For many healthcare-related businesses in our state, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) requires a license to operate. The licensure process is often confusing and fraught with unexpected delays.Contact us
The initial application is not limited to new or startup businesses; AHCA considers any healthcare business that is previously unlicensed to be an initial applicant. This submission requires a Proof of Financial Ability to Operate to accompany the application.
This is a two-year financial projection that must be compiled and signed by a certified public accountant. AHCA requires financial data to follow a templated format and be accompanied by an accountant’s summary of assumptions and accounting policies.
Change in ownership occurs when an AHCA licensed healthcare business sells or transfers ownership to a different individual/entity of 51% or more of the ownership (controlling interest of the licensee). AHCA must be notified of this change at least 60 days prior to the effective date of ownership change. This submission must also be accompanied by a Proof of Financial Ability to Operate.
After an AHCA application is submitted, the AHCA reviewer may find deficiencies in the application that must be clarified or corrected. The applicant is given 21 days to respond. Failure to respond within the required timeframe can result in the application being withdrawn from consideration and denial.
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