Florida Senate - 2015 SB 820 By Senator Garcia 38-00864-15 2015820__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to patient admission status 3 notification; amending s. 395.301, F.S.; providing 4 requirements for licensed facilities for patient 5 notification regarding admission status; providing an 6 effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Subsections (9) through (11) of section 395.301, 11 Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (10) through 12 (12), respectively, and a new subsection (9) is added to that 13 section, to read: 14 395.301 Itemized patient bill; form and content prescribed 15 by the agency; patient admission status notification.— 16 (9)(a) If a licensed facility determines that a patient 17 should be placed on an observation status rather than admission 18 status, the facility shall notify the patient orally and in 19 writing, and include the written notice in the patient’s record, 20 of the observation status before the patient is discharged. Such 21 oral and written notice shall include: 22 1. A statement that the patient is not admitted to the 23 facility but is under observation status. 24 2. A statement that observation status may affect the 25 patient’s Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance coverage for: 26 a. Hospital services, including medications and 27 pharmaceutical supplies; and 28 b. Home or community-based care or care at a skilled 29 nursing facility, including rehabilitative services, upon the 30 patient’s discharge. 31 3. A recommendation that the patient contact his or her 32 health insurance provider to determine the implications of 33 placement in observation status and his or her right to appeal 34 the determination. 35 (b) The written notice must be signed and dated by the 36 patient receiving the notice or the patient’s legal guardian, 37 conservator, or other authorized representative at the time of 38 notification. 39 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.