Yesterday, Governor Rick Scott proposed a $83.5 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The Governor’s budget provides full funding for nursing center Medicaid rates as projected by the December 7, 2016 Social Services Estimating Conference. The budget also directs AHCA to implement the Nursing Center Prospective Payment System as recommended by the Agency/Navigant.
The budget also includes additional funds for AHCA to improve the
Background Screening Clearinghouse, which will speed up the hiring
process for new employees.
It's important to note that hospitals are subject to over $929
million in cuts to Medicaid rates under the proposed budget as a result
of the removal of inflationary adjustments, the elimination of
supplemental payments for charity care to not-for-profit hospitals and
by allowing Medicaid managed care plans to negotiate lower rates for
FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed thanked Governor Scott for his
continued support of quality care and services for Florida's frailest
elders. "We appreciate him fully funding Medicaid for nursing center
services and for initiating the dialogue on the creation of a
Prospective Payment System, said Reed. "In addition, his 'Fighting for Florida’s
Future' Budget will help to further streamline the background screening
process, allowing qualified employees applying at our centers to enter
the long term care workforce faster so they can more quickly begin
caring for residents."
On a broader level, the Governor’s budget recommends $618 million in
tax cuts, including sales taxes on commercial leases, a sales tax
exemption on college textbooks, a 10–day sales tax holiday for school
supplies, and a nine-day disaster preparedness sales tax holiday. For
details on the Governor’s FY 2017-18 budget, click here.