During the final days of the Legislative Session, language was added to an already controversial bill by Rep. O’Toole, HB 1159, to allow for two new trauma centers in the state.  A separate bill by Sen. Bean, SB 966, was amended earlier in Session to deregulate the application process for hospital trauma centers altogether; however, that bill ultimately died on the Senate calendar.  Opponents of that measure argued that deregulation would harm the trauma system by diluting the quality of care and making it harder for existing trauma centers to qualify for grant funding.  Thus, the limited exemption allowing for only two new centers is viewed as a compromise.  Additionally, HB 1159, as it was originally filed, allows nursing homes to bypass the certificate of need requirement in certain communities; more specifically, the bill will enable The Villages to build a nursing home without having to obtain approval from the Agency for Health Care Administration, which is generally required before health care providers can offer new or expanded health services.  Additionally, the bill will allow Miami Children’s Hospital to add ten beds to provide obstetrical services in certain high risk labor and delivery situations.