Florida Senate - 2016                                     SB 378
       By Senator Bean
       4-00256A-16                                            2016378__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to a cardiac advisory council for
    3         children’s services councils; creating s. 391.224,
    4         F.S.; requiring the Department of Health to appoint a
    5         cardiac advisory council for specified purposes;
    6         specifying the duties and composition of the council;
    7         providing appointments and term limits for the
    8         council; prohibiting an employee of the department
    9         from serving on the council; prohibiting council
   10         members from receiving compensation; providing an
   11         exception for per diem and travel expenses; requiring
   12         council meetings to be conducted by teleconference
   13         where that capability is available; providing an
   14         effective date.
   16  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   18         Section 1. Section 391.224, Florida Statutes, is created to
   19  read:
   20         391.224Cardiac advisory council.—
   21         (1) The department shall appoint a cardiac advisory council
   22  for the purpose of advising the department on the delivery of
   23  cardiac services to children. The duties of the council include,
   24  but are not limited to:
   25         (a) Recommending standards for personnel and facilities
   26  rendering cardiac services.
   27         (b) Analyzing reports on the periodic review of cardiac
   28  personnel and facilities to determine if established standards
   29  for the cardiac services are met.
   30         (c) Making recommendations to the director of Children’s
   31  Medical Services as to the approval or disapproval of reviewed
   32  personnel and facilities. At the recommendation of the cardiac
   33  advisory council and with the approval of the director, the
   34  secretary of the department shall designate facilities approved
   35  under this paragraph as “Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular
   36  Centers of Excellence.” The designation is withdrawn
   37  automatically if a particular center no longer meets state and
   38  national professional standards of care for children with heart
   39  disease.
   40         (d) Making recommendations as to the intervals for
   41  reinspection of approved personnel and facilities.
   42         (e) Providing input on all aspects of Children’s Medical
   43  Services cardiac programs, including rulemaking.
   44         (f) Addressing all components of the care of adults and
   45  children with congenital heart disease and children with
   46  acquired heart disease, as indicated and appropriate.
   47         (g) Abiding by the recognized state and national
   48  professional standards of care for children with heart disease.
   49         (h) Making recommendations for legislation and
   50  appropriations for children’s cardiac services.
   51         (i) Providing advisory opinions to the Agency for Health
   52  Care Administration before the agency approves a certificate of
   53  need for children’s cardiac services.
   54         (2) The council shall be composed of 11 members with
   55  technical expertise in cardiac medicine. Members shall be
   56  appointed by the department for staggered terms of 4 years. An
   57  employee of the department may not serve as a member or ex
   58  officio member of the council. A vacancy shall be filled for the
   59  remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the
   60  original appointment. A member may not be appointed for more
   61  than two consecutive terms. However, a member may be reappointed
   62  after being off the council for at least 2 years.
   63         (3) A council member shall serve without compensation, but
   64  is entitled to reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses in
   65  accordance with s. 112.061.
   66         (4) Council meetings must be conducted by teleconference
   67  where that capability is available.
   68         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.