Florida Senate - 2015                                     SB 904
       By Senator Bean
       4-00444A-15                                            2015904__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to nurse registries; amending s.
    3         400.462, F.S.; defining a term; amending s. 400.506,
    4         F.S.; providing for the licensure of more than one
    5         nurse registry operational site within the same
    6         geographic service area; authorizing a licensed nurse
    7         registry to operate a satellite office; requiring a
    8         nurse registry operational site to keep all original
    9         records; requiring a nurse registry to provide notice
   10         and certain evidence before it relocates an
   11         operational site or opens a satellite office;
   12         reenacting ss. 400.497, 817.505(3)(h), 400.506(3),
   13         F.S., to incorporate the amendment made to s. 400.506,
   14         F.S., in references thereto; providing an effective
   15         date.
   17  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   19         Section 1. Present subsections (28) and (29) of section
   20  400.462, Florida Statues, are redesignated as subsections (29)
   21  and (30), respectively, and a new subsection (28) is added to
   22  that section, to read:
   23         400.462 Definitions.—As used in this part, the term:
   24         (28) Satellite office” means a secondary office of a nurse
   25  registry established pursuant to s. 400.506(1) in the same
   26  geographic service area as a licensed nurse registry operational
   27  site.
   28         Section 2. Subsection (1) of section 400.506, Florida
   29  Statutes, is amended to read:
   30         400.506 Licensure of nurse registries; requirements;
   31  penalties.—
   32         (1)(a) A nurse registry is exempt from the licensing
   33  requirements of a home health agency but must be licensed as a
   34  nurse registry. The requirements of part II of chapter 408 apply
   35  to the provision of services that require licensure pursuant to
   36  ss. 400.506-400.518 and part II of chapter 408 and to entities
   37  licensed by or applying for such license from the Agency for
   38  Health Care Administration pursuant to ss. 400.506-400.518. A
   39  license issued by the agency is required for the operation of a
   40  nurse registry. Each operational site of the nurse registry must
   41  be licensed, unless there is more than one site within the
   42  geographic service area for which a license is issued. In such
   43  case, a county. If there is more than one site within a county,
   44  only one license per county is required. each operational site
   45  within the geographic service area must be listed on the
   46  license.
   47         (b) A licensed nurse registry may operate a satellite
   48  office as defined in s. 400.462. The nurse registry operational
   49  site must administer all satellite offices. A satellite office
   50  may store supplies and records, register and process
   51  contractors, and conduct business by telephone as is done at
   52  other operational sites. Nurse registries may use signs and
   53  advertisements to notify the public of the location of a
   54  satellite office. All original records must be kept at the
   55  operational site.
   56         (c) A nurse registry must provide notice, in writing, to
   57  the agency at the state and area office levels, as required by
   58  agency rule, of a proposed change of address for an operational
   59  site or the opening of a satellite office. Before relocating an
   60  operational site or opening a satellite office, the nurse
   61  registry must submit evidence of its legal right to use the
   62  proposed property, as well as a certificate of occupancy, a
   63  certificate of use, or other evidence that the property is zoned
   64  for nurse registry use.
   65         Section 3. Section 400.497, paragraph (h) of subsection (3)
   66  of s. 817.505, and subsection (3) of s. 400.506, Florida
   67  Statutes, are reenacted for the purpose of incorporating the
   68  amendment made by this act to s. 400.506, Florida Statutes, in
   69  references thereto.
   70         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.