Thursday, October 17, 2013

Margate Health Care Center hosts Rep. Waldman

Rep. Jim Waldman (D-96) toured Margate Health Care Center this week, meeting with residents and staff and thanking them for the work they do in running a "very impressive facility." He noted in particular that "the staff is very friendly and caring and that you all are obviously very proud to work here and it shows."

Administrator Tony Farinella had the opportunity to speak with the Representative about FHCA's legislative priorities, including the need for adequate reimbursement and Certificate of Need reforms that support nursing facility modernization. They also discussed Florida's long term care sector, including the average age of residents and the complexities of their care, as well as the volume of post-acute care the facility provides.

Pictured with Representative Jim Waldman is District Aide Melissa Burnos; Employees of the Month Award winners Linda Jones, LPN, and Judith Marsh, C.N.A.; and Administrator, Tony Farinella.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

FHCA supports move toward meaningful ALF reform

On Tuesday, the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee met and advanced SB 7000, the proposed committee bill that addresses assisted living facility reforms. Peggy Rigsby of FHCA testified in support of the bill, noting that passing meaningful ALF reforms is one of FHCA’s 2014 legislative priorities. As we’ve been reporting, FHCA staff and members have held numerous meetings with Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-33) and other legislators to discuss this issue.

Progress could already be seen by way of the shift in committee member discussions, as several legislators appeared to have a better understanding of distinction between nursing homes and ALFs and want a solution to holding unlicensed facilities accountable so they don’t tarnish the image of the entire long term care sector. It was clear lawmakers are looking to pass some form of ALF legislation this year, and FHCA will be taking the lead on this issue to ensure the rules are clarified and do not impose additional, burdensome regulations on licensed ALFs committed to delivering high-quality care.