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Hospitals Fighting Worker's Comp Bill

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Hospitals are questioning a bill that will cut reimbursements involving worker’s compensation, the News Service of Florida reports. 

Business groups, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce, are rallying around the bill (HB 1351), saying it would save about $200 million a year. (Read more).

The latest hearing about rules overseeing Florida’s trauma centers could be delayed.

The News Service of Florida reports that St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa asked to hold off on the March 31 hearing about the Florida Department of Health rule that proposes how new trauma centers are identified and approved. The hearing comes as legislators also consider several heavily-lobbied bills over the issue that pits mostly non-profit facilities against centers owned by HCA Healthcare (read more).

And finally, the House Select Committee on Health Care Workforce Innovation unanimously back a bill doubling the number of physician assistants a doctor can supervise from four to eight, the Florida Current reports.  It also would allow assistants to prescribe medications. The next stop for the bill (HB 1275) is the Health Policy committee.