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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Health Policy Committee to Vote on ALF Deregulation Bill

Senate Bill 402, a bill that has been called a "needless concession" to the assisted living industry, is scheduled to heard in the Health Policy Committee tomorrow .   The committee will meet from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at 412 Knott Building at the state capitol building in Tallahassee. While Families for Better Care believes there are elements of the...

ADVOCACY ALERT: Florida Ombudsman Abruptly Resigns; Lawmaker Seeks to Deregulate Florida’s Assisted Living Facilities

The Miami Herald  is reporting that Michael Milliken abruptly resigned as Florida's State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, a position he held for nearly three years.  Department of Elder Affairs’ officials offered no explanation as to Mr. Milliken’s sudden departure last month other than offering a copy of his resignation letter.  His resignation knocks the wind out...

Florida Stops Admissions at South Florida Assisted Living Facility

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Mary Mayhew suspended admissions at the Livewell at Courtyard Plaza, a 120-bed assisted living facility located in Miami, after determining that facility operators had repeatedly “overlooked” the “regulatory mechanisms” designed to keep residents safe from harm. The 16-page final order showed how Livewell...

Families for Better Care Submits Comments on Proposed Nursing Home Regulations

Families for Better Care Executive Director Brian Lee submitted the following comments to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding  "Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Efficiency, and Transparency."   Mr. Lee called the proposed regulatory revisions  "eerily reminiscent of much of the same water cooler jargon...
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