Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation will continue legal fight

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After withdrawing a case this week, a Hardee County rehabilitation facility plans to file another challenge to a state order that it discharge 50 residents, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation is expected within two or three weeks to again seek to invalidate a rule that state officials used in ordering the discharges, spokeswoman Lyndsey Cruley said in an email.

The institute withdrew a petition this week in the Division of Administrative Hearings because it said it did not have enough time to adequately prepare for a hearing. “FINR still firmly believes that this administrative rule is without merit and contradicts Florida statute,” Cruley said in the email. Inspectors from the Department of Health, the Department of Children and Families and the Agency for Health Care Administration went to the facility in August amid questions about the quality of care provided to residents, who have head injuries. The state followed up by directing the institute to discharge 50 residents.

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