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 […]

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 […]

Opinion: Nursing Homes Need to View Regulators as Partners — Or Perish

My job involves combing through Google Alerts in search of the latest filings and nuggets of news about the skilled nursing industry. Most are false positives — especially during the autumn, when my alert for “SNF” returns more information about the coming week’s Sunday Night Football matchup than skilled nursing facilities. But ever since I […]

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 […]

Four U.S. Senators Issue Bipartisan Call for Nursing Home Oversight

As the state still reels from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Florida’s two senators took steps to establish a national oversight committee for nursing home disaster preparedness. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson this week filed legislation that would create a National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters, a 15-member board that would help states implement emergency […]

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 […]