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The Florida Statutes

The 2004 Florida Statutes

Title XXIX
Chapter 400
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Section 400.991, Florida Statutes 2004

1400.991  License requirements; background screenings; prohibitions.--

2(1)(a)  Each clinic, as defined in s. 400.9905, must be licensed and shall at all times maintain a valid license with the agency. Each clinic location shall be licensed separately regardless of whether the clinic is operated under the same business name or management as another clinic.

(b)  Each mobile clinic must obtain a separate health care clinic license and must provide to the agency, at least quarterly, its projected street location to enable the agency to locate and inspect such clinic. A portable equipment provider must obtain a health care clinic license for a single administrative office and is not required to submit quarterly projected street locations.

2(2)  The initial clinic license application shall be filed with the agency by all clinics, as defined in s. 400.9905, on or before July 1, 2004. A clinic license must be renewed biennially.

2(3)  Applicants that submit an application on or before July 1, 2004, which meets all requirements for initial licensure as specified in this section shall receive a temporary license until the completion of an initial inspection verifying that the applicant meets all requirements in rules authorized in s. 400.9925. However, a clinic engaged in magnetic resonance imaging services may not receive a temporary license unless it presents evidence satisfactory to the agency that such clinic is making a good faith effort and substantial progress in seeking accreditation required under s. 400.9935.

(4)  Application for an initial clinic license or for renewal of an existing license shall be notarized on forms furnished by the agency and must be accompanied by the appropriate license fee as provided in s. 400.9925. The agency shall take final action on an initial license application within 60 days after receipt of all required documentation.

(5)  The application shall contain information that includes, but need not be limited to, information pertaining to the name, residence and business address, phone number, social security number, and license number of the medical or clinic director, of the licensed medical providers employed or under contract with the clinic, and of each person who, directly or indirectly, owns or controls 5 percent or more of an interest in the clinic, or general partners in limited liability partnerships.

(6)  The applicant must file with the application satisfactory proof that the clinic is in compliance with this part and applicable rules, including:

(a)  A listing of services to be provided either directly by the applicant or through contractual arrangements with existing providers;

(b)  The number and discipline of each professional staff member to be employed; and

(c)  Proof of financial ability to operate. An applicant must demonstrate financial ability to operate a clinic by submitting a balance sheet and an income and expense statement for the first year of operation which provide evidence of the applicant's having sufficient assets, credit, and projected revenues to cover liabilities and expenses. The applicant shall have demonstrated financial ability to operate if the applicant's assets, credit, and projected revenues meet or exceed projected liabilities and expenses. All documents required under this subsection must be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, may be in a compilation form, and the financial statement must be signed by a certified public accountant. As an alternative to submitting a balance sheet and an income and expense statement for the first year of operation, the applicant may file a surety bond of at least $500,000 which guarantees that the clinic will act in full conformity with all legal requirements for operating a clinic, payable to the agency. The agency may adopt rules to specify related requirements for such surety bond.

(7)  Each applicant for licensure shall comply with the following requirements:

2(a)  As used in this subsection, the term "applicant" means individuals owning or controlling, directly or indirectly, 5 percent or more of an interest in a clinic; the medical or clinic director, or a similarly titled person who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the licensed clinic; the financial officer or similarly titled individual who is responsible for the financial operation of the clinic; and licensed health care practitioners at the clinic.

2(b)  Upon receipt of a completed, signed, and dated application, the agency shall require background screening of the applicant, in accordance with the level 2 standards for screening set forth in chapter 435. 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 this paragraph. Applicants who own less than 10 percent of a health care clinic are not required to submit fingerprints under this section.

(c)  Each applicant must submit to the agency, with the application, a description and explanation of any exclusions, permanent suspensions, or terminations of an applicant from the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Proof of compliance with the requirements for disclosure of ownership and control interest under the Medicaid or Medicare programs may be accepted in lieu of this submission. The description and explanation may indicate whether such exclusions, suspensions, or terminations were voluntary or not voluntary on the part of the applicant.

(d)  A license may not be granted to a clinic if the applicant 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, or a violation of insurance fraud under s. 817.234, within the past 5 years. If the applicant has been convicted of an offense prohibited under the level 2 standards or insurance fraud in any jurisdiction, the applicant must show that his or her civil rights have been restored prior to submitting an application.

(e)  The agency may deny or revoke licensure if the applicant has falsely represented any material fact or omitted any material fact from the application required by this part.

(8)  Requested information omitted from an application for licensure, license renewal, or transfer of ownership must be filed with the agency within 21 days after receipt of the agency's request for omitted information, or the application shall be deemed incomplete and shall be withdrawn from further consideration.

(9)  The failure to file a timely renewal application shall result in a late fee charged to the facility in an amount equal to 50 percent of the current license fee.

History.--s. 4, ch. 2003-411; s. 56, ch. 2004-267; s. 16, ch. 2004-298; s. 28, ch. 2004-350.


A.  Section 19, ch. 2004-298, provides that:

"The Agency for Health Care Administration is directed to make refunds to applicants that submitted their health care clinic licensure fees and applications but were subsequently exempted from licensure by this act as follows:

"(1)  Seventy-five percent of the application fee if the temporary license has not been issued;

"(2)  Fifty percent of the application fee if the temporary license has been issued but the inspection has not been completed; or

"(3)  No refund if the inspection has been completed."

B.  Section 31, ch. 2004-350, provides that "[t]he agency shall refund 90 percent of the license application fee to applicants that submitted their health care clinic licensure fees and applications but were subsequently exempted from licensure by this act."

C.  Section 32, ch. 2004-350, provides that "[a]ny person or entity defined as a clinic under s. 400.9905, Florida Statutes, shall not be in violation of part XIII of chapter 400, Florida Statutes, due to failure to apply for a clinic license by March 1, 2004, as previously required by s. 400.991, Florida Statutes. Payment to any such person or entity by an insurer or other person liable for payment to such person or entity may not be denied on the grounds that the person or entity failed to apply for or obtain a clinic license before March 1, 2004." Section 20, ch. 2004-298, creates substantially the same provision.

2Note.--Section 16, ch. 2004-298, amended subsections (1), (2), and (3) and paragraphs (7)(a) and (b) "[e]ffective upon this act becoming a law and applicable retroactively to March 1, 2004."

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