Friday, March 24, 2017

FHCA Provider Program - March 24, 2017

During week three of the legislative session, FHCA members held a successful Lobby Wednesday, making visit to lawmakers on key long term care priorities. Other members traveled to Washington, DC, to protect Medicaid funding at the federal level.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Statement In Response to Agency for Health Care Administration Analysis of SB 682

Statement in Response to Agency for Health Care Administration's (AHCA) Bill Analysis of SB 682 by Emmett Reed, FHCA Executive Director

"While we respect the Agency, it has completely missed the point by failing to recognize that our proposal would apply only to those Floridians whose frail condition prevents them from using the less costly home- and community-based care options. AHCA’s figures are based on an assumption of what it would cost the state IF individuals who received home- and community-based services during certain times had instead been cared for in a nursing center. But that’s not how the system works, and it’s not what Senator Stargel’s bill does. 

Senate Bill 682 focuses solely on exempting long-stay nursing center residents. There are no savings to be realized in a home- and community-based setting for these individuals. Their health and medical needs can be addressed only in a nursing center, and they cannot be safely cared for in a home or a community-setting. The state will save almost $68 million when these long-stay residents are exempted from the managed care system, because it will eliminate the redundancy of the managed care administrative and case management fees – which duplicate services and support that is already provided by the nursing center’s interdisciplinary team of social workers, nurses, and other clinical staff."

Friday, March 17, 2017

FHCA Provider Program - March 17, 2017

Members from Gulf Coast Health Care joined FHCA for our first Lobby Wednesday. Hear about their activity at Florida's Capitol, advocating for long term care priorities in support of their residents.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

FHCA Issues Statement on House Budget Exercise - Protect Medicaid Funding for Nursing Center Care

FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed issued the following statement regarding the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee budget exercise which, in the first scenario, held nursing centers harmless from Medicaid funding cuts. The second scenario proposed a $75 million funding cut to nursing center care.

"We appreciate that Chairman Brodeur didn’t include us in their first tier of budget cuts; however, a $75 million reduction to nursing centers’ Medicaid reimbursement represents a significant threat to Florida’s long term care sector. Medicaid already underfunds our state’s nursing centers by $14 per patient per day, or almost $325,000 per center annually. High quality care and adequate funding go hand in hand, and with nearly 60 percent of the residents in our centers depending on Medicaid to cover their long term care needs, our state’s nursing centers simply can’t sustain any more reductions. We hope the House recognizes the importance of preserving Medicaid funding for nursing center care and keeps our funding intact when the final budget is released."