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The 2003 Florida Statutes

Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 400
NURSING HOMES AND RELATED HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
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Section 400.414, Florida Statutes 2003

400.414  Denial, revocation, or suspension of license; imposition of administrative fine; grounds.--

(1)  The agency may deny, revoke, or suspend any license issued under this part, or impose an administrative fine in the manner provided in chapter 120, for any of the following actions by an assisted living facility, for the actions of any person subject to level 2 background screening under s. 400.4174, or for the actions of any facility employee:

(a)  An intentional or negligent act seriously affecting the health, safety, or welfare of a resident of the facility.

(b)  The determination by the agency that the owner lacks the financial ability to provide continuing adequate care to residents.

(c)  Misappropriation or conversion of the property of a resident of the facility.

(d)  Failure to follow the criteria and procedures provided under part I of chapter 394 relating to the transportation, voluntary admission, and involuntary examination of a facility resident.

(e)  A citation of any of the following deficiencies as defined in s. 400.419:

1.  One or more cited class I deficiencies.

2.  Three or more cited class II deficiencies.

3.  Five or more cited class III deficiencies that have been cited on a single survey and have not been corrected within the times specified.

(f)  A determination that a person subject to level 2 background screening under s. 400.4174(1) does not meet the screening standards of s. 435.04 or that the facility is retaining an employee subject to level 1 background screening standards under s. 400.4174(2) who does not meet the screening standards of s. 435.03 and for whom exemptions from disqualification have not been provided by the agency.

(g)  A determination that an employee, volunteer, administrator, or owner, or person who otherwise has access to the residents of a facility does not meet the criteria specified in s. 435.03(2), and the owner or administrator has not taken action to remove the person. Exemptions from disqualification may be granted as set forth in s. 435.07. No administrative action may be taken against the facility if the person is granted an exemption.

(h)  Violation of a moratorium.

(i)  Failure of the license applicant, the licensee during relicensure, or a licensee that holds a provisional license to meet the minimum license requirements of this part, or related rules, at the time of license application or renewal.

(j)  A fraudulent statement or omission of any material fact on an application for a license or any other document required by the agency, including the submission of a license application that conceals the fact that any board member, officer, or person owning 5 percent or more of the facility may not meet the background screening requirements of s. 400.4174, or that the applicant has been excluded, permanently suspended, or terminated from the Medicaid or Medicare programs.

(k)  An intentional or negligent life-threatening act in violation of the uniform firesafety standards for assisted living facilities or other firesafety standards that threatens the health, safety, or welfare of a resident of a facility, as communicated to the agency by the local authority having jurisdiction or the State Fire Marshal.

(l)  Exclusion, permanent suspension, or termination from the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

(m)  Knowingly operating any unlicensed facility or providing without a license any service that must be licensed under this chapter.

(n)  Any act constituting a ground upon which application for a license may be denied.

Administrative proceedings challenging agency action under this subsection shall be reviewed on the basis of the facts and conditions that resulted in the agency action.

(2)  Upon notification by the local authority having jurisdiction or by the State Fire Marshal, the agency may deny or revoke the license of an assisted living facility that fails to correct cited fire code violations that affect or threaten the health, safety, or welfare of a resident of a facility.

(3)  The agency may deny a license to any applicant or to any officer or board member of an applicant who is a firm, corporation, partnership, or association or who owns 5 percent or more of the facility, if the applicant, officer, or board member has or had a 25-percent or greater financial or ownership interest in any other facility licensed under this part, or in any entity licensed by this state or another state to provide health or residential care, which facility or entity during the 5 years prior to the application for a license closed due to financial inability to operate; had a receiver appointed or a license denied, suspended, or revoked; was subject to a moratorium on admissions; had an injunctive proceeding initiated against it; or has an outstanding fine assessed under this chapter.

(4)  The agency shall deny or revoke the license of an assisted living facility that has two or more class I violations that are similar or identical to violations identified by the agency during a survey, inspection, monitoring visit, or complaint investigation occurring within the previous 2 years.

(5)  An action taken by the agency to suspend, deny, or revoke a facility's license under this part, in which the agency claims that the facility owner or an employee of the facility has threatened the health, safety, or welfare of a resident of the 1facility be heard by the Division of Administrative Hearings of the Department of Management Services within 120 days after receipt of the facility's request for a hearing, unless that time limitation is waived by both parties. The administrative law judge must render a decision within 30 days after receipt of a proposed recommended order.

(6)  The agency shall provide to the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, on a monthly basis, a list of those assisted living facilities that have had their licenses denied, suspended, or revoked or that are involved in an appellate proceeding pursuant to s. 120.60 related to the denial, suspension, or revocation of a license.

(7)  Agency notification of a license suspension or revocation, or denial of a license renewal, shall be posted and visible to the public at the facility.

(8)  The agency may issue a temporary license pending final disposition of a proceeding involving the suspension or revocation of an assisted living facility license.

History.--s. 8, ch. 75-233; ss. 12, 18, ch. 80-198; s. 2, ch. 81-318; ss. 46, 79, 83, ch. 83-181; s. 8, ch. 87-371; s. 13, ch. 89-294; s. 30, ch. 91-71; s. 46, ch. 92-58; ss. 8, 38, 39, ch. 93-216; s. 50, ch. 94-218; s. 39, ch. 95-228; s. 7, ch. 95-418; s. 38, ch. 96-169; s. 126, ch. 96-410; s. 7, ch. 98-80; s. 43, ch. 98-171; s. 73, ch. 2000-349; s. 34, ch. 2001-45; s. 19, ch. 2003-57.

1Note.--The words "facility be heard" are as enacted by s. 43, ch. 98-171.

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