Multiple States Take Steps to Shield Nursing Homes From Liability Amid COVID-19 — But Rules Vary

Health care providers across the continuum have grappled with major challenges in providing care for patients with COVID-19, and several states have taken steps to shield them from lawsuits related to care provided during the national emergency. Skilled nursing facilities are often included in those liability protections, but the extent to which the protections apply […]

Florida Operators Face Stiff Competition, Steep Costs to Meet Emergency Rules

As the Atlantic hurricane season kicks off, skilled nursing providers in Florida have been working to meet the requirements of the state’s new nursing home generator law. There have been hurdles along the way. The law, first proposed in the wake of the deaths that followed Hurricane Irma at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, became […]

Florida Nursing Homes Agree to Softened Rules on Backup Power

The Florida skilled nursing industry has collectively agreed to a modified rule that requires operators in the state to have access to backup electricity sources in the event of a power outage. The decision concludes months of discussion among skilled nursing providers and the state legislature regarding a rule proposed by Gov. Rick Scott following […]

Florida Lawmakers Push Granny Cams in New Bill

A “granny cam” provision has been tucked into a bill under consideration in Florida, following the deaths of 13 skilled nursing residents in due to a power outage after Hurricane Irma. Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Plantation) and Sen. Gary Farmer (D-Fort Lauderdale) filed the legislation Tuesday in the Florida House and Senate, respectively. The Florida deaths […]

Skilled Nursing Bulletins: Aftermath of Hollywood Deaths

News about the nursing home deaths in Hollywood, Fla. continues to unfold, with each day bringing more information about the scene inside the facility — and the longer-lasting impact that the tragedy at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills will have on the skilled nursing industry as whole. The latest: Industry leaders met at a […]

Florida Issues Emergency Update to Disaster Prep Rules for SNFs

The state of Florida this week announced new emergency preparedness rules for skilled nursing facilities, as officials continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. SNFs in the Sunshine State will now need to prove that they have enough fuel to power a backup generator for 96 hours, keeping ambient temperatures below 80 degrees for […]

Skilled Nursing Facilities in Crisis Mode as Hurricane Irma Batters Florida

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in Florida and elsewhere in the Southeast are facing an enormous test. Hurricane Irma forced an unprecedented number of evacuations prior to making landfall in Florida early Sunday morning, with the storm’s size and severity creating complications as SNFs executed their emergency plans. Irma is expected to weaken by Monday morning, […]

Florida to Overhaul Skilled Nursing Medicaid Payment System by 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law this week a health care bill that will bring a prospective payment system (PPS) to skilled nursing providers for Medicaid, but a statewide trade group says it has several issues with the legislation that it hopes to address before it takes full effect in 2018. Under the new law, […]