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State Challenged Over Pasco Hospice Approval

Sep 14, 2018

A preliminary decision by the state to approve a new hospice program in Pasco County faces legal challenges from two companies that were turned down. 

Proposed Hospital Projects Go To State Regulators

Sep 7, 2018

The state received nine “certificate of need” applications for new hospital projects by a Wednesday deadline, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. 

Hospitals Look To Add Facilities, Expand Services

Aug 8, 2018

Seven different companies want to establish new hospitals or offer new services at existing hospitals across Florida, but at least some of the proposals aren’t in areas where the state says there’s a need. 

Siding with a preliminary decision by state regulators, an administrative law judge Tuesday recommended denial of plans by Nemours Children’s Hospital to offer pediatric heart transplants and heart and lung transplants. 

The Florida Department of Health on Friday issued a final order rejecting a challenge to a new trauma center at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.

State Signs Off On Two Hospital Projects

Jul 17, 2018

Florida’s top health-care regulator gave final approval last week to a pair of new hospitals for southern Sarasota County. 

Three hospitals in Marion and Citrus counties are challenging a state decision to sign off on a new 66-bed hospital in Marion County, according to documents posted Thursday on the state Division of Administrative Hearings website. 

Court Rejects New Hospice In ‘Certificate Of Need’ Fight

May 29, 2018

Though describing it as a “close call,” an appeals court Friday upheld a decision by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to turn down approval of new hospice provider in Sarasota County. 

Gov. Rick Scott’s long-standing priority to eliminate Florida’s certificate of need program for Florida hospitals came to a halt Monday, after a member of a powerful panel withdrew a proposal that would have overhauled the current hospital-approval system.

Panel Backs Plan To Circumvent ‘Certificates Of Need’

Mar 22, 2018

With the sponsor taking aim at Florida’s controversial “certificate of need” law, the Constitution Revision Commission on Wednesday advanced a proposal that would tie new hospital growth in the state to hospital-acquired infection rates at existing facilities.

Proposal Takes Aim At Hospital ‘Certificates Of Need’

Mar 20, 2018

A Florida panel may be on the verge of ending the state's contentious certificate-of-need process for hospitals.

The Florida House is ready to take up two familiar healthcare reform measures Wednesday. Supporters say both bills will make care more accessible and more affordable. The plans face uphill battles in the Senate.

'Certificate Of Need' Repeal Proposed In Senate

Jan 4, 2018

With the House ready to move quickly on the issue, a Senate Republican on Wednesday filed a proposal to repeal the long-controversial “certificate of need” regulatory process for hospitals.

Judge Backs Proposed Pinellas Trauma Center

Dec 21, 2017

An administrative law judge Wednesday said the Florida Department of Health improperly rejected a proposal to open a trauma center at a St. Petersburg hospital.

Voters Could Decide Tobacco, ‘Certificate Of Need’ Issues

Dec 15, 2017

Floridians could wind up voting on two contentious health-care proposals that on Thursday drew closer to the 2018 ballot.

A dispute over cuts to hospitals is one of the reasons Florida lawmakers had to postpone their final votes on the new state budget to this week. It was finally approved and sent to Governor Rick Scott, where its future is uncertain. Health News Florida's Stephanie Colombini talks about those hospital cuts and other key health issues this session with Kathleen McGrory, health reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.


Certificate Of Need, Trauma Bills Die

May 8, 2017

Despite backing from House Republican leaders and Gov. Rick Scott, controversial bills that would have eased regulations on building hospitals and adding trauma centers died Friday night.

House Approves ‘Certificate Of Need’ Repeal

Apr 20, 2017

The Florida House on Wednesday easily passed a bill that would eliminate a controversial regulatory process for the approval of new hospitals.

House Set To OK ‘Certificate Of Need’ Repeal

Apr 19, 2017

The House could vote as early as Wednesday to repeal the "certificate of need" regulatory process for building hospitals, an issue backed by House Republican leaders and Gov. Rick Scott.

Nursing Homes, Hospice Dropped From ‘CON’ Repeal

Apr 7, 2017

In a victory for nursing-home and hospice groups, a House committee Thursday scaled back a bill aimed at repealing controversial regulations on building health-care facilities.

Hospital Regulatory Bill Continues Through House

Mar 8, 2017

With the bill sponsor calling certificates of need a "sacred cow" in the health-care industry, a House panel Tuesday approved a proposal to repeal the controversial regulatory process for building hospitals, nursing homes and hospice facilities.

  When a health care provider wants to build a new hospital, hospice or nursing home in Florida, or even revamp and old one, they first have to apply for a “Certificate of Need" from state regulators.  It's a lengthy and expensive process that can end in rejection: last year, regulators denied 20 of the 47 applications.
 

Florida hospice providers are joining a call by nursing homes to preserve the so-called certificate of need process.

When officials at Nemours Children’ Hospital in Orlando tried to establish a pediatric heart transplant center, they learned how restricting a state law regulating the opening of new health facilities can be.

Nursing Homes Fight Repeal Of ‘Certificate of Need’ Process

Feb 21, 2017

As Florida's 2017 legislative session prepares to start March 7, the debate about repealing what is known as the "certificate of need" regulatory process has expanded to include nursing homes and hospice facilities — and has touched off a new wave of lobbying by industry groups.

Proposal Seeks Repeal Of Certificate Of Need Laws

Feb 6, 2017

Lining up with Gov. Rick Scott and House leaders, Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, filed a proposal Friday that would eliminate the state's "certificate of need" regulatory process, which helps determine whether hospitals, nursing homes and hospice facilities are built.

Bill Seeks To Boost Hospitals In Rural Areas

Feb 9, 2016

A Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill that could help boost efforts to build new or replacement hospitals in rural counties.

Approved by the Senate Health Policy Committee, SB 236 would expand an exemption to the state's "certificate of need" regulatory process for hospital construction or expansion projects. The state currently has a narrow exemption that applies to hospitals in counties with populations of 15,000 to 18,000 people and densities of fewer than 30 people per square mile.

As lawmakers grapple with healthcare costs, they’re taking another look at rules governing where health care centers can be built. Those rules are called certificate of need. A scaled-down version of a bill addressing certificate of need is in play, but it’s not without controversy.

FL Supreme Court Asked To Decide 'Certificate Of Need' Dispute

Dec 16, 2015

The state Agency for Health Care Administration asked the Florida Supreme Court this week to take up a dispute about whether a Baker County hospital can challenge plans for a new Jacksonville medical center.

A shortage of nursing home space across Florida will be helped by the addition of almost 1,000 more new beds.