Texas ASC Society Opposes State Bill Successfully
A Texas bill, opposed by the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society, that would have increased fines for healthcare providers for health code violations, failed to move out of the House Public Health Committee, according to a TASCS report.
The bill, SB 153, would have increased Texas Department of State Health Services fines from $1,000 to $25,000 per violation per day. Surgery centers, hospitals and end stage renal disease facilities would have been assessed the same fines. TASCS testified in opposition of the bill in may, arguing that the bill increased fines to ASCs and ESRDs disproportionately given the lower revenue stream these facilities have when compared with hospitals.
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