Bill to promote cancer care in Florida advances
TAMPA - A bill aimed at attracting more business to Florida’s top cancer hospitals moved forward Tuesday in Tallahassee. The Quality Cancer Care and Research bill, designed to highlight cancer care in hospital marketing and advertisements, passed the House Health and Human Services Committee. The bill, approved last week by the Senate, now heads for a final House vote. The bill faced no formal opposition, though leaders at Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute questioned whether standards for the distinction were high enough. The bill’s initial language would have qualified 71 hospitals in Florida for the distinction.House sponsor Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, said the bill has been tweaked, better ensuring that a committee of cancer-care experts would develop “rigorous” criteria for the honor. “We want to make sure this bill does recognize the very best institutions,” he said.