Florida looks for consensus on new trauma center rules
Representatives from long-standing trauma centers sat down today with officials from new trauma centers in hopes of building consensus around the Department of Health rule that will determine how new trauma centers are established. Here is an excerpt from a story about the meeting:
The fight over who gets to operate Florida's trauma centers is far from over, but a marathon negotiating session Thursday identified some common ground the Department of Health says it will use to revise a proposed rule for granting new centers.
Long-established trauma centers have tried to limit the proliferation of new ones, which has led to dozens of legal and administrative challenges.
Many of the new trauma centers are at hospitals owned by the powerful for-profit chain HCA.
Both sides have criticized portions of the Department of Health's proposal, which uses a point system and a handful of criteria to determine if new trauma centers are warranted.
Thursday's negotiation session was intended to help build a consensus among stakeholders so the DOH could finalize its rule before an April 1 application deadline for new trauma centers.
"I don't think we're that far off," DOH general counsel Jennifer Tschetter said at the end of the seven-hour discussion.