HB 723-Relating to Maintenance of Certification
On Wednesday, March 15th, HB 723, relating to Maintenance of Certification, by Representative Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) and Representative Ralph Massullo (R-Beverly Hills) was heard by the House Health Quality Subcommittee and passed. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, stood in opposition of this bill.
This bill eliminates the requirement of physicians to maintain board certification in a subspecialty as conditions of licensure, reimbursement, employment, or admitting privileges. Currently, hospitals or private employers have the ability to require their physicians who may practice in a specialty field to hold and/or maintain such specialty certifications. As medical practices change daily, allowing employers this ability will ensure that these physicians have the utmost knowledge and skill pertaining to their specialty. Hosting top medical facilities, as well as world renowned specialty physicians, is one of the many things that brings people to Florida. We want our physicians to be on the cutting edge of their field and the only way to accomplish that is to continue to implement the requirement of maintaining certification.
HB 723 will now go to the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee to be heard.
AIF OPPOSES government mandates that regulate how private employers hire their employees.