Section 383.305, Florida Statutes 2003
383.305 Licensure; issuance, renewal, denial, suspension, revocation; fees; background screening.--
(1)(a) Upon receipt of an application for a license and the license fee, the agency shall issue a license if the applicant and facility have received all approvals required by law and meet the requirements established under ss. 383.30-383.335 and by rules promulgated hereunder.
(b) A provisional license may be issued to any birth center that is in substantial compliance with ss. 383.30-383.335 and with the rules of the agency. A provisional license may be granted for a period of no more than 1 year from the effective date of rules adopted by the agency, shall expire automatically at the end of its term, and may not be renewed.
(c) A license, unless sooner suspended or revoked, automatically expires 1 year from its date of issuance and is renewable upon application for renewal and payment of the fee prescribed, provided the applicant and the birth center meet the requirements established under ss. 383.30-383.335 and by rules promulgated hereunder. A complete application for renewal of a license shall be made 90 days prior to expiration of the license on forms provided by the agency.
(2) An application for a license, or renewal thereof, shall be made to the agency upon forms provided by it and shall contain such information as the agency reasonably requires, which may include affirmative evidence of ability to comply with applicable laws and rules.
(3)(a) Each application for a birth center license, or renewal thereof, shall be accompanied by a license fee. Fees shall be established by rule of the agency. Such fees are payable to the agency and shall be deposited in a trust fund administered by the agency, to be used for the sole purpose of carrying out the provisions of ss. 383.30-383.335.
(b) The fees established pursuant to ss. 383.30-383.335 shall be based on actual costs incurred by the agency in the administration of its duties under such sections.
(4) Each license is valid only for the person or governmental unit to whom or which it is issued; is not subject to sale, assignment, or other transfer, voluntary or involuntary; and is not valid for any premises other than those for which it was originally issued.
(5) Each license shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the licensed premises.
(6) Whenever the agency finds that there has been a substantial failure to comply with the requirements established under ss. 383.30-383.335 or in rules adopted under those sections, it is authorized to deny, suspend, or revoke a license.
(7) Each applicant for licensure must comply with the following requirements:
(a) Upon receipt of a completed, signed, and dated application, the agency shall require background screening, in accordance with the level 2 standards for screening set forth in chapter 435, of the managing employee, or other similarly titled individual who is responsible for the daily operation of the center, and of the financial officer, or other similarly titled individual who is responsible for the financial operation of the center, including billings for patient care and services. The applicant must comply with the procedures for level 2 background screening as set forth in chapter 435 as well as the requirements of s. 435.03(3).
(b) The agency may require background screening of any other individual who is an applicant if the agency has probable cause to believe that he or she has been convicted of a crime or has committed any other offense prohibited under the level 2 standards for screening set forth in chapter 435.
(c) Proof of compliance with the level 2 background screening requirements of chapter 435 which has been submitted within the previous 5 years in compliance with any other health care licensure requirements of this state is acceptable in fulfillment of the requirements of paragraph (a).
(d) A provisional license may be granted to an applicant when each individual required by this section to undergo background screening has met the standards for the Department of Law Enforcement background check, but the agency has not yet received background screening results from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or a request for a disqualification exemption has been submitted to the agency as set forth in chapter 435 but a response has not yet been issued. A standard license may be granted to the applicant upon the agency's receipt of a report of the results of the Federal Bureau of Investigation background screening for each individual required by this section to undergo background screening which confirms that all standards have been met, or upon the granting of a disqualification exemption by the agency as set forth in chapter 435. Any other person who is required to undergo level 2 background screening may serve in his or her capacity pending the agency's receipt of the report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. However, the person may not continue to serve if the report indicates any violation of background screening standards and a disqualification exemption has not been requested of and granted by the agency as set forth in chapter 435.
(e) Each applicant must submit to the agency, with its application, a description and explanation of any exclusions, permanent suspensions, or terminations of the applicant from the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Proof of compliance with the requirements for disclosure of ownership and control interests under the Medicaid or Medicare programs shall be accepted in lieu of this submission.
(f) Each applicant must submit to the agency a description and explanation of any conviction of an offense prohibited under the level 2 standards of chapter 435 by a member of the board of directors of the applicant, its officers, or any individual owning 5 percent or more of the applicant. This requirement does not apply to a director of a not-for-profit corporation or organization if the director serves solely in a voluntary capacity for the corporation or organization, does not regularly take part in the day-to-day operational decisions of the corporation or organization, receives no remuneration for his or her services on the corporation or organization's board of directors, and has no financial interest and has no family members with a financial interest in the corporation or organization, provided that the director and the not-for-profit corporation or organization include in the application a statement affirming that the director's relationship to the corporation satisfies the requirements of this paragraph.
(g) A license may not be granted to an applicant if the applicant or managing employee has been found guilty of, regardless of adjudication, or has entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, any offense prohibited under the level 2 standards for screening set forth in chapter 435, unless an exemption from disqualification has been granted by the agency as set forth in chapter 435.
(h) The agency may deny or revoke licensure if the applicant:
1. Has falsely represented a material fact in the application required by paragraph (e) or paragraph (f), or has omitted any material fact from the application required by paragraph (e) or paragraph (f); or
2. Has had prior action taken against the applicant under the Medicaid or Medicare program as set forth in paragraph (e).
(i) An application for license renewal must contain the information required under paragraphs (e) and (f).
History.--ss. 5, 6, 27, ch. 84-283; s. 4, ch. 91-429; ss. 8, 71, ch. 98-171; s. 60, ch. 2000-349; s. 25, ch. 2001-53; s. 2, ch. 2001-67; s. 148, ch. 2001-277.