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October 9, 2017

AHCA Announces Panel Members of the Pediatric Cardiology Technical Advisory Panel
Panel will establish standards for pediatric cardiac procedures

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Today, the Agency for Health Care Administration announced the cardiology specialists and cardiac surgeons who will serve on the new Pediatric Cardiology Technical Advisory Panel (Panel). The Panel will fulfill the responsibilities outlined in Chapter 2017-151, Laws of Florida, signed by Governor Scott earlier this year. The Panel will develop procedures and standards for measuring the quality and outcomes of pediatric cardiac surgery programs in the state and make recommendations to the Agency on specific regulatory guidelines. Panel members include representatives from each of the state’s ten existing pediatric cardiology surgery programs, as nominated by the Chief Executive Officers of those hospitals, and three additional at-large members appointed by the Agency’s Secretary Justin Senior. The Panel members are:

William Blanchard, MD – Retired. Formerly Sacred Heart and Nemours Children’s Clinic - Pensacola
Mark Bleiweis, MD – University of Florida Health Shands Hospital - Gainesville
Eric Ceithaml, MD – Wolfson Children’s Hospital - Jacksonville
Eric Eason, MD - Golisano Children’s Hospital SWFL – Fort Myers
Kristine Guleserian, MD – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital - Miami
Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD – Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital – St. Petersburg
Stephen Langley, MD – St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital - Tampa
Jorge McCormack, MD MBA – Mednax Medical Group / Pediatric Cardiology Associates – St. Petersburg
David Nykanen, MD – Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children - Orlando
Frank Pigula, MD – Florida Hospital for Children - Orlando
Eliot Rosenkranz, MD – University of Miami Holtz Children’s Hospital - Miami
Frank Scholl, MD – Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital - Hollywood
Peter Wearden, MD – Nemours Children’s Hospital – Orlando

The Panel will convene in the fall and meet as needed to form their recommendations. The Agency has launched a dedicated webpage at: www.ahca.myflorida.com/SCHS/PCTAP to make available information about the Panel’s work, member appointments, and meeting information. Under Florida’s Sunshine Laws, all Panel meetings will be open to the public. Members of the public may also send questions and information to the Panel through the website.

August 25, 2017

AHCA Announces Call for Nominations to the Pediatric Cardiology Technical Advisory Panel

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) is issuing a call for nominations for cardiology specialists and cardiac surgeons to serve on a new Pediatric Cardiology Technical Advisory Panel (Panel). The Panel will fulfill the responsibilities outlined in a new law, Chapter 2017-151, Laws of Florida, signed by Governor Rick Scott earlier this year. The Panel is charged to develop procedures and standards for measuring the quality and outcomes of pediatric cardiac surgery programs in the state. The panel will make recommendations to the Agency on specific regulatory guidelines.

Panel members will include representatives from each of the state’s ten existing pediatric cardiology surgery programs, as nominated by the Chief Executive Officers of those hospitals and three additional at-large members to be appointed by the Agency’s Secretary Justin Senior. Additional eligibility information is outlined in the legislation. The Agency will accept nominations through the end of August and appointees will be announced in September.

The Panel will convene in the fall and meet as needed to form their recommendations. The Agency has launched a dedicated webpage at: www.AHCA.myflorida.com/PCTAP to make available information about the Panel’s work, member appointments, and meeting information. Under Florida’s Sunshine Laws, all Panel meetings will be open to the public. Members of the public may also send questions and information to the Panel through the website.

The Agency for Health Care Administration is committed to better health care for all Floridians. The Agency administers Florida’s Medicaid program, licenses and regulates more than 49,500 health care facilities and 43 health plans, and publishes health care data and statistics at www.FloridaHealthFinder.gov. Additional information about Agency initiatives is available via Facebook (AHCAFlorida), Twitter (@AHCA_FL) and YouTube (/AHCAFlorida).