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Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 395
HOSPITAL LICENSING AND REGULATION
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F.S. 395.3038
395.3038 State-listed stroke centers; notification of hospitals.
(1) The agency shall make available on its website and to the department a list of the name and address of each hospital that meets the criteria for an acute stroke ready center, a primary stroke center, or a comprehensive stroke center. The list of stroke centers must include only those hospitals that attest in an affidavit submitted to the agency that the hospital meets the named criteria, or those hospitals that attest in an affidavit submitted to the agency that the hospital is certified as an acute stroke ready center, a primary stroke center, or a comprehensive stroke center by a nationally recognized accrediting organization.
(2)(a) If a hospital no longer chooses to meet the criteria for an acute stroke ready center, a primary stroke center, or a comprehensive stroke center, the hospital shall notify the agency and the agency shall immediately remove the hospital from the list of stroke centers.
(b)1. This subsection does not apply if the hospital is unable to provide stroke treatment services for a period of time not to exceed 2 months. The hospital shall immediately notify all local emergency medical services providers when the temporary unavailability of stroke treatment services begins and when the services resume.
2. If stroke treatment services are unavailable for more than 2 months, the agency shall remove the hospital from the list of stroke centers until the hospital notifies the agency that stroke treatment services have been resumed.
(3) The agency shall adopt by rule criteria for an acute stroke ready center, a primary stroke center, and a comprehensive stroke center which are substantially similar to the certification standards for the same categories of stroke centers of a nationally recognized accrediting organization.
(4) This act is not a medical practice guideline and may not be used to restrict the authority of a hospital to provide services for which it is licensed under chapter 395. The Legislature intends that all patients be treated individually based on each patient’s needs and circumstances.
History.s. 3, ch. 2004-325; s. 3, ch. 2013-93; s. 1, ch. 2017-172.