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Help Shape Florida's Health Care Landscape: Apply for the Health Care Innovation Council Today

Help Shape Florida's Health Care Landscape: Apply for the Health Care Innovation Council Today

Government Affairs & Advocacy

Governor Ron DeSantis is currently seeking applications for the newly formed Health Care Innovation Council, a groundbreaking initiative established by the Florida Legislature earlier this year. The Health Care Innovation Council, established through Senate Bill 7018 within the Department of Health (DOH), has a vital mission: to formulate recommendations aimed at enhancing health care quality across Florida.

As a representative of the home- and community-based services (HCBS) sector, your involvement on this council is paramount. Your expertise and insights are crucial in ensuring that our industry's pressing challenges and needs — including workforce shortages, caregiver burnout, technology adoption and integration disparities compared to other health care settings, as well as care coordination challenges — remain at the forefront of the council's discussions and recommendations.

In addition to its advisory role, the council oversees a revolving loan program, supported by a $75 million annual appropriation through 2035. These funds will empower the council to authorize loans under the program, further advancing initiatives aimed at improving health care quality and service delivery models.

As a council member, you'll collaborate with subject matter experts, explore innovative technologies, and champion best practices that can be implemented statewide (think of it as the health care version of "Shark Tank").

The council comprises both ex officio, non-voting members and appointed individuals. Governor DeSantis is currently accepting applications from individuals who meet any of the following criteria:

  • One employee of a health insurer or health maintenance organization with executive-level experience.
  • One employee of a hospital licensed under Chapter 395 with executive-level experience.
  • One nurse licensed under Chapter 464.
  • One physician licensed under Chapter 458 or Chapter 459.
  • One representative of the long-term care facility industry.
  • One resident of this state who can represent the interests of health care patients.

Ready to make a difference? Click here to access the application and submission instructions. Don't miss this chance to shape the future of health care in Florida!

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