Florida Senate - 2019                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 188
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Health Policy (Harrell) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 176 - 222
    4  and insert:
    5  in federally designated shortage areas, in otherwise medically
    6  underserved areas, or in rural areas. Strategies shall also
    7  consider the use of state programs, such as the Medical
    8  Education Reimbursement and Loan Repayment Program pursuant to
    9  s. 1009.65, which provide for education loan repayment or loan
   10  forgiveness and provide monetary incentives for physicians to
   11  relocate to underserved areas of the state.
   12         (g) Coordinate and enhance activities relative to physician
   13  workforce needs, undergraduate medical education, graduate
   14  medical education, and reentry of retired military and other
   15  physicians into the physician workforce provided by the Division
   16  of Medical Quality Assurance, area health education center
   17  networks established pursuant to s. 381.0402, and other offices
   18  and programs within the department as designated by the State
   19  Surgeon General.
   20         (h) Work in conjunction with and act as a coordinating body
   21  for governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders to address
   22  matters relating to the state’s physician workforce assessment
   23  and development for the purpose of ensuring an adequate supply
   24  of well-trained physicians to meet the state’s future needs.
   25  Such governmental stakeholders shall include, but need not be
   26  limited to, the State Surgeon General or his or her designee,
   27  the Commissioner of Education or his or her designee, the
   28  Secretary of Health Care Administration or his or her designee,
   29  and the Chancellor of the State University System or his or her
   30  designee, and, at the discretion of the department, other
   31  representatives of state and local agencies that are involved in
   32  assessing, educating, or training the state’s current or future
   33  physicians. Other stakeholders shall include, but need not be
   34  limited to, organizations representing the state’s public and
   35  private allopathic and osteopathic medical schools;
   36  organizations representing hospitals and other institutions
   37  providing health care, particularly those that currently provide
   38  or have an interest in providing accredited medical education
   39  and graduate medical education to medical students and medical
   40  residents; organizations representing allopathic and osteopathic
   41  practicing physicians; and, at the discretion of the department,
   42  representatives of other organizations or entities involved in
   43  assessing, educating, or training the state’s current or future
   44  physicians.
   45         (i) Serve as a liaison with other states and federal
   46  agencies and programs in order to enhance resources available to
   47  the state’s physician workforce and medical education continuum.
   48         (j) Act as a clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating
   49  information concerning the physician workforce and medical
   50  education continuum in this state.
   52  The department may adopt rules to implement this subsection,
   53  including rules to establish guidelines to implement the federal
   54  Conrad 30 Waiver Program created under s. 214(1) of the
   55  Immigration and Nationality Act.
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   58  And the title is amended as follows:
   59         Delete lines 3 - 4
   60  and insert:
   61         s. 381.4018, F.S.; requiring the Department of Health
   62         to develop strategies to maximize federal-state
   63         partnerships that provide incentives for physicians to
   64         practice in medically underserved or rural areas;
   65         authorizing the department to adopt certain rules;
   66         amending s. 456.013,