CS/HB 49

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to certificates of need; amending s.
3408.0361, F.S.; revising provisions applicable to
4hospitals seeking certification as Level I programs;
5providing criteria for certification to provide certain
6Level I cardiology services; providing an effective date.
8Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
10     Section 1.  Subsections (4), (5), and (6) of section
11408.0361, Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (5),
12(6), and (7), respectively, and a new subsection (4) is added to
13that section to read:
14     408.0361  Cardiology services and burn unit licensure.--
15     (4)  In order to ensure continuity of available services,
16the holder of a certificate of need for a newly licensed
17hospital that meets the requirements of this subsection may
18apply for and shall be granted Level I program status regardless
19of whether rules relating to Level I programs have been adopted.
20To qualify for a Level I program under this subsection, a
21hospital seeking a Level I program must be a newly licensed
22hospital established pursuant to a certificate of need in a
23physical location previously licensed and operated as a
24hospital, the former hospital must have provided a minimum of
25300 adult inpatient and outpatient diagnostic cardiac
26catheterizations for the most recent 12-month period as reported
27to the agency, and the newly licensed hospital must have a
28formalized, written transfer agreement with a hospital that has
29a Level II program, including written transport protocols to
30ensure safe and efficient transfer of a patient within 60
31minutes. A hospital meeting the requirements of this subsection
32may apply for certification of Level I program status before
33taking possession of the physical location of the former
34hospital, and the effective date of Level I program status shall
35be concurrent with the effective date of the newly issued
36hospital license.
37     Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2007.

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