Bills Flying, Dying as Session Ends

There’s a flurry of health policy activity as Florida’s 2014 Legislature comes to an end tonight.

On Thursday, the Senate didn’t budge on its ongoing opposition to giving nurse practitioners more authority.

The House proposals were stripped from the omnibus health bill (SB 7113) Thursday, the News Service of Florida reports. The same flurry of amendments also deleted broad provisions in a telemedicine bill, allowing out-of-state physicians the ability to practice without a Florida license.

Trauma centers fared better. The Senate backed an amendment that keeps three HCA Healthcare-owned facilities open, despite objections for older, urban trauma centers, the News Service reports. Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, proposed that an advisory committee review the trauma center issue and submit recommendations to Legislative leaders by Feb. 1, the Florida Current reports.

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