Health care in Florida is a competitive market. Your patients have options when it comes to their insurance, doctors and medical professionals. The 2019 legislative session brought some changes to how Florida’s health care system will operate in years to come – are you prepared? Keep reading to find out what changed and how that impacts you and your patients.
Gov. Rick DeSantis signed 15 health care-related bills into law in June 2019. To view a complete legislative session recap, visit the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) Advocacy page. Two of these laws will change the way patients access health care, and they may have a big impact on the way you provide it as well.
As these new laws take effect, it’s important to take stock of your practice or office and make sure you’re prepared for the changes. Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself:
It’s important to research and learn about how these new laws may impact your business. Being educated on them yourself will help you communicate them to your patients.
There is a lot of misinformation out there. You should use trusted sources to get yourself up to speed. These include professional organizations, government branches and departments, and nonprofit advocacy groups. (We’ve put together a resource list below to help you get started.)
Consider the financial implication of these laws on your office or practice. If you need to adjust for the potential impact of these laws, it’s a good idea to get a head start. This could include allocating more money toward marketing materials and patient handouts or planning ahead for a potential dip or increase in patients.
Once you have a handle on the new regulations, you can plan for how you’ll let your patients and prospective patients know about them. This could include printed materials like flyers, mailings or handouts; updating your FAQ section of your website; or sending an email explaining what will change for them. Be sure to use clear, transparent language so that you’re understood.
This list can help you get started with your research on how health care deregulation and the Patient Savings Act may impact your office or practice.
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