Amendments to Florida Statutes Provide Clarification for Urgent Care Centers

Fla. Stat. § 395.002 has been amended to define "Urgent Care Center" as a facility that provides "immediate but not emergent ambulatory medical care to patients with or without an appointment." It further clarifies that the emergency department of a hospital would not be considered an urgent care center.

Additionally, Fla. Stat. § 395.107 was created to require urgent care centers to publish a schedule of charges to their patients and to detail what that schedule must contain, including prices charged to uninsured persons, that it must provide the charges for at least the 50 most frequently provided services, and that the schedule must be posted in a conspicuous place in the reception area. The fine, as provided by this new statute, for failing to publish and post a schedule of charges by an urgent care center, is up to $1,000 per day until the schedule is published and posted.

 

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