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Recovery care centers re-emerge in Florida House

Lawmaker from St. Johns County files bill that would allow licensure of recovery care centers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A long-debated proposal that would allow health-care facilities known as recovery care centers has re-emerged in the Florida House for the 2020 legislative session.

Rep. Cyndi Stevenson, R-St. Johns, filed a bill (HB 827) last week that would allow the licensure of recovery care centers, where patients could stay up to 72 hours after undergoing surgery in hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers.

The bill says recovery care services would be “postsurgical and post-diagnostic medical and general nursing care provided to a patient for whom acute care hospitalization is not required and uncomplicated recovery is reasonably expected.”

House Republican leaders have repeatedly pursued the recovery-care center idea in recent years, but the Senate has not gone along.

The 2020 legislative session starts Jan. 14.