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Renner Again at Odds With Local Officials as His Recovery Centers Bill Gains Momentum

| December 5, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson, left, and Rep. Paul Renner, at October's local legislative delegation meeting. Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland, in the foreground, has voiced opposition, along with the city council, to a proposal by Paul Renner to expand the role of surgery recovery centers. (c FlaglerLive)

Sen. Travis Hutson, left, and Rep. Paul Renner, at October’s local legislative delegation meeting. Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland, in the foreground, has voiced opposition, along with the city council, to a proposal by Paul Renner to expand the role of surgery recovery centers. (c FlaglerLive)

In March the Palm Coast City Council voiced its strong opposition to a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner, who represents Flagler County, that would have expanded the use of surgical recovery centers. The expansion was opposed by hospitals, including Florida Hospital Flagler. Hospitals claim the standards would be less exigent in recovery centers. The bill later died.


As it has year after year, the bill has again come back from the dead. And Renner is its co-sponsor.

Ambulatory surgical centers could treat patients overnight under a bill approved unanimously Tuesday by the Senate Health Policy Committee. Bill sponsor Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, told the committee that ambulatory surgical centers are already “performing surgeries all day, every day” but patients usually have to schedule surgeries very early because they are required under current law to leave the same day.

“It’s allowing them (centers) to see more patients and keep them for that 24-hour period of time,” he said of the bill, noting that more than 30 states authorize ambulatory surgical centers to keep patients overnight. Proponents also say ambulatory surgical centers help reduce health-care costs.

Before approving the bill (SB 250), the committee agreed to an amendment that would require the state Agency for Health Care Administration to work with state medical boards on adopting rules to ensure safe and effective delivery of surgical care to children in ambulatory surgical centers. No patient under age 18 could be kept at an ambulatory surgical center past midnight if the rules aren’t in effect, under the amendment.

The Senate bill is similar to a House version (HB 23), which is authored by Renner and is ready to go to the House floor after the 2018 legislative session starts next month. The House bill doesn’t include the restrictions on providing health care to children and would allow so-called “recovery care centers.” Such centers would be able to provide post-surgical and post-diagnostic care to patients for up to three days.

Recovery care centers would not be authorized to provide intensive care services, coronary care services, or critical care services. The Senate in the past has opposed the creation of recovery care centers. Steube on Tuesday assured the committee that his focus is only on the ambulatory surgical center issue. “It’s my intention to not take the House bill,” he said. “It’s my intention just to get the 24-hour piece done.”

–FlaglerLive and News Service of Florida

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2 Responses for “Renner Again at Odds With Local Officials as His Recovery Centers Bill Gains Momentum”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is what happens when unqualified people are voted into public positions……..lalalalalalala Renner and Hutson need to work on cleaning up the corruption in this county and stop acting like they don’t know about it or see it, because we know otherwise.

  2. DRedder says:

    Why should this be opposed? Unless someone either Florida Hospital or Public Officials are or are not getting a kickback in favor of or against.
    The centers would be duly licensed and insured the eye of a gov’t watchdog just like Hospital care. It would not only creat but ensure more job opportunities, from ground breaking to janitorial positions and everything in between.
    Lastly it’s neither of those two elected officials jobs to curtail the bribe and Corruption that seems to sway the local politics that force us Property owners to often eat the shit sandwiches they force upon us. You don’t like that particular official (s) call the state attorney general to have oversight or vote them out.

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