6 Proposed Legislative Changes Impacting Surgery Centers & Clinics

Here are six recently proposed and enacted pieces of legislation impacting surgery centers and healthcare clinics.

1. Hospitals protest North Carolina surgery center bill.

North Carolina hospital representatives have flocked to the General Assembly to lobby against a bill that would loosen the state’s certificate of need process for ASCs. The bill would make it easier for new ASCs to be built, and a provision in the bill would "prohibit hospitals from developing their own standalone surgery centers in North Carolina."

2. Florida Medicaid bill could require charges based on enrollment.
Florida Senate bill 7156 would change the way the state bills counties for Medicaid costs, and could cost some counties up to a million dollars. If passed, the law would require counties to pay the state based on the number of residents enrolled in Medicaid, regardless of whether they received medical care.

3. Indiana House approves tougher pain management clinic restrictions.
The Indiana House approved final legislation that increases regulations for pain management clinics. The legislation would give the Indiana attorney general new authority to review medical records at pain management clinics across the state without a search warrant and requires pain clinic owners to maintain a controlled substance registry.

4. Georgia to require pain clinics to register with the state.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that aims to regulate pain clinics. The legislation requires pain clinics to register every two years, and if they fail to do so, their owners could face felony charges.

5. Senate committee weighs drug safety distribution bill.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has released a discussion draft of a bill that aims to enhance the safety and security of drug distribution in the U.S. The goal of the legislation is to create an electronic, interoperable system for tracing drug distribution..

6. Pulaski, Va., zoning bill would give more control over pain clinics.
Pulaski Planning Commission has developed and recommended the approval of proposed zoning ordinance changes that would give Pulaski, Va., more control over pain management clinics. The ordinance would prohibit pain clinics from locating on the same parcel of land as a pre-existing pharmacy or operating within 1,000 feet of a residential district, school, day care center, nursing home, religious institution or another pain management clinic.

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