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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 400.6065, Florida Statutes 2003

400.6065  Background screening.--

(1)  Upon receipt of a completed application under s. 400.606, the agency shall require level 2 background screening on each of the following persons, who shall be considered employees for the purposes of conducting screening under chapter 435:

(a)  The hospice administrator and financial officer.

(b)  An officer or board member if the hospice is a firm, corporation, partnership, or association, or any person owning 5 percent or more of the hospice if the agency has probable cause to believe that such officer, board member, or owner has been convicted of any offense prohibited by s. 435.04. For each officer, board member, or person owning 5 percent or more who has been convicted of any such offense, the hospice shall submit to the agency a description and explanation of the conviction at the time of license application. This paragraph does not apply to a board member of a not-for-profit corporation or organization if the board member serves solely in a voluntary capacity, 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, and has no financial interest and has no family members with a financial interest in the corporation or organization, provided that the board member and the corporation or organization submit a statement affirming that the board member's relationship to the corporation or organization satisfies the requirements of this paragraph.

(2)  Proof of compliance with level 2 screening standards which has been submitted within the previous 5 years to meet any facility or professional licensure requirements of the agency or the Department of Health satisfies the requirements of this section.

(3)  The agency may grant a provisional license to a hospice applying for an initial license when each individual required by this section to undergo screening has completed the Department of Law Enforcement background check, but has not yet received results from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(4)  The agency shall require employment or contractor screening as provided in chapter 435, using the level 1 standards for screening set forth in that chapter, for hospice personnel.

(5)  The agency may grant exemptions from disqualification from employment under this section as provided in s. 435.07.

(6)  The administration of each hospice must sign an affidavit annually, under penalty of perjury, stating that all personnel employed or contracted with on or after October 1, 1998, who provide hospice services in a facility, or who enter the home of a patient in their service capacity, have been screened.

(7)  Proof of compliance with the screening requirements of chapter 435 shall be accepted in lieu of the requirements of this section if the person has been continuously employed or registered without a breach in service that exceeds 180 days, the proof of compliance is not more than 2 years old, and the person has been screened, at the discretion of the hospice.

(8)(a)  It is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable under s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, for any person willfully, knowingly, or intentionally to:

1.  Fail, by false statement, misrepresentation, impersonation, or other fraudulent means, to disclose in any application for voluntary or paid employment a material fact used in making a determination as to such person's qualifications to be employed or contracted with under this section;

2.  Operate or attempt to operate an entity licensed under this part with persons who do not meet the minimum standards for good moral character as contained in this section; or

3.  Use information from the criminal records obtained under this section for any purpose other than screening as specified in this section, or release such information to any other person for any purpose other than screening under this section.

(b)  It is a felony of the third degree, punishable under s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, for any person willfully, knowingly, or intentionally to use information from the juvenile records of a person obtained under this section for any purpose other than screening for employment under this section.

History.--ss. 55, 71, ch. 98-171; s. 22, ch. 2000-349; s. 25, ch. 2001-53; s. 2, ch. 2001-67; s. 148, ch. 2001-277.

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