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Policy Advisory Committee Meeting – 1/3

Health Care was the topic at last week’s Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting. Committee members had a robust discussion with Chamber member Hospital representatives regarding the 2019 Session.

House leadership has made it clear that expanded access to health care is a priority – a shared goal by many in the health care arena. However, ideologies differ – especially between the Florida House and Senate – on the policies needed to achieve increased access and address health care costs impacting Floridians and the state’s budget.

Recognizing these challenges and the health care landscape heading into the 2019 session, our Policy Advisory Committee discussed the following issues that may come up during session:

  • Medicaid Levels: The recurring cuts to Medicaid rates continue to hurt state safety-net hospitals. Also, the statewide Medicaid enrollment continues to fall (common during a strong economy), the hospital inpatient Medicaid spending by the State continues to decrease along with it. In short, hospitals need to emphasize that the State leave the Medicaid rates alone, if not increase them given that the current rates don’t cover anything more than 60% of hospital costs on average.
  • Certificate of Need: Florida relies on a Certificate of Need (CON) process to regulate the expansion of health care facilities to avoid the duplication of costly medical services and was supported by the Hospital members in attendance at our advisory meeting. CON requires health care systems to apply for state approval before establishing new or expanded services. Once again, there are anticipated efforts to repeal the CON process.
  • 24 Hour Ambulatory Surgery Center ASC Stays: Would allow patients, except children under 18, to stay past midnight in an ASC. This has been opposed by the Florida Hospital Association, arguing that the legislation would lower patient safety and quality of care standards.
  • Advanced Birthing Centers: This would create a new licensure program within AHCA to be known as advanced birth centers (ABCs). Health providers in ABCs would be allowed to perform outpatient cesarean section surgeries and administer anesthesia to women expected to have low-risk deliveries. There are little safety standards or oversight regulations included in past legislation.  There are a lot of patient safety concerns associated with this bill.

The Chamber supports reducing the cost of health insurance to the business community by increasing access to health insurance for all Floridians and legislation that gives our health care providers the infrastructure and regulatory environment needed to best serve our community. We will monitor the issues above as we work through health care policy at all levels of government.

The Chamber’s Policy Advisory Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month and is open to all members. If you’re interested in serving on the PAC please email klopez@tampachamber.com.

Member News 1/3-1/10

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Chamber Announces Selection of Corcoran & Johnston as Legislative Representative

Chamber Announces Selection of Corcoran & Johnston as Legislative Representative

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Corcoran & Johnston as the Chamber’s legislative representative before the Florida legislature and executive offices.

Corcoran & Johnston, founded by Michael Corcoran, brings an unparalleled commitment to delivering successful legislative results, adherence to the highest ethical standards and commitment to excellence.

“After an extensive interview and vetting process, it was clear that Corcoran and Johnston best aligned with the Chamber’s mission to advance policy that enhances our community by building business success in Tampa Bay,” said President and CEO Bob Rohrlack. “I am excited to partner with Corcoran & Johnston as we work to be the collective business voice that proactively, quickly and thoroughly advocates for pro-business solutions to issues facing our region.”

The Chamber’s 2019 State Legislative Agenda will monitor legislation in Health Care, Economic Development, Transportation, Workforce Development, Affordable Housing and Military and Veteran policy.

“We are at a critical point in our 10-year vision plan, Vision 2026, and a critical part of that plan is continuing to build upon our advocacy successes. I could not be more excited to engage Corcoran & Johnston to assist us with our strategic initiatives,” said Chamber Chairman Jamie Harden.

 

About the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is committed to serving our members and enhancing our community by building business success. The Chamber provides a greater return on investment and involvement by providing innovative leadership, inside access, influential advocacy and increased opportunities. For more information on the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.tampachamber.com.

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Member News 12/27 – 1/3

Member News

  • ChappellRoberts promoted from within while growing its account service and creative teams. The Ybor City-based agency promoted Kelsie Hall to copywriter and hired art director Lea Doyle, account executive Brad Larino and assistant account executives Melissa Martinez and Adam Twining.
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa opened a new L Bar and a new casino section on December 21st.
  • Tampa Downtown Partnership announced the appointment of Lynda Remund as President and CEO of the Tampa Downtown Partnership  effective January 1, 2019.
  • The Henry B. Plant Museum announced a new exhibit, Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition- opening January 18th

Member Events

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Member News 12/13 – 12/20

Member News

  • Tampa Downtown Partnership announced the appointment of Lynda Remund as President and CEO of the Tampa Downtown Partnership  effective January 1, 2019.
  • ChappellRoberts promoted from within while growing its account service and creative teams. The Ybor City-based agency promoted Kelsie Hall to copywriter and hired art director Lea Doyle, account executive Brad Larino and assistant account executives Melissa Martinez and Adam Twining.

Member Events

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Member News 11/29 – 12/6

Member News

  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that Elizabeth R. Brusa joined the firm’s Tampa office as an associate in the Banking and Financial Services Practice Group.
  • CBIZ, Inc. announced that Anthony Phillips, practice lead of the Tampa Bay Forensic & Financial Services Department, has been accepted into the Forensic & Business Valuation Division of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Foundation.
  • Florida Polytechnic University Foundation announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors, broadening its reach to the south and southwest Florida regions. Joining the Board are Ivette A. O’Doski, a Miami-Dade native and owner of a government consulting company, and Joshua McCoy, an expert in commercial, industrial and government banking.
  • Saint Leo University celebrates 20th Anniversary of offering online education.
  • ServisFirst Bank earned the exclusive national endorsement by American Bankers Association (ABA) as the new agent credit card program for ABA.
  • The Great Escape Room in downtown Tampa announced the opening of its newest and largest experience, Escape the Colosseum.

Member Events

  • December 1 – 23 – Victorian Christmas Stroll held at the Henry B. Plant Museum
  • December 7- Tampa Bay Suncoast PCC Holiday Breakfast, Educational workshop & Recognition event
  • December 7- Memorial Hospital of Tampas Holiday Bazaar on December 7 from 11 am to 3 pm in the breezeway between the hospital parking lot and the hospital at 2901 Swann Avenue
  • December 11- Dignity Memorials– Meet and Greet event
  • December 11- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Topping Out Ceremony- celebrating $700 million expansion
  • December 16- Glazer Children’s Museum Nutcracker Tea

Member Job Openings

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