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FPL, Broward Battle Nursing Home Subpoenas

Nov 17, 2017

Arguing they should not have to turn over documents, Florida Power & Light and Broward County have been battling subpoenas from a Hollywood nursing home where residents died after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air-conditioning system.

Nursing Homes Seek State Money For Generators

Nov 14, 2017

Florida's largest nursing-home association has one question as the 2018 legislative session approaches: Will the state help foot the costs of generators at nursing homes?

Some Nursing Homes Erroneously Targeted On Power Rules

Nov 13, 2017

Six nursing homes were erroneously included in an announcement Wednesday by Gov. Rick Scott's administration that 23 nursing homes had not complied with an edict about having generators to keep residents safe.

Lawmakers Eye Hurricane Health Care Issues

Nov 13, 2017

Though she's concerned that emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and 96 hours of fuel supplies were vague, a leading House Republican said Thursday that state health-care agencies should move ahead with implementing a pair of permanent rules.

Fate Of Generator Requirement Unclear In Legislature

Nov 3, 2017

Though Gov. Rick Scott wants to require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and enough fuel to cool their buildings for 96 hours, legislative leaders on Thursday didn't publicly commit to supporting such a mandate.

Two groups representing nursing homes and assisted living facilities want a Florida appeals court to block the actions of the administration of Gov. Rick Scott.

Uncertainty Surrounds Generator Rules Amid Appeal

Oct 31, 2017

Long-term care providers are receiving conflicting messages about whether they have to comply with a Tuesday deadline in a state attempt to require emergency generators, but an administrative law judge says he doesn't have the power to help clear up questions.

Judge Rejects Emergency Generator Rules

Oct 30, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday vowed to immediately appeal an administrative-court order invalidating a pair of emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and enough fuel to cool buildings for 96 hours.

After 14 people died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills following Hurricane Irma, the ongoing question of what to do about nursing home regulations at the federal level has been answered. At least, by one lawmaker. 

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced on Monday that she is planning to file a  bill, and if it is passed she says it will strengthen how rules for nursing homes are enforced around the nation. 

Court Backs Scott On Emergency Generator Rules

Oct 20, 2017

A Tallahassee-based appeals court Thursday gave a victory to Gov. Rick Scott in one part of a legal battle about emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to quickly add generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

More Variances Sought On Nursing Home Generators

Oct 17, 2017

At least 21 more long-term care providers have filed requests for variances with the state Agency for Health Care Administration as they seek additional time to comply with Gov Rick Scott's mandate that they add generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

At first there was no hint of distress in the 911 calls, no sense of a crisis unfolding. But newly released emergency calls from a sweltering Broward County nursing home that lost its air conditioning to Hurricane Irma showed staffers becoming increasingly agitated by a disaster that would eventually claim 14 elderly lives.

Nursing Homes Seek Variances From Generator Requirement

Oct 16, 2017

As industry attorneys waged a legal battle over new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can power air-conditioning systems, providers worried that they cannot meet the mandate by Nov. 15 are asking for variances from the rules.

Bill Seeks Priority For Nursing Home Power Restoration

Oct 9, 2017

A House Republican on Friday proposed a measure that seeks to ensure power restoration for nursing homes and hospitals is a priority after hurricanes and other emergencies.

Broward Nursing Home Expands Lawsuit Against State

Oct 6, 2017

A Broward County nursing home has expanded a lawsuit challenging moves by Gov. Rick Scott's administration that effectively shut down the facility after residents died following Hurricane Irma.

Proposal Seeks To Ensure Nursing Home Air Conditioning

Oct 3, 2017

Amid continuing fallout from the deaths of residents of a Broward County nursing home after Hurricane Irma, a key state senator has filed a bill that would seek to prevent lengthy air-conditioning outages at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

A second industry group has filed a legal challenge against an effort by Gov. Rick Scott's administration to require nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to quickly install generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

Floridians are concerned that not enough is being done to care for and protect the state’s growing elderly population, according to a survey from the University of South Florida and Nielsen released Tuesday.

Nursing Homes Say Adding Generators 'Huge Challenge'

Sep 25, 2017

Florida nursing-home officials made clear Friday they think it is unrealistic — if not impossible — to carry out a demand by Gov. Rick Scott that facilities quickly install generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

Dozens Of Nursing Homes Still Lack Power

Sep 15, 2017

Dozens of nursing homes continued Thursday to lack electricity or had been evacuated because of Hurricane Irma, as the state grappled with the deaths of eight residents of a Broward County facility that did not have air conditioning.

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