Tying Staff Wages to Medicaid Rates May Help SNFs on the Brink, But CMS Blueprint Should be Flexible

While nursing home operators and industry trade groups appreciate the Biden administration’s proposal to use Medicaid as a tool to boost staff wages in the industry, some wonder if the federal government’s approach is too broad for an increasingly diverse industry. Facilities vary widely based on region and community demographics, company culture and size. Still, […]

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’s Nursing Home Generator Rule Finally Becomes Law

After months of legal wrangling and strong feelings on both sides, the state of Florida has finally enshrined its emergency power rules for skilled nursing facilities into law. Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a pair of bills that will require SNFs and assisted living facilities to have generators capable of maintaining a temperature of […]

Trade Group Pulls Opposition to Skilled Nursing Generator Rule

Citing a collaborative revision process with the state government, a major long-term care (LTC) industry trade group has withdrawn its opposition to a Florida rule that would require the use of backup generators in skilled nursing facilities. LeadingAge Florida formally rescinded its objection to the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)’s proposed rule last week, […]

Generator Rule Appeal Leaves Florida SNFs in the Dark

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and assisted living communities in Florida are scratching their heads over whether a controversial emergency generator rule from Gov. Rick Scott is still due to take effect, even after a judge struck it down last week. Scott’s order, issued on Sept. 16, gave SNFs and assisted living communities 60 days to install […]

Judge Strikes Down Florida’s Generator Rule for SNFs

A judge has ruled that Florida Gov. Rick Scott cannot order skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) or assisted living communities to install generators, citing lack of emergency conditions. Administrative Law Judge Garnett Chisenhall of Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings invalidated the rule on Oct. 27 on the grounds that Scott “failed to demonstrate the existence of an immediate […]

Fla. Representative Plans Federal Nursing Home Generator Bill

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Monday became the latest lawmaker to tackle emergency preparedness in skilled nursing facilities, announcing plans to introduce federal generator legislation. Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat who represents Florida’s 23rd Congressional district, rolled out the plan in a news conference that also featured family members of residents from the Rehabilitation Center at […]

Skilled Nursing Bulletins: Fla. Gov. Wants Constitutional Protections

With yet another storm affecting the Gulf Coast — this time Hurricane Nate — the Florida government continues to plan its response to the nursing home deaths in the wake of Hurricane Irma last month. Here are some of the latest updates: Gov. Rick Scott has called for an amendment to the state’s constitution that […]

LeadingAge Florida Strikes Back Against Emergency Power Timeline for SNFs

LeadingAge Florida struck back against the state’s quick-turnaround plan to require backup generators in nursing homes, saying the timeline is simply impossible to meet. The Tallahassee, Fla.-based group, which represents more than 100 non-profit skilled nursing facility and assisted living facilities throughout the Sunshine State, is seeking more time for its members to comply with […]

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, […]