2015 Legislature                    CS for SB 904, 1st Engrossed
    2         An act relating to home health services; amending s.
    3         400.462, F.S.; defining a term; amending s. 400.464,
    4         F.S.; allowing home health agencies to operate related
    5         offices inside of the main office’s health service
    6         planning district without an additional license;
    7         amending s. 400.506, F.S.; providing for the licensure
    8         of more than one nurse registry operational site
    9         within the same health service planning district;
   10         authorizing a licensed nurse registry to operate a
   11         satellite office; requiring a nurse registry
   12         operational site to keep all original records;
   13         requiring a nurse registry to provide notice and
   14         certain evidence before it relocates an operational
   15         site or opens a satellite office; reenacting ss.
   16         400.497, 817.505(3)(h), 400.506(3), F.S., to
   17         incorporate the amendment made to s. 400.506, F.S., in
   18         references thereto; providing an effective date.
   20  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   22         Section 1. Present subsections (28) and (29) of section
   23  400.462, Florida Statues, are redesignated as subsections (29)
   24  and (30), respectively, and a new subsection (28) is added to
   25  that section, to read:
   26         400.462 Definitions.—As used in this part, the term:
   27         (28) Satellite office” means a secondary office of a nurse
   28  registry established pursuant to s. 400.506(1) in the same
   29  health service planning district as a licensed nurse registry
   30  operational site.
   31         Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 400.464, Florida
   32  Statutes, is amended to read:
   33         400.464 Home health agencies to be licensed; expiration of
   34  license; exemptions; unlawful acts; penalties.—
   35         (2) If the licensed home health agency operates related
   36  offices, each related office outside the health service planning
   37  district county where the main office is located must be
   38  separately licensed. The counties where the related offices are
   39  operating within the health service planning district must be
   40  specified on the license in the main office.
   41         Section 3. Subsection (1) of section 400.506, Florida
   42  Statutes, is amended to read:
   43         400.506 Licensure of nurse registries; requirements;
   44  penalties.—
   45         (1)(a) A nurse registry is exempt from the licensing
   46  requirements of a home health agency but must be licensed as a
   47  nurse registry. The requirements of part II of chapter 408 apply
   48  to the provision of services that require licensure pursuant to
   49  ss. 400.506-400.518 and part II of chapter 408 and to entities
   50  licensed by or applying for such license from the Agency for
   51  Health Care Administration pursuant to ss. 400.506-400.518. A
   52  license issued by the agency is required for the operation of a
   53  nurse registry. Each operational site of the nurse registry must
   54  be licensed, unless there is more than one site within the
   55  health service planning district for which a license is issued.
   56  In such case, a county. If there is more than one site within a
   57  county, only one license per county is required. each
   58  operational site within the health service planning district
   59  must be listed on the license.
   60         (b) A licensed nurse registry may operate a satellite
   61  office as defined in s. 400.462. The nurse registry operational
   62  site must administer all satellite offices. A satellite office
   63  may store supplies and records, register and process
   64  contractors, and conduct business by telephone as is done at
   65  other operational sites. Nurse registries may use signs and
   66  advertisements to notify the public of the location of a
   67  satellite office. All original records must be kept at the
   68  operational site.
   69         (c) A nurse registry must provide notice, in writing, to
   70  the agency at the state and area office levels, as required by
   71  agency rule, of a proposed change of address for an operational
   72  site or the opening of a satellite office. Before relocating an
   73  operational site or opening a satellite office, the nurse
   74  registry must submit evidence of its legal right to use the
   75  proposed property and evidence that the property is zoned for
   76  nurse registry use.
   77         Section 4. Section 400.497, paragraph (h) of subsection (3)
   78  of s. 817.505, and subsection (3) of s. 400.506, Florida
   79  Statutes, are reenacted for the purpose of incorporating the
   80  amendment made by this act to s. 400.506, Florida Statutes, in
   81  references thereto.
   82         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.