Bill to regulate public hospital sales

The Florida House and Senate Wednesday passed a bill that would increase scrutiny of public hospital deals by making the process more transparent, reported the News Service of Florida. If enacted, H.B. 711 would authorize the secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration to review potential hospital sales or leases. The bill came about as senate sponsors hope to avoid deals resembling previous ones that ran "amok," as Rep. Ed Hooper (R-Clearwater) called it, including the merger deal that never was between Adventist Health System and Bert Fish Medical Center when the Bert Fish board met in private deal discussions, the article noted. The bill is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott (R), a former hospital executive. Article