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FHCA Awards $3,750 in Long Term Care Scholarships

FHCA awarded $3,750 in scholarships to caregivers striving toward furthering their careers in the long term care field. Four caregivers received the Bruce Taylor Scholarship to advance their nursing careers, while two dietary supervisors received a Career Climb Scholarship to pursue a Certified Dietary Manager designation.

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Lakeland RN Honored as FHCA’s Registered Nurse of the Year

Teresa Thompson, Director of Nursing at Valencia Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center, has been recognized as 2023 Registered Nurse of the Year by the Florida Health Care Association. Thompson was honored at FHCA’s 2023 Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards ceremony.

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FHCA Prepares for 2023 Hurricane Season

With the 2023 hurricane season set to begin June 1, the Florida Health Care Association reminded Floridians about the storm response plans of long term care facilities, which are designed to ensure the safety of Florida’s nearly 70,000 nursing center residents and the staff who care for them. Facilities’ emergency response decisions will be guided by plans to address power…

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FHCA Commends Florida Legislature for Increasing Medicaid Funding to Advance Quality Nursing Center Care

FHCA today commended the Florida Legislature for recognizing that investments in funding to advance quality care will help Florida continue leading the way in meeting the long term health care needs of seniors and people with disabilities. The state FY 2023-2024 budget approved by lawmakers includes an increase in Medicaid funding for nursing center care in two areas: a $93…

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Florida Passes Measure to Create First-Ever Blood Clot Work Group

Today the Florida House of Representatives authorized SB 612 by Sen. Clay Yarborough/Rep. Dean Black, legislation that would require the Agency for Health Care Administration and the state Surgeon General to establish a policy workgroup to understand how blood clots and pulmonary emboli impact Floridians. The Workgroup would consider recommendations regarding standard of care guidelines and determine how many Florida…

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FHCA Applauds House on Approval of Qualified Medication Aides in Nursing Centers

FHCA today applauded the Florida House for unanimously approving legislation authorizing the use of Qualified Medication Aides (QMAs) in nursing centers. The addition of QMAs, as envisioned in SB 558 by Senator Colleen Burton/Representative Will Robinson, will free skilled nurses from the time-consuming task of routine medication distribution, enabling them to focus on higher-level caregiving to help improve patient outcomes.

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