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Florida's Legislative Session is Underway

Tuesday, January 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bryan Campbell
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A Legislative Message from CEO Bryan Campbell:

Tuesday marks the beginning of the 2018 Legislative Session in Florida. As in past years, the Legislature will be looking at a number of proposed bills that could impact the delivery of healthcare in Florida.

Among the many bills that will be considered this year, the opioid crisis in Florida is perhaps the most critical topic that will come before lawmakers. Governor Rick Scott addressed this issue during his State of the State address this morning, saying that he wants to spend $53 million to fight opioid abuse.

The DCMS is taking a leading role in combating this crisis in Florida. The DCMS Opioid Task Force is bringing together physicians to address education and an implementation process for safe prescribing guidelines. In fact, representatives from the County Medical Society will be in Tallahassee this week to advocate on behalf of physicians regarding this issue.

The Duval County Medical Society will be following this and many other healthcare issues throughout the next two months. As always, we’ll be working to provide you with timely updates in every edition of your DCMS e-newsletter throughout the Legislative Session.

Should you have any questions or concerns about legislative issues, please feel free to contact me at bcampbell@dcmsonline.org or by calling (904) 353-7536.