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Danger Ahead? Proposal Would Slash Nursing Home Oversight

Yesterday, Florida’s House Appropriations Committee debated Representative Daniel Perez’s  (R-Miami) HB 731, a voluminous bill, that, by all appearances, would seem to be a rather innocuous agency proposal.   But nothing could be farther from the truth.   Snuggly nestled into page seven of the 90-page bill  (lines 153-175), is a proposed revision...

Florida Alert! A 'Good Fix' to Proposed 'Direct Care Workers' Legislation

This morning, Florida's Senate Health Policy Committee adopted Senator Albritton's amendment to his proposed "Direct Care Workers" legislation (SB1676).   The "strike all" amendment:  Deleted the delegation of medication administration to nursing home caregivers, Clarified "paid feeding assistant" training to comply with federal law and standards; and...

FLORIDA UPDATE: State Orders Nursing Home to Find New Owners, Or Else

In September, Families for Better Care reported that Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration imposed a Moratorium on Admissions against the Crestwood Nursing Center in Palatka after state inspectors discovered serious health care violations that caused residents “injury, harm, impairment, or death.”   The state’s emergency action was meant to...

Florida Alert! Legislative Onslaught is 'Direct Attack' on Nursing Home and Assisted Living Residents and Their Rights

Florida lawmakers have launched a direct attack on residents living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities through a slew of veiled deregulation bills. Even the good ideas we've highlighted in this update are little more than sugar coating to make these bills supposedly easier for us to swallow.   Passage of any of these nefarious bills will almost certainly...
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