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Recovery Care Centers Re-Emerge In House

Associated Press
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A long-debated proposal that would allow health-care facilities known as recovery care centers has re-emerged in the Florida House for the 2020 legislative session. 

Rep. Cyndi Stevenson, R-Saint Johns, filed a bill (HB 827) last week that would allow the licensure of recovery care centers, where patients could stay up to 72 hours after undergoing surgery in hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers.

The bill says recovery care services would be “postsurgical and post-diagnostic medical and general nursing care provided to a patient for whom acute care hospitalization is not required and uncomplicated recovery is reasonably expected.”

House Republican leaders have repeatedly pursued the recovery-care center idea in recent years, but the Senate has not gone along. The 2020 legislative session starts Jan. 14.