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FHCA and FALA Announce Strategic Partnership to Strengthen Long Term Care in Florida

Today, the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) and Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA) announced a strategic partnership between the two statewide organizations that will result in enhanced services and supports for Florida’s nursing centers, assisted living facilities and the residents entrusted to their care. The FHCA-FALA “Caring Together” partnership will leverage the expertise of both associations, which represent a combined…

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Federal Staffing Home Mandate Will Impede Florida’s High-Quality Care Progress, Undermine Existing Staffing Standards

FHCA strongly opposes the final nursing home staffing mandate announced by the Biden Administration today. “At a time when Florida’s long-term care profession is working tirelessly to overcome the labor challenges, this impossible and unfunded mandate will make it harder to recruit long-term care workers and ensure Florida seniors have access to the specialized and person-centered services they need.”

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FHCA Applauds Florida Legislature for Making Significant Investment in Florida Nursing Centers

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) today applauded the Florida Legislature for providing a significant Medicaid funding increase that will help nursing centers continue advancing quality care through a strengthened workforce. The state FY 2024-2025 budget approved by lawmakers today includes an 8% increase ($247.8 million) in Medicaid funding, which amounts to nearly $470,000 per center per year.

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Florida House Proposes 4% Medicaid Funding Increase for Nursing Center Residents

Today, the Florida House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee announced the Chair’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2024-2025, which includes a $123.9 million (4%) increase to Florida’s nursing centers and their residents. “Thank you to Speaker Renner, Appropriations Chair Tom Leek, and Health Care Appropriations Chair Garrison for acknowledging the importance of investing in our state’s nursing centers. If we do…

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Who will care for Florida’s growing senior population?

Each day, over 1,200 people move to Florida – a rate far higher than any other state in the nation. As more and more individuals make the decision to call Florida home, we as a state must prepare for the growing number of seniors that will be in our care. Florida’s long-term care centers are grappling with a severe workforce…

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FHCA Member Testifies to Lawmakers on Workforce Crisis: ‘Staffing shortage can’t be solved overnight.’

The Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy, chaired by Senator Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland), held a workshop and panel discussion Tuesday on healthcare workforce challenges. Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) member Jennifer Lawrence, Chief Nursing Officer for Aston Health, joined the panel discussion to offer her insight into the nursing home workforce shortage and present innovative solutions to strengthen Florida’s healthcare…

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FHCA Announces 2024 Florida Leaders

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is pleased to announce the 2024 Class of FHCA Florida Leaders. FHCA’s Florida Leaders program is a year-long training for emerging long term care leaders that focuses on leadership development and quality improvement principles to advance the profession and enhance the care being provided in Florida’s skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.

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FHCA Partners with Florida Community Care to Launch Rising Long Term Care Leader Scholarship

FHCA today announced a partnership with Florida Community Care to provide funding for a new scholarship that will support individuals with a career goal to become a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. The FHCA Rising Long Term Care Leader Scholarship program will provide financial assistance to individuals enrolled in an Administrator in Training (AIT) in a Florida skilled nursing center.

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FHCA Announces 2024 Class of Executive Nurse Leadership Academy

FHCA has announced the 2024 Class of the Executive Nurse Leadership Academy. FHCA’s Executive Nurse Leadership Academy involves a three-day intensive training, informative webinars and programming designed for rising nurse leaders within the profession, including Directors of Nursing (DON), Assistant Directors of Nursing (ADON) and other clinical leaders working in Florida’s long term care centers.

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