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Further Changes To Certificate Of Need Program Proposed

Jul 5, 2019
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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. 

Baptist Health is building a new $23 million emergency center at the Oakleaf Town Center.

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

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A hospital taxing district in Volusia County wants the Florida Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that could block plans for a new hospital outside the district’s boundaries.

The Halifax Hospital Medical Center taxing district filed a notice of appeal with the Supreme Court after Circuit Judge Christopher France last month said the district does not have the legal authority to issue bonds for the 96-bed hospital project in Deltona, according to documents posted Tuesday on the Supreme Court website.

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.

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

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The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration approved two new hospitals Friday and denied two others.