Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order 15-99 in May, 2015, creating the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding to investigate the role of taxpayer funding for hospitals, insurers, and healthcare providers. Nine Floridians were appointed by Governor Scott to serve on the newly formed Commission.
The Commission held fifteen public meetings (including two teleconferences) between May 20, 2015 and January 19, 2016. Mettings were conducted in a variety of healthcare markets around the state including at the Agency for Health Care Administration's offices and the Capitol in Tallahassee; the Florida Department of Health in Orange County and the University of Central Florida in Orlando; the University of South Florida (Tampa); Miami-Dade College (Miami); Jacksonville University (Jacksonville); and Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft. Myers).
The work of the Commission helped to create a new law in Florida to address the issues of cost and quality transparency, which became effective on July 1, 2016. The new law requires all licensed hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in the state to provide certain pricing and financial policy information to consumers. It also requires health insurance companies to provide a way for consumers to estimate their out of pocket costs for medical services, using the pricing information they receive from the facilities. A third component of the law also directs the Agency for Health Care Administration to work with a vendor to collect and publish information about the average payments and ranges of payments made to health care providers for common conditions and procedures; and to link the payment information to quality measures so consumers can make more informed decisions about their care.
To view the Health Care Transparency law, click here: http://laws.flrules.org/2016/234.
If you would like to report a complaint about the quality of care you or a loved one has received at a licensed health care facility in Florida, or feel that you have experienced price gouging by a licensed health care facility, you may call the Agency’s complaint line at: 1-888-419-3456. You may also file your complaint online at: http://www.ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ/Field_Ops/CAU.shtm.
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