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Geographic service areas requirements

7.1 What counties can I serve with my nurse registry license?

All nurse registries must apply for counties contained in a single geographic service area. Nurse registries may apply for one or all of the counties (Except Broward County which is a single county geographic service area) within the specific Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) area boundaries:

AHCA Area Boundaries
Areas Counties
Area 1 Escambia, Walton, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa
Area 2 Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington
Area 3 Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee and Union
Area 4 Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia
Area 5 Pasco and Pinellas
Area 6 Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk
Area 7 Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole
Area 8 Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota
Area 9 Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie
Area 10 Broward
Area 11 Dade and Monroe

7.2 Where are the Agency field offices located and what areas do they cover:

There are eight Agency for Health Care Administration field offices. These are the offices that send out surveyors to nurse registries to conduct surveys or investigate complaints. Program related questions need to be directed to the Home Care Unit in Tallahassee (850) 412-4403. The field offices include the following locations:

Agency field offices
Field Office Geographi Service Area(s) Phone
Tallahassee Areas 1 and 2 (850) 412-4540
Alachua Area 3 (386) 462-6201
Jacksonville Area 4 (904) 798-420
St Petersburg Areas 5 and 6 (727) 552-200
Orlando   Area 7 (407) 420-2502
Fort Myers Area 8 (239) 335-1315
Delray Beach Areas 9 and 10 (561) 381-5840
Miami Area 11 (305) 593-3100

7.3 Can I open one or more nurse registries in a geographic service area?

If the nurse registry wants to open a separate office location in a different county within the AHCA geographic service area an initial application must be submitted to the AHCA Home Care Unit. The state law 400.506(1), F.S. says: “Each operational site of the nurse registry must be licensed, unless there is more than one site within a county.  If there is more than one site within a county, only one license per county is required.  Each operational site must be listed on the license.”

7.4 Can I operate a drop site for independent contractors to use to drop off paperwork and contact existing patients?

No. Drop sites are not allowed under nurse registry laws and rules. Any additional site(s) outside the county where the nurse registry is located must be separately licensed.