Friday, March 28, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
FHCA applauds House leadership and bill sponsors for their support
“The Florida Health Care Association applauds the Florida House of Representatives today for passing HB 287. The bill preserves the current Certificate of Need (CON) law, which promotes health care cost containment, encourages home- and community-based care, and prevents unnecessary duplication of long term care services.
“As the state’s first and largest advocacy organization for long term care providers and the residents under their care, FHCA commends bill sponsor Rep. Frank Artiles for his foresight in anticipating the needs of Florida’s senior citizens.
“As more Florida baby boomers transition to retirement, it is appropriate for the state to take critical steps like those outlined in this good legislation to continue our leading role among America’s most senior friendly states. With this bill, seniors in need of nursing facility care will have a high-quality setting that promotes person-centered care.
“The long term care demographics of our state have changed over the years, and Florida’s nursing facilities need to be ready to care for seniors when they can no longer care for themselves. This bill will provide incentives that will allow renovation or replacement of Florida’s aging facilities and the movement of nursing home beds to match those changing demographics. The provisions will assist facilities in providing the technology upgrades and other enhancements that ensure they are equipped to meet residents’ current and future needs for high-quality care.It is an excellent step forward.”
Monday, March 24, 2014
Nursing home litigation reform will be voted on the Senate floor this Wednesday, March 26. SB 670 by Sen. John Thrasher will provide for responsible legal reforms that will help preserve much-needed investment in Florida's nursing homes and help them maintain the financial resources needed for resident quality care.
Please TAKE ACTION and contact both your Senator and Representative and ask them to vote YES on this bill, and its House companion- HB 569 by Rep. Matt Gaetz, when they are heard in the Senate and House chamber, respectively. Click this link to enter your zipcode, find your legislator in each chamber and e-mail them with our pre-printed message.
Help FHCA advocate for responsible nursing home litigation reform that will ensure vital financial resources are preserved for resident quality care.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
FHCA needs your help in contacting your legislators to ask them to support the House position, which does not contain a troublesome provision that directs the Agency for Health Care Administration to create a consumer website about ALFs that includes an anonymous comment section. We agree consumers should have access to information that helps them compare ALFs and make informed choices about appropriate facility placement. However, an anonymous comment section is inappropriate when it offers nothing to prevent disgruntled employees, competitors or others from posting negative comments with no recourse to verify the information for accuracy.
Click here to enter your zip code and find your legislator. Use our helpful, pre-written message to contact your Representative and Senator today. Ask them to take the House position in passing meaningful ALF reforms.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The legislation is the product of an historic agreement between FHCA, the state’s first and largest advocacy organization for long term care providers and the residents under their care and the trial lawyer group, the Florida Justice Association, and is supported by AARP. It
“This legislation is about protecting nursing home care without sacrificing accountability, and we are extremely grateful to Rep. Gaetz and Sen. Thrasher for their leadership in bringing common sense to all sides,” said FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed. “It properly safeguards the interests of nursing home residents, while giving Florida’s many outstanding nursing homes the assurance that they can continue to provide a high level of care to their residents without fear of excessive litigation.”
The legislation will:
- Ensure that residents can pursue lawsuits against those directly at fault for negative events, while preventing claims against passive investors – banks, creditors, property landlords and others - who have nothing to do with daily care decisions.
- Give the Agency for Health Care Administrator the authority to revoke the license of any nursing home operator who doesn’t pay a final judgment, arbitration award or settlement and prevents operators from transferring that license to any related party during the judgment process.
- Require the Court to hold a hearing and weigh admissible evidence before a punitive damage motion can move forward, clarifying the process without changing any standards.
- Establish a workable framework for providing appropriate medical records to family members.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
“We’re grateful to Rep. Larry Ahern for his strong leadership in developing a bill that promotes ALF accountability without imposing unnecessary regulatory burdens, while at the same time preserves resident quality care and a level of independence these individuals expect from their ALF home,” said FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed, applauding the bill sponsor and the committee for advancing this important legislation.
The committee also passed HB 91 by Rep. Ken Roberson, which streamlines the Florida Long Term Care Ombudsman program.
“Florida’s ombudsman volunteers play an important role in resident quality of life,” Reed said. “FHCA appreciates Rep. Roberson for introducing this good bill. A focused approach for Florida’s Long Term Care Ombudsman program that fosters open lines of communication between volunteers and long term care providers is in the best interest of residents, whose highest quality of care is always our first priority.”