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Florida’s 2022 AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award Recipients Announced

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) has announced that 13 Florida skilled nursing centers and 1 assisted living facility are recipients of the 2022 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. These 14 Florida recipients, all of them Florida Health Care Association members, are among the 180 long term care providers in 40 states that…

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Florida Health Care Association Commends Governor DeSantis for Prioritizing Florida’s Nursing Centers in State Budget

The Florida Health Care Association today applauded Governor DeSantis for prioritizing Florida’s nursing centers and their residents in the state budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The budget includes a 7.8% increase in Medicaid reimbursement for nursing centers, will allow nursing centers to increase their employee pay and will also help address the nursing shortage through an allocation of $120…

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FHCA Prepares Nursing Centers for 2022 Hurricane Season

With hurricane season fast approaching, FHCA today released storm response plans for long term care facilities, designed to ensure that the association’s more than 600 nursing centers are fully prepared and capable to handle the upcoming season. The plans are designed to ensure safety for Florida’s nearly 70,000 nursing center residents and the staff who care for them, as well…

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FHCA Applauds Legislature for Funding the Front Line of Care in State Budget

FHCA today applauded the Florida Legislature for prioritizing Florida’s long term caregivers and the residents entrusted to their care. Specifically, the state budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year includes a 7.8% increase in Medicaid reimbursement for nursing centers, which amounts to an additional $293 million in funding – approximately $419,000 per care center.

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FHCA Thanks Florida Legislature for Prioritizing Nursing Center Residents’ Needs with Passage of HB 1239, Urges Governor to Sign Into Law

FHCA today thanked the Florida Legislature for passing HB 1239, which will modernize nursing center staffing so residents can receive more of the specialized care they need. The legislation would allow the work of highly-trained specialists to be added to the activities of other long term facility staff in meeting staffing standards.

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FHCA Commends Senate Committee for Putting Nursing Center Residents at the Center of Care

FHCA is grateful to Senators Passidomo and Albritton for their leadership on this commonsense legislation, which will strengthen providers’ ability to meet the unique care needs of Florida’s aging seniors and individuals with disabilities. This legislation reflects the commitment of state leaders to support Florida’s nursing centers as they continue working to overcome historic staffing challenges.

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FHCA Praises House for Prioritizing Resident-Centered Care in Nursing Centers

“House Bill 1239 would allow skilled specialists to work alongside Certified Nursing Assistants in providing top-of-the-line, individualized care for our residents,” said CEO Emmett Reed. “FHCA is grateful that the Legislature recognizes how resident needs have changed since standards were last updated 20 years ago, and hopes lawmakers will continue to support efforts to prioritize personalized care.

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FHCA Praises House for Taking Dynamic Steps to Address the Long Term Care Labor Crisis

FHCA today thanked the Florida House of Representatives for providing much-needed funding for centers to make investments in their staff and the residents entrusted to their care. Through these important proposals, the House has shown its commitment to giving today’s health care workers the opportunity to thrive and grow while building up opportunities for the next generation of caregivers.

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FHCA Hails Passage of COVID-19 Liability Protections

FHCA applauds the House for passing SB 7014 and sending it to the governor. The legislation will provide health care workers with necessary protections by extending COVID-19 liability measures originally passed last year to help long term care centers address the pandemic and focus their resources on resident care.

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Staffing Modernization Bill Advances House Committee

FHCA today applauded the House Finance & Facilities Subcommittee for advancing HB 1239, which modernizes the staffing standards in Florida’s nursing centers to enhance care for residents. Staffing requirements established years ago no longer meet today’s circumstances, and we appreciate Rep. Melo and members of the Committee for recognizing that it’s time for the standards to be modernized,” said FHCA…

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