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State health-care regulators have fined a South Florida assisted living facility $1,000 for a bedbug infestation, according to state documents.

Senate Could Sign Off On ALF Generator Requirement

Mar 2, 2018
WMFE

The Florida Senate is going where the House won’t when it comes to generators. 

WMFE

A proposed rule requiring Florida nursing homes to have backup power in the event of an outage advanced Tuesday in the Florida Legislature.

Generator Rules Await Legislative Action

Feb 14, 2018
WMFE

With time ticking on this year’s session, it’s not clear if Gov. Rick Scott is going to convince the Florida Legislature to ratify a pair of rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have backup generators.

As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida, Gov. Rick Scott gave out his cellphone number during a conference call with administrators of the state's nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Assisted Living Facilities Face $280 Million Tab For Generators

Nov 30, 2017
WMFE

Gov. Rick Scott's mandate that all assisted living facilities have generators and 96 hours of backup fuel will cost the industry about $280 million, according to estimates published Wednesday by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

Letters Rachet Up Nursing Home Regulatory Fight

Nov 19, 2017
Politico

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has consistently bemoaned unnecessary regulations on businesses, is escalating a legal and regulatory feud with the state's long-term care industry.

State Pitches Revamped Nursing Home Requirements

Nov 16, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott's administration is proposing a new, permanent pair of emergency power rules for nursing homes and assisted living facilities that differ from controversial emergency rules unveiled in September, but long-term care providers still have concerns.

Lawmakers Eye Hurricane Health Care Issues

Nov 12, 2017

Though she's concerned that emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and 96 hours of fuel supplies were vague, a leading House Republican said Thursday that state health-care agencies should move ahead with implementing a pair of permanent rules.

Judge Rejects Emergency Generator Rules

Oct 29, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday vowed to immediately appeal an administrative-court order invalidating a pair of emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and enough fuel to cool buildings for 96 hours.

CVS Health hiked its dividend, tightened its 2016 earnings forecast and repeated its message of patience, as the nation’s second largest drugstore chain laid out its growth expectations on Wednesday.

As Dean Cole's dementia worsened, he began wandering at night. He'd even forgotten how to drink water. His wife, Virginia, could no longer manage him at home. So after much agonizing, his family checked him into a Minnesota nursing home.

Florida has the largest percentage of seniors in the United States, and officials expect that number to grow as more baby boomers reach the retirement age. With that in mind, lawmakers are looking to fix the state’s assisted living industry, which has been riddled lately with stories of neglect and abuse. 

A Jacksonville group home operator was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and negligence of disabled adults when deplorable conditions at his facility were discovered, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Law enforcement officials across this week are accusing health care workers and caregivers of abusing the elderly and disabled, according to several Florida media reports

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration is reopening its investigation of a St.

St. Lucie County will be the site for a new nursing home for military veterans, the News Service of Florida reports. Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet also indicated that they may be considering another new nursing home next year because of high occupancy rates at existing facilities. The new facility will be the seventh veterans’ nursing home in the state and will serve 11 counties on the east coast, the News Service reports.

While Florida legislative leaders identified reform of the assisted-living industry as a priority, the ALF package failed for a third year, the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau reports (paywall alert). Why?

The Florida Senate unanimously passed its bill (SB 248) early in the session. The House version (HB 573) got held up under heavy lobbying by the industry, according to Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.

Some people wanted the big bill of the 2014 legislative session to be Medicaid expansion, accepting federal funds to cover the low-income uninsured. Indeed, interfaith groups were still running phone banks and staging demonstrations up to Friday, the last day of the session.

But it was clear even before the 2014 Florida Legislature opened two months ago the measure would be ignored. Instead, lawmakers spent a lot of time debating ways to stretch the supply of primary-care providers as demand increases.

A top state official overseeing Florida’s assisted living facilities has a new job in that industry.

No one questions that assisted living facilities need to be regulated - or if they do question it, they’re being quiet about it. But there’s disagreement on how the regulation should be carried out, especially how much the fines should be.

South Florida's Assisted Living Facilities were the subject of a series of 2011 Miami Herald reports alleging lax oversight and abuse of residents in several South Florida facilities. Now, years later, Florida lawmakers are inching closer on bills cracking down on the industry.

Private care homes could be a popular alternative to nursing homes in the next decade, especially with more people with geriatric care experience retiring to Florida.  The cost is one advantage, as is the more personalized home atmosphere.  However, the private care homes are the only long-term elder residences not currently regulated by the state, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.  While the model coul

The Legislature passed a bill imposing some mild constraints on religious homes and boarding schools for children following an expose last year, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The homes still don't have to have state licenses, but the Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies will have to disclose abuses to the state.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a measure that would raise the bar higher for people seeking punitive damages from nursing homes, the Florida Times-Union reports.

 

 

At the Capitol: School Safety, Prisons, ALFs

Jan 16, 2013

Florida is spending $64 million this year on a “Safe Schools” program, but school boards want $100 million more, according to The Florida Current.  

The Senate Education Committee Tuesday invited three county school superintendents to talk about what’s currently being done to keep schools safe and suggest ways to make schools safer.