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Nursing home generator requirements challenged

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Pointing to “impossible” timeframes, an industry group has filed a legal challenge to new requirements by Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration that nursing homes and assisted-living facilities quickly install generators to power air-conditioning systems.

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Nursing homes look for answers on generator costs

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With time running out to comply with what could be a $240 million generator mandate handed down by Gov. Rick Scott, nursing-home administrators and long-term care lobbyists left a Tuesday meeting without an indication of what, if anything the state will do to help offset the costs.

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House won’t change nursing home reimbursement formula this year

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The House won’t pursue a proposal to change the way the state reimburses nursing homes caring for Medicaid patients — at least, not this year. They think the program is not quite cooked yet. “Although we like the idea of a prospective payment system … perhaps the calculations that were done in that study don’t meet all the needs,” Jason Brodeur, chairman of the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, told members Wednesday. He referred to a plan by Navigant Consulting Inc., under which the…

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Steve Bahmer: Nursing home care in Florida has come a long way in the last 30 years

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Since the early 1980s, when the state Agency for Health Care Administration conducted its last major overhaul of the Medicaid payment system for nursing homes, the quality of care in Florida nursing homes has vastly improved. Although there are still exceptions, Florida is no longer home to the flood of nursing home horror stories that Sunshine State residents heard so frequently, and from so many homes, in the early ‘80s. Improved regulatory oversight at AHCA and a payment system that…

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Personnel note: Robin Spillias to LeadingAge Florida

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Robin Spillias has been promoted to Director of Membership for LeadingAge Florida, the organization announced Thursday. Spillias will direct and coordinate all activities related to membership recruitment, retention, renewal, and benefits. “Robin is a problem-solver, an effective communicator, and a creative thinker,” LeadingAge Florida President and CEO Steve Bahmer said in a statement. “Her experience lends itself well to serving LeadingAge Florida’s member communities,” he added. “Robin’s interpersonal skills and passion, coupled with her background in marketing and public affairs,…

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Rick Scott is in a letter-writing mood

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Gov. Rick Scott has been on a tear lately, shooting off a series of letters to the feds. In the last two days, the governor sent letters to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell regarding Florida’s strained relations with the federal government. Scott sent the VA’s McDonald a letter on Wednesday thanking him for two things: providing Florida access to a survey report and accreditation of Veteran’s Nursing Homes. Scott expressed gratitude to McDonald for a follow-up to a…

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