Florida bill mandating ASC patient-safety survey moves forward — 5 insights

A Florida House of Representatives committee approved a bill that would require hospitals and ASCs to poll staff members about patient safety, WGCU Public Media reports.

What you should know:

1. Developed by the state's Agency for Health Care Administration, the surveys would include questions on whether staff members would be willing to undergo procedures at the facilities where they work.

2. Surveys would be designed to measure issues such as adverse medical event frequency, comfort reporting potential mistakes, level of teamwork among staff and patient-safety regulation compliance.

3. ASCs and hospitals would be required to report results to the state to be made public.

4. The State Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Council, which includes members from hospitals and ASCs, unanimously opposed the measure in December 2018. David Shapiro, MD, is among the opponents.

"Putting these out in the public domain would diminish our ability to use them to create that really important culture of patient safety to ensure that we take care of the patients to the best of our ability," he told WGCU Public Media.

5. Despite the council's opposition in December, Florida's Health Market Reform Subcommittee passed the bill by an 11-2 vote.

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