Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1884 By Senator Broxson 1-01744A-20 20201884__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the duty to notify patients; 3 amending s. 456.0575, F.S.; requiring a health care 4 practitioner to notify a patient in writing upon 5 referring the patient to certain providers and 6 hospitals under certain circumstances; providing 7 requirements for such notice; defining the term 8 “investment interest”; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 456.0575, Florida 13 Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (3), and a new 14 subsection (2) and subsection (4) are added to that section, to 15 read: 16 456.0575 Duty to notify patients.— 17 (2) A health care practitioner shall notify a patient in 18 writing upon referring the patient to a nonparticipating 19 provider for nonemergency services, as those terms are defined 20 in s. 627.64194(1), or to a provider, as defined in s. 641.47, 21 which is not under contract with the patient’s health 22 maintenance organization. Such notice must state that the 23 services will be provided on an out-of-network basis, which may 24 result in additional cost-sharing responsibilities for the 25 patient, and must be documented in the patient’s medical record. 26 Failure to comply with this subsection, without good cause, 27 shall result in disciplinary action against the health care 28 practitioner. 29 (4) If a health care practitioner has an investment 30 interest in a hospital or an entity that owns or leases and that 31 operates a hospital, the health care practitioner must notify a 32 patient, in writing, of the investment interest upon referring 33 the patient for nonemergency services to such hospital. For 34 purposes of this subsection, the term “investment interest” 35 means an equity or debt security issued by an entity, including, 36 without limitation, shares of stock in a corporation, units or 37 other interests in a partnership, bonds, debentures, notes, or 38 other equity interests or debt instruments. 39 Section 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2021.