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Legislature Eyes Further ‘CON’ Changes

Jan 9, 2020
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After eliminating certificates of need last year for hospitals, Florida lawmakers will consider making changes to the so-called CON law for new intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities.

House Health Quality Chairwoman Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, filed a proposal (HB 1163) on Wednesday that would allow facilities to be built outside of the CON process so long as they meet certain requirements.

Senate Health Policy Chairwoman Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, has filed the Senate version (SB 1344).

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The state’s certificate-of-need regulatory law can, and should, go the way of the dinosaurs, the House sponsor of a repeal bill said. 


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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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The competition is on for a new hospice program in Pasco County.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration has received letters of intent from nine companies to establish a hospice program. The letters are a first step in the state’s certificate-of-need process.

The application deadline is May 16. The state on March 30 published need for one new hospice program in Pasco.

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

State Approves Nursing Home License Transfer

Jan 7, 2018

The state Agency for Health Care Administration approved the transfer of a nursing-home license between two long-term care companies but is requiring as part of the deal that the new facility in Marion County accept Medicaid patients.

'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.

`Certificates Of Need' Could Land On Ballot

Dec 14, 2017
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Free-market advocates for years have tried unsuccessfully to convince the Florida Legislature to eliminate requirements for the state to approve the construction of new nursing homes and hospitals and the provision of new services such as organ transplants or pediatric open-heart surgery.

Bone Marrow Transplant Program Rejected

Jun 14, 2017
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Upholding recommendations from an administrative law judge, the state Agency for Health Care Administration on Tuesday rejected a proposal by Baptist Hospital of Miami to establish an inpatient bone-marrow transplant program.

Judge Backs Heart Transplant Program

May 16, 2017
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Nicklaus Children's Hospital in South Florida should be allowed to open a pediatric heart-transplant program, despite objections from state regulators and another hospital, an administrative law judge ruled Monday.

Certificate Of Need, Trauma Bills Die

May 7, 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.

Nursing Homes, Hospice Dropped From ‘CON’ Repeal

Apr 7, 2017
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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.

Judge Sides With HCA In Hospital Industry Fight

Mar 17, 2017
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As Florida lawmakers look at eliminating controversial regulations on building hospitals, a judge has sided with the HCA health-care chain in an industry battle about adding a hospital in Miami-Dade County.

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.

Scott Wants To Revamp Health Care Facility Rules

Jan 25, 2017

Amid a new wave of legal battles about hospital projects, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday called for eliminating key regulations about building health-care facilities and opening trauma centers.

Repeal Of 'Certificate Of Need' Proposed

Jan 24, 2017

A House Republican on Monday proposed a wide-ranging bill that would repeal the state's "certificate of need" laws, which help determine whether hospitals, nursing homes and hospice facilities are built.

UM Hospital Challenges State Approval of Program

Mar 30, 2016
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The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics is challenging a decision by the state Agency for Health Care Administration to approve a new adult bone-marrow transplant program at Baptist Hospital of Miami.

Health Industry Regulatory Changes Sail In House

Jan 13, 2016

A House panel Tuesday quickly approved two high-profile bills that would revamp health-care regulations --- and are drawing opposition from at least parts of the hospital industry.