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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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Death of common sense: State forcing Lakeland hospice to shut down over clerical error

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Time after time, hospice has proven to be a godsend for patients, families and loved ones. Hospice allows individuals to die with dignity, to finish lives without the pain, loneliness and fear that often accompanies death. Outside the sterile environment of a hospital, hospice patients are free from the regimen of invasive procedures typically associated with the (ultimately futile) attempt to prolong life. With the invaluable role of hospice in quality end-of-life care, why then has the State of Florida ordered…

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Horrible news: Jim King moved to Hospice

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We received news today that Senator Jim King has been moved to hospice. While I have no inside information about this development, usually a move to hospice is not a good thing. I’ve thought a lot about Senator King in the last few months. He was among the first politicians I met when I came to Florida. I consider him to be one of the good guys. My experiences interviewing Senator King have always been exceptional. The first time we…

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