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Florida Hospitals Eye New Transplant Programs

Jul 12, 2019

By Christine Sexton / News Service of Florida

It’s been less than two weeks since Florida jettisoned some long-standing regulations for hospitals, but several facilities across the state are already gearing up to expand medically complex services, such as transplants. 

Further Changes To Certificate Of Need Program Proposed

Jul 5, 2019

By Christine Sexton / News Service of Florida

Eliminating the certificate of need program for hospitals may have been the easy part, but how to license them in the future may be more complex. 

DeSantis Signs Health, Hemp, Hazing Bill

Jun 26, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed 15 bills, including health-care priorities of House Speaker Jose Oliva, a plan to kick-start a hemp industry in Florida and an effort to prevent college hazing deaths. 

Hospital Projects Get State Go-Ahead

Jun 13, 2019

More than $324 million in new hospital construction was given tentative approval by health-care regulators this week in what could be the last batch of hospital projects subject to Florida’s “certificate of need” requirements. 

Major Health Bills Headed To DeSantis

Apr 30, 2019

After more than two decades of debate about the issue, the Florida Legislature on Monday approved eliminating the “certificate of need” regulatory program for hospitals and passed a high-profile measure aimed at importing prescription drugs from Canada. 

The Senate is moving forward with certificate of need repeal. But some call the move a dramatic shift that reneges on weeks of work. The plan to scrap hospital regulations points to a bigger picture about the legislative process.

The Florida Health Care Association is against a Florida House bill that would eliminate the “certificate of need” process for healthcare facilities. Currently nursing homes are among the facilities that must demonstrate sufficient need in a location before building a new site.

Agency Turns Down Nemours Transplant Plans

Nov 2, 2018

Following a state administrative judge’s lead, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration issued a pair of final orders this week denying a plan by Nemours Children’s Hospital to establish two transplant programs in Orlando. 

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.
 

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