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FHCA Recommendations for Reopening Long Term Care Centers to Visitors

Florida Health Care Association shares the Governor’s desire to get our care centers back to a time when they can experience some form of normalcy. We know that families are anxious and looking forward to the day when they can wrap their arms around their loved ones. We also know our residents want their care centers to return to the…

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FHCA Statement in Response to Emergency Rule Requiring Hospitals to Test All Patients Prior to Transfer to a Long Term Care Facility

The key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 is adequate and timely testing, since we know the virus can be spread by people who don’t show any symptoms. We applaud the Governor for this latest emergency rule requiring hospitals to test all patients before they are transferred to our care centers. This ensures nursing centers will be able to make…

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Together We are Making Progress for Nursing Homes, But Our Work Is Far From Over

As Florida joins the nation in weighing the difficult question of how and when to reopen the country, it’s vitally important for everyone to remember that for many, including our long-term care facilities, the battle with COVID-19 is far from over. Our long-term caregivers are still on the frontline in the fight against this pandemic, and we are fortunate to…

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FHCA Statement in Response to Media Reports of Deficient Care at Monticello Facility

If the account in the news media is accurate, it is heartbreaking and frustrating that our elderly residents were subject to those shameful conditions by this operator. FHCA has hundreds of members whose top priority, always, is excellent care and the well-being of their residents. We want to tell Floridians the rest of the story where our state regulators worked…

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FHCA Statement in Response to Decision to Identify LTC Facilities with Positive COVID-19 Cases

It’s been clear since the beginning that Governor DeSantis shares our goal of protecting our state’s elders in this fight against COVID-19. All of us are working vigilantly to address the massive challenges this pandemic places on our caregivers who continue to remain focused on keeping their residents safe. Since the beginning, we have supported transparency to our residents, families…

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FHCA Updates Florida Legislature on Long Term Care Facilities’ Status During COVID-19

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) today provided a briefing to members of the Florida Legislature, updating lawmakers on the status of its member nursing centers’ and assisted living facilities’ response to the COVID-19 crisis. During the telephone briefing, FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed was joined by Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Mary Mayhew and members of FHCA’s Emergency…

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FHCA Announces Florida Hearts and Hands Program

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) today hailed a new state-approved program that will allow nursing homes to hire Personal Care Attendants to provide basic care services to their elder residents, freeing up more highly trained nursing professionals to provide more skilled care amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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FHCA Statement on Universal Face Mask Directive for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

We appreciate our state leaders for their ongoing support of our long term care centers as we remain focused on the essential task of keeping our residents safe. Despite these significant and meaningful efforts, there is great concern that many nursing homes and assisted living facilities are already at the point of exhausting their supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).…

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FHCA Statement on Governor Executive Order Regarding Visitation in Nursing Homes

“We thank Governor Ron DeSantis, AHCA Secretary Mayhew and Florida’s Division of Emergency Management Director Moskowitz for their support in communicating how critical it is to prevent COVID-19 from entering long term care centers. Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is encouraging nursing centers to implement the guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement stricter policies…

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FHCA Statement on Coronavirus

“The trained health care professionals at Florida’s nursing centers are taking the threat of Coronavirus most seriously, as the safety and well-being of residents and staff is always our highest priority. Our members are focused on minimizing the potential risks by boosting preventive actions and utilizing fundamental infection control protocols, including the use of eye protection, standard hand hygiene procedures,…

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FHCA Statement on Senate and House Budget Proposals

Funding and quality care go hand in hand, and we’re thankful the Legislature recognized that in the development of their initial budgets. Florida has an increasingly growing aging population, and both the Senate and House budgets are an important step toward meeting their long-term health care needs, whether in their home or in a nursing center when the time and…

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