Florida Senate - 2017 SB 62 By Senator Bean 4-00013A-17 201762__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to pediatric cardiac care in the 3 Children’s Medical Services program; creating s. 4 391.224, F.S.; providing legislative findings and 5 intent; creating the Pediatric Cardiac Care Advisory 6 Council within the Department of Health; specifying 7 the council membership; providing for election of the 8 council chair and vice chair; providing for per diem 9 and travel expenses; specifying the duties of the 10 council; requiring the State Surgeon General to 11 designate certain facilities as Pediatric and 12 Congenital Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence; 13 establishing prerequisites for the designation of a 14 facility as a center of excellence; requiring that the 15 council provide an annual report to the Governor, the 16 Legislature, and the State Surgeon General; requiring 17 the department to develop rules relating to pediatric 18 cardiac care and facilities in the program; 19 authorizing the department to adopt rules relating to 20 the council and the designation of facilities as 21 Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Centers of 22 Excellence; reauthorizing specified rules relating to 23 pediatric cardiac services and facilities; providing 24 an effective date. 25 26 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 27 28 Section 1. Section 391.224, Florida Statutes, is created to 29 read: 30 391.224 Pediatric Cardiac Care Advisory Council.— 31 (1) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT.—The Legislature finds 32 significant benefits in the continued coordination of the 33 activities of state agencies regarding the delivery of pediatric 34 cardiac care in this state. It is the intent of the Legislature 35 that the Department of Health and its cardiac consultants and 36 the Agency for Health Care Administration maintain their long 37 standing interagency teams and agreements to support the 38 coordinated development and adoption of guidelines, standards, 39 and rules under the agencies’ existing statutory authority for 40 the state pediatric cardiac care system to ensure the necessary 41 continuum of care for pediatric cardiac patients. The 42 Legislature also intends that the department take the lead in 43 this process. 44 (2) ESTABLISHMENT OF PEDIATRIC CARDIAC CARE ADVISORY 45 COUNCIL.—The Pediatric Cardiac Care Advisory Council, an 46 advisory council as defined in s. 20.03, is created within the 47 department to advise it on the delivery of all types of cardiac 48 care to children and adults with congenital heart disease. The 49 council is subject to s. 20.052. 50 (a) The council shall be composed of no more than 13 voting 51 members with technical expertise in cardiac medicine, appointed 52 by the State Surgeon General for staggered terms of 4 years. The 53 State Surgeon General may appoint an alternate member for each 54 voting member. An alternate member may participate in council 55 discussions and subcommittees but is eligible to vote only in 56 those instances when the voting member for whom he or she is the 57 alternate cannot cast a vote. An employee of the department or a 58 contracted consultant paid by the department may not serve as an 59 appointed or ex officio member of the council. Council 60 membership must include the following voting members: 61 1. Pediatric cardiologists or pediatric cardiovascular 62 surgeons nominated by the chief executive officers of the 63 following hospitals: 64 a. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. 65 b. Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando. 66 c. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. 67 d. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. 68 e. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa. 69 f. University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in 70 Gainesville. 71 g. University of Miami Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami. 72 h. Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville. 73 2. Pediatric cardiologists or pediatric cardiovascular 74 surgeons nominated by the chief executive officer of a hospital 75 that holds a current certificate of need for a pediatric cardiac 76 program and that meets state and national standards as 77 recommended by the council following an onsite visit by a panel 78 from the council. 79 3. Two physicians who are pediatric cardiologists or 80 subspecialists with expertise in congenital heart disease; who 81 are not associated with a facility otherwise represented by a 82 voting member of the council; and who are appointed in 83 consultation with the Deputy Secretary for Children’s Medical 84 Services and the Director of Children’s Medical Services. 85 4. A community physician who has ongoing involvement with 86 and special interest in the treatment of children with heart 87 disease and who is not associated with a facility represented in 88 the membership of the council pursuant to subparagraph 1. or 89 subparagraph 2. or a community-based medical internist who has 90 experience in treating adults with congenital heart disease. 91 Appointment of a community physician shall be made in 92 consultation with the Deputy Secretary for Children’s Medical 93 Services and the Director of Children’s Medical Services. 94 95 Appointments made under subparagraphs 1. and 2. are contingent 96 on the nominating hospital’s maintenance of pediatric 97 certificates of need and the hospital’s compliance with the 98 state and national standards identified by the council in 99 exercising its duties under subparagraph (f)5. A member whose 100 hospital fails to maintain such certificates or comply with such 101 standards during his or her term, as determined by the State 102 Surgeon General, may serve only in an advisory capacity as a 103 nonvoting member until such time as the maintenance of such 104 certificates and compliance with such standards are restored. 105 (b) The State Surgeon General may appoint nonvoting, 106 advisory members to the council in consultation with the Deputy 107 Secretary for Children’s Medical Services and the Director of 108 Children’s Medical Services. Such members may participate in 109 council discussions and subcommittees created by the council. 110 (c) The chair and vice chair of the council shall be 111 elected by the council members to 2-year terms and may not serve 112 more than two consecutive terms. 113 (d) The council shall meet upon the call of the chair or 114 two or more voting members or upon the call of the State Surgeon 115 General, but must meet at least quarterly. Council meetings must 116 be conducted by teleconference or through other electronic means 117 when feasible. 118 (e) Council members shall serve without compensation, but 119 are entitled to reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses 120 in accordance with s. 112.061. 121 (f) The duties of the council include, but are not limited 122 to: 123 1. Recommending standards for personnel, clinics, and 124 facilities that provide cardiac services to clients of the 125 department and the program and for the diagnosis of cardiac 126 conditions. 127 2. Analyzing reports on the periodic review of cardiac care 128 personnel, clinics, facilities, and diagnoses to determine if 129 established state and national standards for cardiac services 130 are being met. 131 3. Making recommendations to the Director of Children’s 132 Medical Services regarding determinations of whether reviewed 133 cardiac care personnel, clinics, facilities, and diagnoses meet 134 established state and national standards for cardiac services. 135 4. Making recommendations to the Director of Children’s 136 Medical Services regarding the intervals for reinspection of 137 cardiac care personnel, clinics, facilities, and diagnoses 138 meeting established state and national standards for cardiac 139 services. 140 5. Reviewing and inspecting a hospital upon the request of 141 the hospital, the department, or the Agency for Health Care 142 Administration to analyze its compliance with established state 143 and national standards for cardiac services. 144 6. Advising the department and the Agency for Health Care 145 Administration on all aspects of the provision of cardiac care 146 under the program, including rulemaking, and on all components 147 of providing care to adults and children with congenital heart 148 disease and children with acquired heart disease. 149 7. Reviewing and analyzing compliance by cardiac care 150 personnel, clinics, and facilities with the recognized state and 151 national professional standards of care for children with heart 152 disease. 153 8. Making recommendations to the State Surgeon General for 154 legislation regarding and appropriations for pediatric cardiac 155 services. 156 9. Providing advisory opinions to the Agency for Health 157 Care Administration before the agency approves a certificate of 158 need for pediatric cardiac services. 159 (3) DESIGNATION OF PEDIATRIC AND CONGENITAL CARDIOVASCULAR 160 CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE.—Upon the recommendation of the council 161 and the Director of Children’s Medical Services, the State 162 Surgeon General shall designate facilities that the council 163 recommends have met state and national professional standards of 164 care for children with heart disease as Pediatric and Congenital 165 Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence. The council shall 166 recommend measurable performance standards and evaluation tools 167 to be used in determining whether a facility qualifies for such 168 designation. The designation of a facility as a center of 169 excellence is automatically withdrawn if the facility no longer 170 meets, as determined by the State Surgeon General, the 171 performance standards that qualified it for such designation. 172 (4) ANNUAL REPORT.—Beginning in January 1, 2019, and by 173 each January 1 thereafter, the council shall submit an annual 174 report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker 175 of the House of Representatives, and the State Surgeon General. 176 The report must summarize the council’s activities during the 177 preceding fiscal year and include data and performance measures 178 on surgical morbidity and mortality for all the pediatric 179 cardiac facilities that participated in the program. The report 180 must also recommend any policy or procedural changes that would 181 increase the council’s effectiveness in monitoring the 182 performance of such facilities. 183 (5) RULEMAKING.—The department, in coordination with the 184 Agency for Health Care Administration, shall develop rules 185 related to pediatric cardiac care and facilities that 186 participate in the program. The rules may establish standards 187 relating to the training and credentialing of medical and 188 surgical personnel, minimum case volumes for facilities and 189 physicians, and data reporting requirements for monitoring and 190 enhancing quality assurance. The department may also adopt rules 191 relating to the establishment, operation, and authority of the 192 council and the process, performance standards, and evaluation 193 tools for designating facilities as Pediatric and Congenital 194 Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence. The rules relating to 195 pediatric cardiac services and facilities in effect on October 196 1, 2015, are hereby reauthorized pursuant to this subsection. 197 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.