Florida Senate - 2014 CS for SB 992 By the Committee on Health Policy; and Senator Bean 588-03592B-14 2014992c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to infectious disease control; 3 requiring the Department of Health to convene a task 4 force to evaluate activities related to antibiotic 5 resistant bacteria; specifying appointments; providing 6 duties and responsibilities of the task force; 7 requiring the task force to submit a report, an action 8 plan, and recommendations to the Governor, the 9 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House 10 of Representatives; amending s. 400.141, F.S.; 11 revising the type of pneumococcal vaccine given to 12 nursing home residents; deleting obsolete language; 13 providing an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. The Department of Health shall convene a task 18 force to evaluate and make recommendations related to the 19 efficacy of state surveillance, mandatory reporting, public 20 notification, prevention, and response activities related to 21 antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The task force must include, at a 22 minimum, representatives of facilities licensed under chapter 23 395, chapter 400, and part I of chapter 483, Florida Statutes; 24 health care practitioners licensed under chapter 458, chapter 25 459, chapter 464, and chapter 474, Florida Statutes; a 26 representative from the Agency for Health Care Administration; 27 and a representative from the Department of Health. At least two 28 members of the task force must be certified infection control 29 practitioners. Members of the task force may be reimbursed for 30 travel expenses. The task force shall evaluate the list of 31 currently reportable antibiotic-resistant bacteria; reporting 32 procedures, including content and format of the reports; 33 notification procedures, including the modes and the network of 34 distribution; and response procedures, including coordination 35 with other departments and agencies of state government, county 36 and municipal governments, school boards, the Centers for 37 Disease Control and Prevention, facilities that may be affected 38 by an outbreak, and the public. The task force may evaluate 39 other issues it deems necessary and appropriate. The task force 40 shall submit a report of its findings and an action plan for 41 implementation, together with any recommendations of necessary 42 legislation, to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and 43 the Speaker of the House of Representatives no later than July 44 1, 2015. 45 Section 2. Paragraph (t) of subsection (1) of section 46 400.141, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 47 400.141 Administration and management of nursing home 48 facilities.— 49 (1) Every licensed facility shall comply with all 50 applicable standards and rules of the agency and shall: 51 (t) Assess all residents within 5 working days after 52 admission for eligibility for pneumococcal
polysaccharide53 vaccination or revaccination (PPV)and vaccinate residents when 54 indicated within 60 days after the effective date of this actin 55 accordance with the recommendations of the United States Centers 56 for Disease Control and Prevention, subject to exemptions for 57 medical contraindications and religious or personal beliefs. 58 Residents admitted after the effective date of this act shall be59 assessed within 5 working days of admission and, when indicated,60 vaccinated within 60 days in accordance with the recommendations61 of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,62 subject to exemptions for medical contraindications and63 religious or personal beliefs.Immunization shall not be 64 provided to any resident who provides documentation that he or 65 she has been immunized as required by this paragraph. This 66 paragraph does not prohibit a resident from receiving the 67 immunization from his or her personal physician if he or she so 68 chooses. A resident who chooses to receive the immunization from 69 his or her personal physician shall provide proof of 70 immunization to the facility. The agency may adopt and enforce 71 any rules necessary to comply with or implement this paragraph. 72 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.