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Florida Leads Nation in Earning National Distinction for Achievements in Delivering Quality Care

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is pleased to recognize 18 skilled nursing centers and two assisted living facility members across Florida which earned a 2019 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). Florida earned more Silver National Quality Awards than any other state in this award cycle, with…

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FHCA Members Earn Governor’s Gold Seal Award

Governor Ron DeSantis recently approved three FHCA members for the Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long-Term Care. These centers were recognized for demonstrating excellence in long term care over a sustained period while promoting the stability of the profession and facilitating the physical, social, and emotional well-being of nursing center residents.

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37 Florida Long Term Care Centers Recognized Nationally for Commitment to Quality Care

An impressive 37 long term care centers that are members of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) have earned national recognition for their commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The 37 members – 31 skilled nursing centers and 6 assisted living facilities (ALFs) – were among 590 long term and post-acute care providers in 48 states…

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Long-Term Caregivers Bring Message to Lawmakers: Florida Seniors Need Proper Funding of Nursing Home Quality Care in the State Budget

Nursing home administrators, frontline nurses, and other long-term caregivers will descend on the Florida Capitol Wednesday to ask lawmakers to renew the $138 million Medicaid funding increase approved last year to preserve quality care and protect caregiver jobs in Florida’s nursing homes. The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) members will show legislators exactly how much the loss of the increase…

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Coalition for Silver Solutions Announced

Three of the state’s leading organizations focused on the long-term care of Florida’s large and growing elderly population joined forces with legislators today to announce a new coalition aimed at placing seniors at the top of the legislative priority list. AARP, the Florida Health Care Association, and LeadingAge Florida have formed the Coalition for Silver Solutions, committed to developing short-…

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FHCA Statement on House Passing Bill to End Certificate of Need (HB 21)

The Florida Health Care Association disagrees with those who would include nursing centers in provisions of House Bill 21 eliminating the Certificate of Need process. We will continue to offer members of the House insights into the negative effects that will occur if this bad bill continues to move forward unaltered.

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FHCA Statement on SB 1088 - Modernizing Staffing

Nursing home care has changed dramatically since Florida implemented staffing standards in 2001. Senate Bill 1088 will modernize Florida’s staffing standards by recognizing the importance of the entire care planning team when it comes to the health and well-being of residents. We applaud Senator Albritton for giving centers the flexibility to best meet the needs of their residents.

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FHCA Statement on HB 21 - Certificate of Need

The Florida Health Care Association disagrees with the inclusion of nursing centers in House Bill 21. Thanks to the existing Certificate of Need process, Florida has attained a system that strikes the right balance, enabling a greater number of individuals to receive care in their own homes rather than institutional settings.

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FHCA gives over $41,000 to aid caregivers impacted by Hurricane Michael

FHCA recently presented a check for $41,400 to member employees whose centers were impacted by Hurricane Michael. The funds were spread among 138 caregivers in the Panhandle who applied for financial assistance to aid in their recovery efforts. Nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, dietary, housekeeping, maintenance and laundry staff, along with employees working in administration in 10 member centers…

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FHCA Scholarships Helping Long Term Caregivers Advance Their Careers

FHCA is pleased to have awarded 12 member employees with a combined $11,500 in scholarships from the FHC Education and Development Foundation. Both the Career Climb and Bruce Taylor Scholarships, awarded through the Foundation are helping member employees like Laquita Brunson, a CNA with Fletcher Health & Rehabilitation Center in Tampa, with advancing their careers in long term care.

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