August 27, 2018
Florida health care clinics holding a certificate of exemption from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (“AHCA”) must renew their exemption certificate every two years, effective July 1, 2018. Health care clinic exemptions granted previously did not expire. Passed March 21, 2018, Section 59 of Senate Bill 622 amends s. 400.9935, F.S., changing health care clinic certificates of exemption from indefinite to a maximum of two years. Changing certificates of exemption from indefinite to a two year maximum was adopted to improve the integrity of the exemption process. Senate Bill 622 makes no changes to non-exempt health care clinic licensure, leaving health care clinic licenses valid for two years.
By way of background, the Florida Statutes define a clinic providing health care services and billing third party payers (e.g., Medicare or private insurance) as a health care clinic. The Florida Statutes require health care clinics to be licensed, unless an exemption applies. Health care clinic exemptions include ownership by a hospital, pharmacy, optometrist, or physician, among others. See
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