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The Florida Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee could be expanded in size and scope under a bill unanimously approved by the state House. 

Lawmakers Ready To Shift Regulatory Power To AHCA

Mar 18, 2019
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Lawmakers are poised to give the Agency for Health Care Administration complete rule-making authority over hospice care, assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes and adult day-care programs. 

Nursing Homes Seek Answers On Generator Costs

Sep 27, 2017
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With time running out to comply with what could be a $240 million generator mandate handed down by Gov Rick Scott, nursing-home administrators and long-term care lobbyists left a Tuesday meeting without an indication of what, if anything the state will do to help offset the costs.

Seniors Could Get Protections From Guardian Wrongdoing

Feb 24, 2016
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A bill aimed at better protecting elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians is speeding toward passage in the state Legislature.

The House on Tuesday took up the measure (SB 232), filed by state Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, and could give final approval as early as Wednesday. Senators this month voted unanimously to approve the measure, after a similar bill died during the chaotic end of the 2015 legislative session.

Lawmakers Seek To Shield Seniors From Shady Guardians

Oct 12, 2015
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A Southwest Florida lawmaker is renewing a push to better protect elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians who take control of seniors' assets.

Guardianship Bills Racing The Clock

Apr 28, 2015
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As lawmakers enter the final days of the regular legislative session, they have not resolved proposals aimed at shielding older Floridians from predatory private guardians who take control of the seniors' assets.

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Even as Florida nursing homes received an above-average score from a consumer group, questions continued to swirl around the departure of three of the leaders of the nursing home ombudsman program who had helped achieve the score. 

The Department of Elder Affairs, where the ombudsman program is housed, came in for sharp criticism in the past six weeks since it initiated an investigation of the ombudsman program's staff and volunteer leaders. The agency fired off a press release late last week defending itself against "an onslaught of negative press."

The revolving door is spinning at the Department of Elder Affairs' Long-Term-Care Ombudsman Program, with the departure of Deputy Director Don Hering on Monday just two weeks after Director Jim Crochet retired under pressure.

No explanation was offered for Hering's resignation. Crochet left after the department said he was under investigation -- no reason was given -- and placed him under administrative leave, ordering the staff not to communicate with him.

Florida's statewide Medicaid managed-care gamble gets officially under way on Thursday, beginning with thousands of the state's most vulnerable clients: low-income seniors too sick to get by without help.

If all goes according to plan, taxpayers will save money and frail elders will get preventive and well-coordinated care. They'll have the medical and social support they need to remain in their own homes or in the community, rather than in a nursing home.

The Department of Children and Families Deputy Secretary Suzanne Vitale ignored the recommendation of a negotiating team and chose the more expensive company to upgrade and run the Medicaid eligibility system, the Florida Current reports.