nursing homes

People complain about nursing homes a lot: the food's no good or there's not enough staff, and so on. It's a long list. But the top complaint, according to the federal government, is eviction from a nursing home.

Technically, it's known as involuntary discharge, and in 2015 it brought in more than 9,000 complaints. Now, a couple of states are looking for ways to hold nursing homes accountable for unnecessary evictions.

Some nursing home representatives are cheering the delay of a state legislative proposal that would have changed how Medicaid funds flow to assisted living facilities in Florida.

Right now, facilities bill the state for care and are reimbursed. The plan would allott the homes a flat rate.

House, Senate Back Funding For Vets’ Nursing Home

Apr 18, 2017

Lawmakers appear to have agreed on money needed to get a long-awaited state veterans' nursing home underway.

Senate Democrats are huddling to discuss proposed changes to nursing home funding.  Nick Evans reports the chamber’s spending plan alters the way Medicaid dollars flow to facilities.

Nursing Homes, Hospice Dropped From ‘CON’ Repeal

Apr 7, 2017
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In a victory for nursing-home and hospice groups, a House committee Thursday scaled back a bill aimed at repealing controversial regulations on building health-care facilities.

Florida Senate budget chiefs Wednesday greenlit a spending plan that includes a new formula for reimbursing nursing homes.

Opponents say the proposal would cut Medicaid dollars for top performing homes, while proponents argue it’ll result in a more equitable distribution of state funds.


Nursing Homes Fight Repeal Of ‘Certificate of Need’ Process

Feb 21, 2017

As Florida's 2017 legislative session prepares to start March 7, the debate about repealing what is known as the "certificate of need" regulatory process has expanded to include nursing homes and hospice facilities — and has touched off a new wave of lobbying by industry groups.

South Florida is home to some of the grayest counties in the country, and as more seniors face critical decisions about where and how they live, questions about what programs seniors can take advantage and the kind of care available in Southwest Florida are common.

Nursing Home Exemption Sought In Medicare Managed Care

Feb 14, 2017

With the nursing-home industry lobbying for changes, a Senate Republican has proposed exempting some nursing-home residents from the statewide Medicaid managed-care system.

AHCA, Nursing Homes Disagree On Managed Care Change

Jan 11, 2017

A top official at the Agency for Health Care Administration on Tuesday objected to a nursing-home industry proposal to exclude some seniors from the state's Medicaid managed-care program.

When Looking For A Nursing Home, Your Hospital May Offer Little Help

Dec 20, 2016
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At age 88, Elizabeth Fee looked pregnant, her belly swollen after days of intestinal ailments and nausea. A nurse heard a scream from Fee’s room in a nursing home, and found her retching “like a faucet” before she passed out.

The U.S. Department of Justice has settled a lawsuit with the nation’s largest private nursing home company.

Florida Justices Reject Arbitration In Nursing Home Case

Sep 23, 2016
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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a lawsuit about injuries suffered by a nursing-home resident should not be sent to arbitration.

State Wins Lawsuit In Placement Of Kids In Nursing Homes

Sep 22, 2016
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A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a case filed by the U.S. Department of Justice that alleged Florida had improperly placed children with disabilities in nursing homes.

Judge Sides With AHCA On Alachua County Nursing Home

Sep 19, 2016
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An administrative law judge Friday upheld a decision by the state Agency for Health Care Administration to approve a new 103-bed nursing home in Alachua County, rejecting a challenge from a competing nursing home firm.

Rising Obesity Puts Strain On Nursing Homes

Dec 15, 2015

At 72, her gray hair closely shorn, her days occupied by sewing and television, Wanda Chism seems every bit a typical nursing home patient — but for her size.

A shortage of nursing home space across Florida will be helped by the addition of almost 1,000 more new beds.

 Nearly thirty companies will be competing to build new nursing homes in Florida. And with 1,700 applications for only about 500 new beds, competition will be fierce.

Florida just ended a 15-year moratorium on new nursing home construction.

Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek said this could be the last big round of new nursing homes because of a cap.

  A hospital and nursing home in Hollywood may be on the auction block soon as its owner and former CEO is in federal prison for Medicare fraud, the South Florida Business Journal reports. 

While more than a dozen nursing homes in Florida have stopped prescribing antipsychotic medications to dementia patients, and the percentage of nursing home residents in Florida being prescribed the risky, mood altering drugs has fallen to 21.2 percent, doctors at nursing homes in Volusia and Flagler counties continue to prescribe the drugs at high rates, an investigation by the Daytona Beach News-Journal reveals. 

 

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A budding bipartisan deal to shelter physicians from Medicare cuts, championed by the House's two top leaders, is drawing powerful allies including the American Medical Association and a rainbow of conservative and liberal groups.

  More than two dozen nursing home companies are suing the state for being passed up on building new homes in Florida. It could take the rest of the year to sort out winners and losers.

The court process could take six to nine months to play out, which would delay when patients could access the new beds. Check here for a list of the companies suing and the initial documents.

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The Agency for Health Care Administration on Friday announced it will let 22 new nursing homes open across the state, and will allow another 11 existing facilities to expand.

The highly competitive bid process ends Florida’s 14-year ban on new construction.

Orlando Senior Health Network, owner of Orlando Lutheran Towers, was one of the winners. CEO Alicia Labrecque said the companies will be able to build space for 2,600 nursing home beds.

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Nursing home beds have been in short supply in Florida for more than a decade.

But the Agency for Health Care Administration on Friday will authorize its top picks to add another 3,100 spots across the state.

The end of this 14-year moratorium can’t come soon enough for Lillian Lara of Orlando.

Her 87-year-old father fell in December and, after a hospital stay, he’s had a bed in the short-term rehabilitation section of The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers.

Nursing Homes Graded On Tougher Scale

Feb 16, 2015

Starting immediately, the federal government is making it harder for nursing homes to get top grades on a public report card, in part by increasing scrutiny of their use of anti-psychotic drugs and raising the bar on an array of quality measures.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants money to start planning to build the state's eighth and ninth nursing homes for veterans.

Scott will announce Monday that he is asking for $7.4 million from state legislators. Scott wants the money to help build a recently-approved home in St. Lucie County as well as two additional homes.

Groundbreaking on the nursing home in St. Lucie County is scheduled to begin later this year. No sites have been chosen for the next two.

Florida's Supreme Court is criticizing insurance agents and others trying to help families of nursing home residents apply for Medicaid assistance, the News Service of Florida reports. A Florida Bar committee asked the court to rule on what it calls an unlicensed practice of law, while critics say the Bar is too broadly defining the role of Medicaid planners, the News Service reports.

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.

Dudek: Nursing Home Push May Spur Suits

Nov 20, 2014
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There’s a shortage of nursing home beds in Florida, and companies are flooding the state with applications to build. With hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, courts may have to sort out the winners and losers.

It’s been 13 years since the Florida Legislature put a hold on building new nursing home beds because of rising costs in the state budget.

That moratorium expired this year, and 163 companies are competing to build more 3,100 new nursing home beds in Florida.

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.

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