Florida Health Care Association

A walker rests beside a small nursing home bed.

Florida long-term care providers are getting a reprieve from having to pay more than $72 million in “assessments” to the state.

Medicaid Chief Says New Rule Would Be ‘Crippling’

Feb 13, 2020
The overall 4.14 percent enrollment increase is the biggest one-month jump since July 2015, when the state started publishing monthly Medicaid information online.

The administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis, a steadfast supporter of President Donald Trump, is raising concerns about a proposed federal rule that would strike a financial blow to the state’s Medicaid program if allowed to go into effect. 

Nurse escorts elderly man using walker
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The state’s largest nursing-home association sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis asking him to spare from a veto millions of dollars in Medicaid funding for long-term care facilities. Included in the proposed fiscal 2019-2020 budget is $15.5 million to enhance Medicaid payments to nursing homes. 

The Florida Health Care Association is against a Florida House bill that would eliminate the “certificate of need” process for healthcare facilities. Currently nursing homes are among the facilities that must demonstrate sufficient need in a location before building a new site.

Nursing Homes Seek Variances From Generator Requirement

Oct 15, 2017
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As industry attorneys waged a legal battle over new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can power air-conditioning systems, providers worried that they cannot meet the mandate by Nov. 15 are asking for variances from the rules.

Florida hospice providers are joining a call by nursing homes to preserve the so-called certificate of need process.

Senators Reject Major Health Regulation Change

Feb 18, 2016

With hospitals, nursing homes and hospice providers lined up in opposition, a Senate panel Wednesday rejected a proposed overhaul of a key regulatory process for new health-care facilities.

The Senate Health Policy Committee voted 8-1 to approve a bill that would protect nursing home investors from lawsuits if their facilities are accused of abuse and neglect, the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports.

The bill would limit liability to the nursing home’s owner and staff, leaving investors off the hook if the facility is sued.  Plaintiff's attorneys would, in return, get easier access to medical records.

The Senate unanimously approved a ban on texting-while-driving this morning, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The bill's next stop is the House.