December 12, 2017

Florida Senate backs overnight stays at ASCs

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

Under a bill approved unanimously December 5 by the Florida Senate Health Policy Committee, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) could treat patients overnight, the December 6 WUSF News reports.

Before approving the bill (SB 250), sponsored by Sen Greg Steube (R-Sarasota), the committee agreed to an amendment requiring the state Agency for Health Care Administration to work with state medical boards on adopting rules to ensure safe surgical care for children in ASCs. Under the amendments, no patient under age 18 could be kept at an ASC past midnight.

The Senate bill is similar to a House version (HB 23), which is ready to go to the House floor next month when the 2018 legislative session starts. However, the House bill doesn’t include the restrictions for children and would allow recovery-care centers.



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