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FHCA Statement on Ill-Advised Legislation (HB 655)

Representative Edwards and Senator Farmer have put forth glaringly bad legislation that would wipe out 10 years of thoughtful progress carefully crafted by numerous past legislators. Only trial attorneys would be so over reactive and overreaching with their proposals, which would do nothing to solve the real issues of keeping our most frail residents safe during disasters.

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FHCA Statement on AHCA/DOEA New Permanent Generator Rules

Florida Health Care Association thanks the Governor, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) for considering several of our recommendations for strengthening emergency procedures in nursing homes and assisted living facilities (ALFs). The new rules proposed by AHCA/DOEA appear to contain a number of provisions put forth by FHCA in public testimony before…

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FHCA to Lawmakers: Look Beyond Generators with Nursing Home Disaster Procedure Legislation

In testimony to the House Select Committee on Hurricane Preparedness, Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) chief lobbyist Bob Asztalos urged lawmakers to look beyond issues related to emergency generators as they consider legislation dealing with nursing home procedures in disasters.

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CRC Proposal Would Weaken Protections for Nursing Home Residents

“Some things simply do not belong in the Florida Constitution, which is the core document that sets out the basic structure of our government. With a glaringly bad proposal, one Constitution Revision Commission member would wipe out more than 30 years of meaningful and thoughtful progress designed to ensure that nursing home residents have the right to quality care and…

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FHCA Presents Recommended Changes to Emergency Power Plan Rules at Agency Rule Workshops

Today, Florida Health Care Association testified before the Agency for Health Care Administration during a workshop to address the proposed Emergency Power Plan Rules for nursing centers and assisted living facilities (ALFs). In his statement, FHCA Chief Lobbyist Bob Asztalos presented a number of modifications to the emergency rules (requiring generators) that would strengthen the emergency procedures in nursing centers…

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FHCA Requests Negotiated Rulemaking on Nursing Home/ALF Emergency Power Plans

Today, Florida Health Care Association requested that the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) promptly initiate negotiated rulemaking pursuant to Florida Statutes 120.54(2)(d)1. Use of this process will allow the agencies to bring together long term care providers, representatives from generator companies, engineers, fuel experts, local emergency management personnel and our federal partners…

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FHCA Statement on Emergency Power Plan Ruling

Florida Health Care Association has consistently voiced its support of the Governor’s goal to ensure that residents are kept safe and cool during disasters. It was for this reason that, despite a timeline that posed significant challenges for our members to meet, FHCA chose not to challenge the Governor’s emergency rule. Rather, we made the choice to work with the…

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Joe Mitchell Elected to American Health Care Association Board of Governors

Joe Mitchell, Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) Immediate Past President and CEO of Summit Care, has been elected to the American Health Care Association (AHCA) Board of Governors for the 2017/2018 term. Joe will represent Florida as an At Large member of the Board of Governors and will bring his innovative and visionary leadership to issues impacting long term care…

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FHCA Pledges Support For Nursing Home Plans, Urges Reasonable Approach

FHCA today affirmed their commitment to working with Governor Scott and the Legislature to take appropriate steps to protect frail residents of skilled nursing centers from the impacts of natural disasters. In a statement FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed said, “Governor Scott has taken the right course by asking state agencies to begin a rulemaking process so each skilled nursing…

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Florida Long Term Caregivers Stand By to Support Puerto Rico

Florida Health Care Association is saddened by the unfolding tragedy befalling the people of Puerto Rico. We applaud Governor Scott for bringing the same kind of leadership he exhibited during Hurricane Irma to the island and its citizens. Once again, the caregivers in FHCA’s member centers continue to show their dedication and heroism as long term care professionals. Many of…

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