April 25, 2014

Ambulatory Surgical Centers /Recovery Centers Overnight Stay

House Bill 573, relating to the health of assisted living facility (ALF) residents, by Representative Larry Ahern (R-Seminole), was amended previously to include overnight stays for ambulatory surgical centers and established a new licensure category for recovery care centers. The bill passed in the House chamber and will now be sent to the Senate for consideration. The first part of the bill pertains to ALFs and would make regulatory changes to address quality of care. The provisions related to ambulatory surgical centers change the length of stay from the requirement to discharge the patient by midnight on the day of the operation to permit an overnight stay up to 24 hours following admission. The bill would also create a new entity known as a recovery care center that would provide post-surgical, post-medical and general nursing care to patients and, as amended, keep patients for up to 72 hours. FHA opposes this bill due to concerns about quality, as well as the negative impact on existing hospitals and nursing homes.