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Health Facilities -- Licensure & Regulation

Area Offices
Health Quality Assurance has eleven area offices that serve as local liaisons to providers. The area offices offer facility quality assurance services to Florida's 67 counties.

Certificate of Need and Financial Analysis
The Certificate of Need (CON) program is a regulatory process that requires certain health care providers to obtain state approval before offering certain new or expanded services.

Emergency Resources

Field Operations
Field Operations directs facility inspections, which evaluate factors such as:

Health Care Clinic Unit
The licensure of health care clinics by the Agency for Health Care Administration was authorized when Governor Bush signed the Health Care Clinic Act in 2003. The Agency's health care clinic licensure and exemption process replaces clinic registration that began in late 2001 at the Department of Health (DOH).

Home Care Unit:

Hospital & Outpatient Unit
The Hospital and Outpatient Services Unit (HOSU) is responsible for licensing, registering, and regulating hospitals, outpatient and health care service facilities. The unit regulates 16 diverse facilities, providers, suppliers, and programs as follows:

Laboratory Licensure Unit
The Laboratory Unit of the Agency for Health Care Administration administers programs for the licensure of Clinical Laboratories, Drug-free Workplace Laboratories, Multiphasic Health Testing Centers (MHTC), and Organ and Tissue Procurement Agencies in the state of Florida.

Assisted Living Unit
The Assisted Living Unit of the Agency for Health Care Administration administers programs for the licensure of Adult Day Care Centers, Adult Family Care Homes, and Assisted Living Facilities.

Background Screening
Provides screening services for health care providers in Florida currently licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Long Term Care Unit
The Long Term Care Unit administers programs for the licensure and certification of Nursing Homes, Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled, Homes for Special Services, Transitional Living Facilities, and Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Centers.

Facility Data Analysis Unit
Risk Management and Patient Safety staff conduct in-depth analyses of reported incidents to determine what happened and how the facility responded to the incident. Program staff work closely with risk managers to identify best practices implemented in response to an incident and actions taken to prevent incidences from re-occurring.

On-Line Reporting
Portal for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities to submit, via the Internet, mandated reports for adverse incidents, liability claims, staffing, and available beds.

Managed Health Care
The Bureau of Managed Health Care plays an important role in AHCA's mission to champion accessible, affordable, quality health care for all Floridians through the oversight and monitoring of a variety of programs. HMOs, or Health Maintenance Organizations, provide prepaid health services and place emphasis on preventive health care through effective quality and cost controls. The Bureau has regulatory authority over both

Plans and Construction
The Office of Plans and Construction is primarily responsible for ensuring that hospitals, nursing homes, and ambulatory surgical centers and Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF/DD) are safe, functional, and provide safety-to-life for the patients and residents.