trauma centers

A dispute over cuts to hospitals is one of the reasons Florida lawmakers had to postpone their final votes on the new state budget to this week. It was finally approved and sent to Governor Rick Scott, where its future is uncertain. Health News Florida's Stephanie Colombini talks about those hospital cuts and other key health issues this session with Kathleen McGrory, health reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.

Certificate Of Need, Trauma Bills Die

May 8, 2017

Despite backing from House Republican leaders and Gov. Rick Scott, controversial bills that would have eased regulations on building hospitals and adding trauma centers died Friday night.

House Approves Trauma System Changes

May 1, 2017

With little discussion, the House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would change criteria for approval of new trauma centers in the state.

The House voted 93-24 to support the measure, sponsored by Rep. Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City. Hospitals and the Florida Department of Health in recent years have repeatedly tangled in legal battles about whether new trauma centers should be allowed to open.

Rep. Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City, has revamped his legislation on the state’s trauma centers. It’s not clear whether the House bill will make it through the Senate because the Senate’s legislation on trauma centers is already dead.

Judge Tosses Out Trauma System Plan

Mar 28, 2017

As lawmakers debate revamping the trauma-care system, a judge Tuesday rejected a plan by the Florida Department of Health that likely would have led to an increase in trauma centers across the state.

House Panel Backs Revamping State Trauma System

Mar 28, 2017

After years of hospital-industry legal battles about opening new trauma centers, a House panel Monday approved a bill that would repeal limits on the numbers of trauma facilities across the state.

Plan Would Scrap Limits On Trauma Centers

Feb 8, 2017

A Senate Republican on Tuesday filed a proposal that would eliminate caps on the numbers of trauma centers in the state.

Florida health care regulators are considering doing away with a rule limiting the number of trauma centers that can set up shop in each region.

Getting to a trauma center quickly can be critical, and in the Florida Keys, there are no trauma centers.

That leaves you the option of being airlifted out.   And that can cost you nothing -- or tens of thousands of dollars. 

But Monroe County is trying to make sure patients have the chance to choose that first financial option. 

For years, hospitals in Florida have been fighting over the right to add new trauma centers. That fight came to an end this week, as four new trauma centers opened in Florida: One in Miami, one in Sarasota, and two in Central Florida.

Health News Florida's Abe Aboraya spoke with WMFE's Morning Edition Host Nicole Creston:

NC: Historically, there’s been one trauma center in Central Florida, and that’s Orlando Regional Medical Center. But that’s not the case anymore.

Trauma Industry Fight Nears End

Jul 22, 2014
Tampa General Hospital

Florida's trauma drama could be almost finished.

With an appeal deadline passing Monday, the Florida Department of Health and hospitals owned by HCA Health Care chain appear to have prevailed after a three-year legal and political battle about approving new trauma centers.

The key point came last month when an administrative law judge upheld a rule that the department proposed for determining where trauma centers could be allowed across the state. Hospitals in the Tampa Bay and Gainesville areas unsuccessfully fought the proposed rule and then had until Monday to appeal.

Trauma Center Dispute Postponed

May 16, 2014

An administrative law judge Wednesday postponed until July a high-profile case that involves a challenge to the approval of a trauma center at Ocala Regional Medical Center.

The hearing, in a challenge filed by UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, was scheduled to start May 28. But Judge James H. Peterson III agreed to a delay because of another case that focuses on a proposed rule that the Florida Department of Health wants to use in approving trauma centers.

Trauma Centers Get Senate Support

Apr 29, 2014

The Florida Senate on Monday approved a bill that would ensure the continued operation of three disputed trauma centers, but it remains unclear if Senate and House plans will agree before the legislative session ends Friday.

The Senate tacked the trauma issue onto another health-care bill (SB 1354), which it then approved in a 33-3 vote. Meanwhile, the House has included a similar trauma care proposal in an omnibus health-care bill (HB 7113) that is far different from the Senate bill.

House Ready to Pass Health 'Train'

Apr 25, 2014

The Florida House appears poised Friday to pass a massive health-care bill that would ensure three disputed trauma centers remain open and give long-sought powers to nurse practitioners. In legislative parlance, such a mega-bill is called a "train."

The bill (HB 7113) also contains a bunch of other controversial issues, such as expanding the use of telemedicine, allowing pharmacists to supervise additional technicians and stripping the Miami-Dade County Commission of power to approve labor contracts at the massive Jackson Health System.

Bill Helping Pasco, Manatee Trauma Centers

Mar 25, 2014

A House panel Monday overwhelmingly approved a proposal (HB 7113) that would ensure the continued operation of three hospital trauma centers that are threatened by long-running legal challenges.

The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee voted 11-2 to approve the bill, sponsored by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, which is designed to keep open Blake Medical Center in Manatee County, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County and Ocala Regional Medical Center in Marion County.

Capitol: Workman's Comp, Trauma Centers

Mar 20, 2014

In an issue that is dividing major business groups and the hospital industry, a House panel Wednesday approved a proposal (HB 1351) that would change the way hospitals are paid for treating workers-compensation insurance patients.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Charlie Stone, R-Ocala, could save about $200 million for the workers-compensation system, which supporters say could lead to lower insurance costs for employers.

Disputed Trauma Centers Gain Support

Mar 12, 2014

In what one supporter called a "reset for the trauma system," a House panel Tuesday approved a controversial bill that would ensure the continued operation of three disputed trauma centers in Manatee, Pasco and Marion counties.

The 8-4 vote by the House Health Innovation Subcommittee was the first public decision in what promises to be a hospital-industry lobbying battle during this spring's legislative session.

Major industry players and the state Department of Health have been embroiled in nearly three years of legal fights about the approval of new trauma facilities.

Rifts Remain Over Trauma Centers

Feb 25, 2014

The Florida Department of Health appears ready to move forward with a new proposal about divvying up trauma centers across the state --- but long-running battles about the issue could continue in the courts and spill into the Legislature.

Department officials held a hearing Tuesday about a proposed rule that would determine how many trauma centers would be allowed in 19 separate areas of the state.

Talks Aimed at Healing Trauma Divisions

Jan 24, 2014

With a former Supreme Court justice shepherding the talks, negotiators Thursday tried to break through a long-running disagreement about how Florida should approve new trauma centers across the state.

Trauma surgeons, hospital lawyers and the Florida Department of Health's top attorney held a day-long negotiating session aimed at coming up with a rule that could play a key role in determining where trauma centers will be allowed to open in the future.