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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:
|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 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:
|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.