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Home health agencies to be licensed; expiration of license; exemptions; unlawful acts; penalties.
Section 400.464, Florida Statutes 2004

400.464  Home health agencies to be licensed; expiration of license; exemptions; unlawful acts; penalties.--

(1)  Any home health agency must be licensed by the agency to operate in this state. A license issued to a home health agency, unless sooner suspended or revoked, expires 1 year after its date of issuance.

(2)  If the licensed home health agency operates related offices, each related office outside the county where the main office is located must be separately licensed. The counties where the related offices are operating must be specified on the license in the main office.

(3)  Any home infusion therapy provider shall be licensed as a home health agency. Any infusion therapy provider currently authorized to receive Medicare reimbursement under a DME - Part B Provider number for the provision of infusion therapy shall be licensed as a noncertified home health agency. Such a provider shall continue to receive that specified Medicare reimbursement without being certified so long as the reimbursement is limited to those items authorized pursuant to the DME - Part B Provider Agreement and the agency is licensed in compliance with the other provisions of this part.

(4)(a)  An organization may not provide, offer, or advertise home health services to the public unless the organization has a valid license or is specifically exempted under this part. An organization that offers or advertises to the public any service for which licensure or registration is required under this part must include in the advertisement the license number or regulation number issued to the organization by the agency. The agency shall assess a fine of not less than $100 to any licensee or registrant who fails to include the license or registration number when submitting the advertisement for publication, broadcast, or printing. The holder of a license issued under this part may not advertise or indicate to the public that it holds a home health agency or nurse registry license other than the one it has been issued.

(b)  A person who violates paragraph (a) is subject to an injunctive proceeding under s. 400.515 A violation of paragraph (a) is a deceptive and unfair trade practice and constitutes a violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

(c)  A person who violates the provisions of paragraph (a) commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083 Any person who commits a second or subsequent violation commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083 Each day of continuing violation constitutes a separate offense.

(5)  The following are exempt from the licensure requirements of this part:

(a)  A home health agency operated by the Federal Government.

(b)  Home health services provided by a state agency, either directly or through a contractor with:

1.  The Department of Elderly Affairs.

2.  The Department of Health, a community health center, or a rural health network that furnishes home visits for the purpose of providing environmental assessments, case management, health education, personal care services, family planning, or followup treatment, or for the purpose of monitoring and tracking disease.

3.  Services provided to persons who have developmental disabilities, as defined in s. 393.063

4.  Companion and sitter organizations that were registered under s. 400.509(1) on January 1, 1999, and were authorized to provide personal services under s. 393.063(33) under a developmental services provider certificate on January 1, 1999, may continue to provide such services to past, present, and future clients of the organization who need such services, notwithstanding the provisions of this act.

5.  The Department of Children and Family Services.

(c)  A health care professional, whether or not incorporated, who is licensed under chapter 457; chapter 458; chapter 459; part I of chapter 464; chapter 467; part I, part III, part V, or part X of chapter 468; chapter 480; chapter 486; chapter 490; or chapter 491; and who is acting alone within the scope of his or her professional license to provide care to patients in their homes.

(d)  A home health aide or certified nursing assistant who is acting in his or her individual capacity, within the definitions and standards of his or her occupation, and who provides hands-on care to patients in their homes.

(e)  An individual who acts alone, in his or her individual capacity, and who is not employed by or affiliated with a licensed home health agency or registered with a licensed nurse registry. This exemption does not entitle an individual to perform home health services without the required professional license.

(f)  The delivery of instructional services in home dialysis and home dialysis supplies and equipment.

(g)  The delivery of nursing home services for which the nursing home is licensed under part II of this chapter, to serve its residents in its facility.

(h)  The delivery of assisted living facility services for which the assisted living facility is licensed under part III of this chapter, to serve its residents in its facility.

(i)  The delivery of hospice services for which the hospice is licensed under part VI of this chapter, to serve hospice patients admitted to its service.

(j)  A hospital that provides services for which it is licensed under chapter 395.

(k)  The delivery of community residential services for which the community residential home is licensed under chapter 419, to serve the residents in its facility.

(l)  A not-for-profit, community-based agency that provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers.

(m)  Certified rehabilitation agencies and comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities that are certified under Title 18 of the Social Security Act.

(n)  The delivery of adult family care home services for which the adult family care home is licensed under part VII of this chapter, to serve the residents in its facility.

History.--s. 39, ch. 75-233; s. 2, ch. 81-318; ss. 79, 83, ch. 83-181; s. 29, ch. 91-263; ss. 3, 23, ch. 93-214; s. 782, ch. 95-148; ss. 41, 129, ch. 95-418; s. 100, ch. 97-101; s. 2, ch. 99-332; s. 18, ch. 2000-153; s. 59, ch. 2000-256; ss. 17, 103, ch. 2000-318; s. 5, ch. 2000-338; s. 37, ch. 2001-62; s. 92, ch. 2004-267.