Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 050190
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File Number: 050190 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-272-05 Control: County Commission
File Name: SYSTEM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF TEACHING HOSPITALS Introduced: 1/25/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/1/2005
Agenda Date: 3/1/2005 Agenda Item Number: 10A1
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ENACT LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING A SYSTEM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF TEACHING HOSPITALS PROVIDING HEALTHCARE SERVICES TO INDIGENTS AND UNINSURED PATIENTS FROM OTHER COUNTIES
Indexes: HEALTH CARE
  HOSPITALS
  LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/1/2005 10A1 Adopted P

Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 2/9/2005 2D Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Commissioner Sosa, as sponsor of the foregoing resolution, relinquished the Chair to Vice Chairman Souto and discussed the intent of this proposal, which she noted provided for reimbursement of health care services provided by Jackson Memorial Hospital to indigents and uninsured resident of other Florida counties. Commissioner Souto pointed out that physicians practicing at JHS should be given sovereign immunity the same as other Florida counties. Chairwoman Sosa requested that the County Attorney prepare a resolution providing for sovereign immunity for healthcare providers at University of Miami/Jackson Health System. She also asked that this information be included in the County’s 2005 State Legislative Package. Assistant County Attorney Daron Fitch recommended that the resolution proposed by Chairwoman Sosa may include sovereign immunity for healthcare providers at Jackson Health System. Commissioners Diaz and Souto requested that they be listed as cosponsors on the foregoing proposed resolution. The Committee forwarded the foregoing proposed resolution as presented with a request that an appropriate resolution be prepared by staff providing for sovereign immunity protection to be extended to University of Miami School of Medicine doctors who have clinical staff privileges at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and to clinics operated by the Public Health Trust. In addition, the Committee requested that this information be included in the County’s 2005 State Legislative Package. (See Agenda Item 2F, Legislative File No. 050417).

County Attorney 1/25/2005 Assigned Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 2/9/2005

County Attorney 1/25/2005 Assigned Eugene Shy 1/25/2005

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ENACT LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING A SYSTEM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF TEACHING HOSPITALS PROVIDING HEALTHCARE SERVICES TO INDIGENTS AND UNINSURED PATIENTS FROM OTHER COUNTIES

BODY
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County's public hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, is one of the premier teaching hospitals in the United States; and
WHEREAS, many indigent and uninsured residents of other Florida counties recognize the superiority of the health care delivered at Jackson and endeavor to access such healthcare; and
WHEREAS, the cost to Miami-Dade County and the Public Health Trust, which operates Jackson, for healthcare services provided to indigents and uninsured residents of other Florida counties is subsidized by the taxpayers of Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, there is no statutory framework available to compensate or reimburse Miami-Dade County and the Public Health Trust for the healthcare services that Jackson provides to non-resident indigent and uninsured patients,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board urges the Florida legislature to enact legislation establishing a system for reimbursement of teaching hospitals such as Jackson Memorial Hospital for the healthcare services provided to indigent and uninsured patients who are residents of other Florida counties.
Section 2. The Clerk of the Board is directed to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the chair and members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs is directed to include this issue in the County's 2005 state legislative package.



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