(1) The agency may license rural primary care hospitals subject to federal approval for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Rural primary care hospitals shall be treated in the same manner as emergency care hospitals and rural hospitals with respect to ss. 395.605(2)-(8)(a), 408.033(2)(b)3., and 408.038.
(2) The agency may designate essential access community hospitals.
(3) The agency may adopt licensure rules for rural primary care hospitals and essential access community hospitals. Such rules must conform to s. 395.1055. (4) The department may seek federal recognition of emergency care hospitals authorized by s. 395.605 under the essential access community hospital program authorized by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989.