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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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FHCA Members: Disaster Ready, Committed to Resident Safety

Emergency preparedness – including the safety of our residents and staff – is a priority for Florida Health Care Association and the more than 550 nursing centers we represent. Over the past year, 1,500 of these dedicated long term care professionals took part in disaster trainings – from community-based discussions and disaster drills to educational seminars that focused on all…

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Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit

The Florida Health Care Association and LeadingAge Florida will host a Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit in Tallahassee on Friday, September 22. The Summit, which welcomes leaders from the long term care profession, will include experts who will discuss Florida’s nursing centers and the unique level of care required for residents during natural disasters. In addition, Summit speakers will also…

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FHCA Statement on Gov. Emergency Rule

The Florida Health Care Association and LeadingAge Florida support Gov. Rick Scott’s intent to increase generator capacity to help harden nursing care centers even more effectively against disasters. We look forward to working with the Governor, the Legislature, and regulators to discuss how these meaningful goals can be achieved timely and reasonably, including implementation, funding support and regulatory procedures for…

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Nursing Home Power Updates

“Florida Health Care Association continues to receive updates from nursing homes throughout the state, including some that had not been able to report to us previously. This is a rapidly developing situation and we will update this statement to reflect the most recent information we receive.

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