Thursday, February 23, 2012

Patients Ahead of Paperwork Bill Passes House

FHCA is pleased to report that HB 621 by Rep. Jim Frishe (R-54), the Nursing Home Quality Efficiency Act, has passed unanimously out of the House of Representatives. Thanks to the collective work of our staff and lobby team, along with the hundreds of FHCA members who traveled to Tallahassee, for helping lawmakers understand how this legislation will put patients ahead of paperwork by eliminating some duplicative paperwork and reporting requirements.

Also passing out of the House was HB 943 by Rep. Doug Holder (R-70). This bill makes several fixes to the background screening law enacted in 2010, including a duplicative screening issue that affects DOEA direct-service providers and many of FHCA's assisted living facility members.

We're watching the Senate companions to both these bills as they make their way to the final committee stop and will keep you informed of their progress.

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