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Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis

The Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis (Florida Center) performs several important functions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care services in the state and to support consumers in health care decision making. The Florida Center is responsible for collecting, compiling, coordinating, analyzing, and disseminating health related data and statistics for the purpose of developing public policy and promoting the transparency of consumer health care information through www.FloridaHealthFinder.gov. These data provide accurate and timely health care information to consumers, policy analysts, administrators, and researchers in order to evaluate cost, quality, and access to care.

The Florida Center also promotes the exchange of secure, privacy-protected health care information, the adoption of electronic health records among providers, and the use of personal health records by all consumers. The Florida Center is actively promoting the adoption of electronic health record systems through health information exchange, electronic prescribing and personal health records software in partnership with health care stakeholders statewide.

The Florida Center is also responsible for collecting adverse incident reports from hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, health maintenance organizations, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. The Florida Center works closely with facilities and regulatory agencies to assure that corrective actions have been implemented.

The Offices within the Florida Center are:

Contact Us or Order Data: We respond to requests for data from a variety of users, both inside the Agency and external stakeholders. If you cannot find what you need on these pages, or have suggestions for improvement, please use the contact information to let us know.

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Submit Patient Data

AHCA collects patient discharge data in accordance with Section 408.061, Florida Statutes, and Chapters 59E-7 and 59B-9.

If you have any questions about your data submission, please reference the Agency's Guide to Patient Data Submission. This guide is the central source for information on current data collection rules, XML schemas, reporting calendars, forms, audit dictionaries, submission instructions and data element descriptions.

For information and instructions on reporting data for discharges occurring from Jan. 1, 2010 onward please use AHCA Guide to Patient Data Reporting, Version_2 (2010) [4.07MB].

2010 Reporting

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Committees & Councils

The mission of the State Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Council (Advisory Council) is to assist the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis (Florida Center) in the Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) in reviewing the comprehensive health information system, including the identification, collection, standardization, sharing, and coordination of health-related data, fraud and abuse data, and professional and facility licensing data among federal, state, local, and private entities and to recommend improvements for purposes of public health, policy analysis, and transparency of consumer health care information.

The Advisory Council advises the Florida Center regarding the development and implementation of a long-range plan for making available health care quality measures and financial data available that will allow consumers to compare health care services. The health care quality measures and financial data will include, but are not limited to, pharmaceuticals, physicians, health care facilities, and health plans and managed care entities.

In addition, the Advisory Council advises the Florida Center in the development and implementation strategies for the adoption and use of electronic health records, including the development of an electronic health information network for the sharing of electronic health records among health care facilities, health care providers, and health insurers.

The composition and functions of the State Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Council are described further in section 408.05(8) F.S. and section 408.061 F.S.

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Technical Workgroups:

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