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After nearly 40 years, federal Ombudsman regulations are on the horizon

The United States Administration on Aging (AoA) recently announced plans to promulgate federal ombudsman program regulations. While the Older Americans Act (OAA) prescribes that each state establish and operate an ombudsman office, the lack of clear federal guidance (coupled with varying politically-driven interpretations of the OAA) has led to the creation of vastly different programs from state-to-state.

Two FL nursing homes added to ‘Special Focus Facilities’ list

The Tampa Bay Times revealed that the Lakeshore Villas of Tampa and South Heritage Health of St. Petersburg received the unflattering “Special Focus Facility” designation by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Recent inspections show that persistent regulatory non-compliance endangered residents’ lives. Inspectors will now double up on their surveys over the next 18-24 months to “motivate” these facilities into providing safe, quality care. In order for these nursing homes to “graduate” from the list, they must remain “problem-free” during this ramped up inspection cycle.

Florida “mocks” elderly and disabled ALF residents and their rights

Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs commenced “Negotiated Rulemaking” today in the wake of the Miami Herald’s award-winning investigative series that uncovered rampant abuse and neglect in far too many of Florida’s assisted living facilities. Unfortunately, this “rulemaking” is turning out to be nothing more than a mockery toward residents and their rights.

Nursing home sales demonstrate profitability

Only in the nursing home industry would someone pay exorbitant amounts of money for businesses that supposedly bleed millions of dollars in losses. According to a Senior Housing News report, two non-profit nursing homes for sale in New York are each losing gobs of money due to “reimbursement cuts” and “extremely onerous union contracts.”

FFBC Update 2-16-2012

Nursing home profits soar while residents suffer | Bad legislation on deck for FL nursing home residents

Comments to US Senate Special Committee on Aging

In wake of the Miami Herald’s investigative series that exposed abuse and neglect of Florida assisted living facility residents, the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging convenes hearing to explore additional regulatory measures to safeguard residents.