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2007 Florida Statutes

Section 400.518, Florida Statutes 2007

400.518  Prohibited referrals to home health agencies.--

(1)  A physician licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459 must comply with s. 456.053

(2)  A hospital or an ambulatory surgical center that has a financial interest in a home health agency is prohibited from requiring any physician on its staff to refer a patient to the home health agency.

(3)(a)  A violation of this section is punishable by an administrative fine not to exceed $15,000. The proceeds of such fines must be deposited into the Health Care Trust Fund.

(b)  A physician who violates this section is subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate board under s. 458.331(2) or s. 459.015(2). A hospital or ambulatory surgical center that violates this section is subject to the rules adopted by the agency under s. 395.0185(2).

History.--s. 17, ch. 93-214; s. 26, ch. 98-166; s. 17, ch. 2000-160.