Legislative Update 5-11-20
Federal and State Emergency Initiatives 5-8-20
Resuming Non-Urgent Care: On Monday, Governor Scott announced that non-urgent out-patient care and procedures can resume if facilities take environmental precautions, have a reliable supply of PPE, and perform patient and staff screening and testing. For the administration’s guidelines, go here.
Telehealth and Extending COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities: The health care association coalition advocated for an extension of the flexibilities provided in Act 91 through FY 21. This would give providers the tools they need to manage COVID-19 care through a long-term pandemic regardless of the state of emergency. The coalition also advocated to allow for audio-only telemedicine on a permanent basis.
The Senate Workgroup on Transition Challenges: This group of senators will begin working on recommendations on transitioning towards reopening the economy. Recommendations will focus on four areas: economic development, education, governance, and health care. The group is expected to share findings and recommendations with the greater Senate later this month.
Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact: The health care committees will be taking up S.125, the bill on the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact. The Rural Health Services Task Force recommended passage of this bill. VAHHS fully supports passage of the bill as a means of strengthening our health care provider workforce.
Physicians’ Assistant Licensure: The health care committees will be taking up S.128, a bill which eliminates the physician supervision requirement for PA licensure. As with the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact, the Rural Health Services Task Force recommended passage of this bill. VAHHS fully supports passage of the bill as a means of strengthening our health care provider workforce.