72-Hour ‘Outpatient’ Stay?

A proposed bill that passed Florida’s House Health Care Appropriations Committee on March 24 would allow ambulatory surgery centers in the state to request a separate license to operate as “recovery care centers” and keep patients on site for up to 72 hours. Florida state Rep. Greg Steube says HB 7111 would allow young and otherwise healthy patients who require such surgeries as knee replacement to undergo them in an “outpatient” center rather than in a hospital. Federal payment rules prohibit Medicare or Medicaid patients from taking advantage of the recovery-care option, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration, so the service would be limited to privately insured patients.

Source: ASCA/Health News Florida