical malpractice reforms advance in House and Senate committees

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 18 2011

Last week, several proposals providing additional medical malpractice protection for physicians, hospitals, and medical schools, as well as proposals requiring out-of-state physicians to obtain expert witness certificates in order to testify in medical malpractice actions, advanced in the House and Senate

Community-based care liability bill moves ahead in the House

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 4 2011

Last Monday, H.B. 1019, by Rep. Scott Plakon, passed the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee after significant pushback from children's advocates and trial attorneys

Bill prohibiting physicians from queries about gun ownership voted out of Senate committee after compromise reached

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 4 2011

A proposal to prohibit physicians from querying their patients about the presence of guns in their homes passed last Monday after a compromise was reached between physician and gun lobbyists

House sends Medicaid reform legislation to the Senate largely unchanged, while Senate continues debate in committee

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 4 2011

On Wednesday and Thursday, the House passed H.B. 7107 and H.B. 7109, bills which transition the delivery system for Florida's Medicaid program to statewide managed care

Senate rejects repeal of drug database and Gov. Rick Scott creates a pill mill strike force, while House dispensing ban bill advances

  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 4 2011

On Monday, the Senate Health Regulation Committee rejected an attempt by Chairman Rene Garcia to amend a repeal of the drug database onto S.B. 818 by Sen. Fasano. S.B. 818 strengthens a number of provisions related to controlled substances, but does not repeal the drug database