Is Florida’s Assisted Living Bill a Model for the Nation?
A draft version of the AHCA released Thursday shows even deeper cuts to the program than the House version. The new AHCA is a lot like the old AHCA. After weeks of secret gestation in back rooms, the Senate released a discussion draft of the chamber's version of the American Health Care Act.
Florida nursing homes will be moving to a prospective payment system for reimbursement following Gov. Rick Scott's (R) signing of legislation Friday. The Florida Health Care Association had advocated for healthcare bill SB 2514, saying it improves cost-based nursing center reimbursement and puts money into direct care.
Florida is short on nurses. The state was more than 12,000 short in 2015, with additional vacancies arising this year. A new law, sponsored by state Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring) and backed by AARP, aims to expand the nursing workforce in Florida by joining with more than two dozen other states in a Nurse Licensure Compact.