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Gov. Scott signs bill allowing shuttered Lakeland hospice to reopen

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On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill allowing the Lakeland hospice closed by the state over a paperwork error a chance to reopen. The governor signed HB 441, which allows Compassionate Care Hospice (CCH) on Drane Field Road access to an expedited process to reapply for its license with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The new law lets the process begin immediately. HB 441, sponsored by state Sen. Denise Grimsley of Sebring and state Rep. Ray Rodrigues…

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House sends Gov. Scott bill creating City of Panacea & another that keeps Compassionate Care Hospice running

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The Florida House sent Gov. Rick Scott five bills on Tuesday for consideration, including a measure that would give a hospice an expedited process of getting a license to resume operating. Compassionate Care Hospice in Lakeland didn’t renew its license and state healthcare regulators ordered it to close down in March. The company claims to have mailed its license renewal on time but the state said it didn’t receive the paperwork and that the facility could not operate without a license. HB 441…

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Gov. Scott gets bill to reopen Lakeland hospice closed by paperwork error

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A Lakeland hospice forced to close by the state over a paperwork error is near reopening by way of a bill passed last week by the Florida Legislature. On Friday, both the Senate and House passed HB 441, giving Compassionate Care Hospice (CCH) on Drane Field Road access to an expedited process to reapply for its license. The process can begin once Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill into law. Sponsored by state Sen. Denise Grimsley of Sebring and state Rep.…

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Amended bill on House floor could save Lakeland hospice from closure

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A Lakeland hospice threatened with closure by the state could be saved by a bill making its way through the Florida Legislature. On Tuesday, Estero Republican state Rep. Ray Rodrigues will introduce an amendment to HB 441, with legislative language to help Compassionate Care Hospice on Drane Field Road to continue serving terminally ill patients. Earlier this year, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration accused CCH of not submitting required license renewal paperwork by a February deadline. With that, the…

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Lakeland hospice under threat does ‘right thing,’ continues to pay employees and provide services to patients

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Compassion can be a powerful force, especially when it is a company doing the right thing for employees and clients. Despite threats of law enforcement action and regulatory sanctions, a Lakeland Hospice ordered to close by the state over a “disputed clerical error” is still taking care of its personnel and terminally ill patients. Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has accused the Compassionate Care Hospice on Drane Field Road of not submitting license renewal paperwork by a February deadline.…

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Hospice ordered to close over ‘clerical error’ denied appeal by AHCA

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Florida may be known for its warm weather, but lately a cold wind has been blowing from the state bureaucracy. A Lakeland Hospice ordered to close over a “disputed clerical error” has lost its initial appeal for a hearing with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Last week, Compassionate Care Hospice on Drane Field Road filed a request with the AHCA to set aside a cease and desist order. The facility, which serves Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties, is asking the state to…

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AHCA seems determined to shut down hospice facility despite good-faith effort

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A hospice care group is facing imminent revocation of its license to administer services in Florida on a technicality, despite concerns over the interruption of care administered to terminally ill patients who rely on its delicate work. The state Agency for Health Care Administration has denied Compassionate Care Hospice‘s motion to stay a disruption in payment to the group pending appeal, though AHCA has the discretion to continue to allow the group to operate without interruption under state law. The crux of AHCA’s rejection…

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