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State Fines Assisted Living Facility In Hialeah Over Bedbugs

Mar 29, 2018
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State health-care regulators have fined a South Florida assisted living facility $1,000 for a bedbug infestation, according to state documents. 

Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Justin Senior issued a final order this week against Lake Erswin LLC, which operates as South Hialeah Manor, after agency inspectors reviewed the records of eight patients and found that three of them were affected by bedbugs. 

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Nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida will now be required to have power generators under new rules signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.

The rules require senior living facilities to install generators and fuel to power air-conditioning systems. Lawmakers passed the legislation after 12 residents of a Hollywood nursing home died during power outages in the days after Hurricane Irma passed over South Florida.

Facilities have until July 1 to comply.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be required to have generators and 72 hours of fuel after the Legislature agreed to ratify a pair of proposed rules sought by Gov. Rick Scott.

Nursing Homes, Safety Net Hospitals Win In Budget

Mar 9, 2018
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Nursing homes will get a $130 million bump in Medicaid payments, and residents who live in the facilities will get nearly a 25 percent increase in a monthly stipend they can use for personal needs, under a state budget deal finalized Thursday.

Under the spending plan, the state during the upcoming year would spend $37.1 billion across six state health-care and social-service agencies. Nearly $9.9 billion of that amount would be state general-revenue tax dollars, compared to the $9.4 billion during the current year.

Lawmakers Sign Off On Nursing Home Generators

Mar 6, 2018

Nursing homes will be required to have generators and 72-hour fuel supplies onsite by July 1, under a rule issued by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration and approved Monday by the Legislature.

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The state’s lawsuit against the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills continues with more hearings this week inside  a Broward County courtroom in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The Rehab Center is fighting Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to keep its license and reopen after 12 people died in sweaty and stifling hot conditions three days after Hurricane Irma made landfall in South Florida. 

Senate Could Sign Off On ALF Generator Requirement

Mar 2, 2018

The Florida Senate is going where the House won’t when it comes to generators. 

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Hurricane Irma may have slammed across South Florida almost six months ago, but some are still feeling the effects of the storm.  

 

Generator Rules Await Legislative Action

Feb 14, 2018

With time ticking on this year’s session, it’s not clear if Gov. Rick Scott is going to convince the Florida Legislature to ratify a pair of rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have backup generators.

Nursing Homes Get Boost In Senate Budget

Jan 25, 2018

Nursing homes would get a nearly 4 percent increase in what they are paid to treat frail, elderly Floridians, while $318 million in Medicaid funding would be redistributed among the state’s hospitals, under a proposed spending plan released Wednesday by a Senate budget panel.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham has paid Republican Gov. Rick Scott's office $1,200 for public records related to 14 nursing home patient deaths after Hurricane Irma.

Health Care Spending, Regulations Confront Lawmakers

Dec 27, 2017
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Battles over health-care spending and regulation of Florida's vast health-care industry are likely to command a great deal of time and attention when the Florida Legislature convenes in January for its annual session.

Lawmakers are again expected to engage in a tug-of-war about what type of regulations should be in place for health-care facilities, but a main focus will be on Florida's strained safety-net health program at a time of tight state finances.

Florida's Medicaid program already costs $26 billion and covers an estimated 4 million people.

New Generators Headed To Veterans' Nursing Homes

Dec 20, 2017

The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs is buying new generators for three of its long-term care facilities after legislative leaders approved $3 million for the purchase.

Thusday on Sundial:  Nursing homes in Florida have been in the national spotlight due to the tragedy at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, where 12 patients died as result of a power outage caused by Hurricane Irma.  

The next Florida legislative session is quickly approaching and on file are numerous bills that address many issues regarding nursing homes. The Sun Sentinel’s Dan Sweeney, who covers the  Legislature and statewide political issues, joins the program to talk about the future of standards and practices in assisted-living facilities in the state.

Nursing Home Asks Congress Not To 'Rush To Judgment'

Nov 21, 2017

Contending that media reports have been inaccurate and sensationalized, attorneys for The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills nursing home asked that a congressional committee avoid any “rush to judgment or invitation to usurp the judicial branch” about findings of guilt, innocence, liability or wrongdoing.

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