Legislative Updates

2018 Legislative Recap

The 2018 Legislative Session proved to be another success for FSP.

FSP Legislative Update

We have been busy at work in Tallahassee in preparation for the 2018 Session which convenes on January 9, 2018. Legislators have been holding committee hearings since September and we have four more weeks in Tallahassee even before Session begins.

2017 Legislative Session Recap from FSP Lobbyist Amy Young

A recap of the 2017 Legislative Session provided by FSP lobbyist Amy Young

Support Bill HR 5721 on LCD

Please take action and let your representative know you support bill, HR 5721, and urge them to be a co-sponsor. Last year at this time the FSP was fighting draft LCD on special stains from First Coast Service Options, our Medicare carrier. This directly affects us as pathologists!

2016 Legislative Session Recap: Balance Billing Legislation Passed

After many years of negotiation HB 221 was passed with a unanimous vote in the Senate and a vote of 118-0 in the House. HB 221, which takes effect July 1, 2016, relates to out-of-network health insurance coverage and very well may materially alter how hospital based pathology groups conduct business. The bill applies to all emergency and nonemergency non-contracted, covered services rendered in a participating hospital setting.

'Balance Billing' Proposal Clears House Panel

In an issue watched closely by doctors, hospitals and insurers, a House panel Tuesday approved a proposal aimed at protecting patients from surprise charges when they need emergency care. The bill (HB 221), approved by the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee, deals with an issue known as "balance billing."

Balance Billing Hot Issue for 2016

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation will support efforts to limit what physicians can charge insured patients who seek emergency medical care from out-of-network providers.

Letter to FCSO on Special Histochemical Stains and Immunohistochemical Stains

The Florida Society of Pathologists (FSP), representing more than 350 pathologists in the state of Florida, appreciates this opportunity to comment on the draft Local Coverage Determination: Special Histochemical Stains and Immunohistochemical Stains (DL36324).