Florida Senate - 2016 SB 236 By Senator Grimsley 21-00333-16 2016236__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to certificates of need for rural 3 hospitals; amending s. 395.6025, F.S.; revising the 4 criteria for exempting a rural hospital or the not 5 for-profit operator of rural hospitals from the 6 requirement to obtain a certificate of need for the 7 construction of a new or replacement facility within 8 the primary service area; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Section 395.6025, Florida Statutes, is amended 13 to read: 14 395.6025 Rural hospital replacement facilities. 15 Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 408.036, a hospital defined 16 as a statutory rural hospital in accordance with s. 395.602, or 17 a not-for-profit operator of rural hospitals, is not required to 18 obtain a certificate of need for the construction of a new 19 hospital located in a county with a population
of at least20 15,000 but no more than 18,000 and adensity of less than 100 3021 persons per square mile, or a replacement facility, provided 22 that the replacement, or new, facility is located within 1023 miles of the site of the currently licensed rural hospital and24 withinthe current primary service area. As used in this 25 section, the term “service area” means the fewest number of zip 26 codes that account for 75 percent of the hospital’s discharges 27 for the most recent 5-year period, based on information 28 available from the hospital inpatient discharge database in the 29 Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis at the 30 Agency for Health Care Administration. 31 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.