Grimsley to introduce series of high-profile health care bills

TALLAHASSEE — State Sen. Denise Grimsley told POLITICO Florida on Wednesday that she will introduce four high-profile health-care bills in the 2016 session. They will deal with certificate of need, prescribing privileges for advanced registered nurse practitioners, ambulatory surgical centers, and “direct primary care.”

The package sounds a lot like the priorities that the state House of Representatives advanced during the 2015 regular and special legislative sessions as an alternative to a Medicaid expansion which the Senate endorsed.

But Grimsley, a Republican from Sebring, doesn’t see it that way.

For instance, Grimsley said she has no interest in eliminating certificate of needs for all new hospital construction, as the House proposed last year.

Instead, she said, she wants to craft a bill that addresses rural hospitals. Specifically, she would like to change the requirement that a replacement facility be within one mile of the orginal facility in order to circumvent the…

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