The recent release of Class I Florida hospitals from the grip of the Florida Certificate of Need office seems to have come and gone without much pomp and circumstance. However, this development leftover from 2019 allows providers to develop hospitals and apply for licensure without first obtaining a Certificate of Need from the state office.

Effective July 1, 2019 the Florida Certificate of Need process and requisite compliance reporting is no longer applicable to Class I hospitals and related services.

Class I Hospital classification includes:

  1. General acute care hospitals with an average length of stay of 25 days or less for all beds;
  2. Long term care hospitals, which meet the provisions of subsection 59A-3.065(34), F.A.C.; and
  3. Rural hospitals designated under Section 395, Part III, F.S.

If the time consuming and often cost prohibitive constraints of the CON process have held back or prevented hospital development for your organization to date, the road is now clear to achieve your expansion goals. The experts at Advis can help you determine the feasibility of your proposed hospital project; then we will assist you with the development and opening of your properly licensed Medicare certified hospital. For more information on these services, visit our feasibility, development and management page or contact us at 708-478-7030.

Published: December 30, 2020