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FHCA Recognizes Local Certified Nursing Assistant with Statewide Award

Florida Health Care Association is pleased to recognize Shae Brown, Certified Nursing Assistant at Haven of Our Lady of Peace of Pensacola, as the 2014 winner of FHCA’s CNA Essay Contest. This annual program is held in honor of National Nursing Assistants Week (June 12-19) and helps to raise awareness about the important role of Certified Nursing Assistants and their…

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FHCA Honors 2014 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Award Winners

Five nurses who represent the very best in long term nursing care in Florida have been honored by the Florida Health Care Association as recipients of statewide 2014 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards. The awards, which recognize nursing administrators, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants, were presented at a luncheon in St. Pete Beach.

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Florida Health Care Association Praises Lawmakers for Passing Care-Centered Budget

The Florida Health Care Association today praised state lawmakers for adopting a budget that makes Florida’s long term care residents a priority by preserving Medicaid funding for nursing home care and, for the first time in more than 25 years, boosting the personal needs allowance for nursing home residents.  “This year’s budget represents a strong commitment to Florida’s long term…

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Florida Health Care Association Hails Passage of Landmark Nursing Home Litigation Reform Bill

The Florida Health Care Association today praised the Florida House’s passage of SB 670, a landmark nursing home litigation reform measure that will bring fairness to the Florida court system and preserve investment in Florida’s nursing homes. FHCA urged Gov. Rick Scott to sign the bill into law to benefit the more than 70,000 Floridians served by nursing homes every…

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FHCA Expands Government Affairs Department

FHCA is pleased to announce the expansion of its Government Affairs Department with the addition of two new team members - - Carol Berkowitz, Esq., Associate Director of Government Affairs, and Melody Selis, Government Affairs Manager.

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FHCA Applauds House Passage of Certificate of Need Legislation

“The Florida Health Care Association applauds the Florida House of Representatives today for passing HB 287. The bill preserves the current Certificate of Need (CON) law, which promotes health care cost containment, encourages home- and community-based care, and prevents unnecessary duplication of long term care services.

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Bill Introducing Reasonable Lawsuit Limits Advances

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) today commended the House Civil Justice Subcommittee for supporting legislation that will bring fairness to Florida’s justice system by introducing reasonable limits to lawsuits against nursing homes. House Bill 569 by Rep. Matt Gaetz, along with its companion Senate Bill 670 by Sen. John Thrasher, will ensure that those who need redress have access to…

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Bills Focused on Quality Improvements for Florida’s Long Term Care Residents Advance

Florida Health Care Association, the state’s first and largest advocacy organization for long term care providers and the residents under their care, applauded the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee for advancing legislation focused on quality of care improvements for residents in Florida’s assisted living facilities. House Bill 573 by Rep. Larry Ahern provides for important reforms to Florida’s assisted living…

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Top Ranked Skilled Nursing Facilities on the Rise in Florida

U.S. News & World Report has named 205 Florida skilled nursing facilities to its “Best in Nursing Homes” list in 2014.  That amounts to nearly 30 percent of Florida facilities with a rating of five stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing facilities from which U.S. News…

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FHCA Praises Senate Health Policy Committee for Advancing Litigation Reform

Citing the importance of protecting nursing home care without sacrificing accountability, the Florida Health Care Association today praised Senator Aaron Bean, Chairman of the Senate Health Policy Committee, and Senator John Thrasher, sponsor, for their leadership in advancing SB 670, the Nursing Home Litigation Reform bill.

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