Florida Senate - 2015                                    SB 1394
       By Senator Gibson
       9-01006A-15                                           20151394__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to ambulatory surgical centers;
    3         amending s. 395.002, F.S.; providing for patient
    4         discharge within a specified number of hours after
    5         admission to an ambulatory surgical center in
    6         conformance with federal law; providing an effective
    7         date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 395.002, Florida
   12  Statutes, is amended to read:
   13         395.002 Definitions.—As used in this chapter:
   14         (3) “Ambulatory surgical center” or “mobile surgical
   15  facility” means a facility the primary purpose of which is to
   16  provide elective surgical care, in which the patient is admitted
   17  to and discharged from such facility pursuant to 42 C.F.R. s.
   18  416.2 within the same working day and is not permitted to stay
   19  overnight, and which is not part of a hospital. However, a
   20  facility existing for the primary purpose of performing
   21  terminations of pregnancy, an office maintained by a physician
   22  for the practice of medicine, or an office maintained for the
   23  practice of dentistry shall not be construed to be an ambulatory
   24  surgical center, provided that any facility or office which is
   25  certified or seeks certification as a Medicare ambulatory
   26  surgical center shall be licensed as an ambulatory surgical
   27  center pursuant to s. 395.003. Any structure or vehicle in which
   28  a physician maintains an office and practices surgery, and which
   29  can appear to the public to be a mobile office because the
   30  structure or vehicle operates at more than one address, shall be
   31  construed to be a mobile surgical facility.
   32         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.