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As our healthcare team prepares to participate in the Florida Health Care Association’s (FHCA) Annual Conference in our hometown, Orlando, Fla., we applaud Florida’s Governor Rick Scott for signing important bills into law–positively affecting the long term care profession.

We’ve all heard the news stories and there’s no doubt nursing home neglect and abuse is on the rise and an important concern throughout the U.S. FHCA reports, by 2020, 12 million Americans will need long term health care. Although a nursing home accepting Medicaid is bound by federal regulations outlining the standard of care required, the reality is abuse and neglect is still an issue and groups like FHCA are working hard to affect change and protect their profession.

Here are the details of the bills provided by FHCA:

Nursing Home Litigation Reform

CS/CS/SB 670 (effective immediately)
This law introduces realistic and responsible limits to lawsuits against nursing homes and will:

  • Ensure residents can pursue lawsuits against those directly at fault for negative events, while preventing claims against passive investors and others who have nothing to do with the incident.
  • Require a trial court to hold a hearing and weigh admissible evidence before a punitive damage motion can move forward, clarifying the process without changing any standards.
  • Utilize the regulatory process to ensure that judgments are paid by giving the state Agency for Health Care Administration the authority to revoke the license of any nursing home operator who doesn’t pay a final judgment, arbitration award or settlement.
  • Establish a workable framework for providing appropriate medical records to family members.

 

CS/CS/SB 1012 (effective July 1, 2014)
This law states that a financial institution is not civilly liable to a third party for the actions or operations of a person solely by virtue of extending a loan or a line of credit to such person.

FHCA is the state of Florida’s first and largest advocate for Florida’s long term care providers and the residents they serve. We are looking forward to the Annual Conference and sharing how PowerDMS is the perfect software solution to augment pro-long term care legislation, by serving as a central repository for all policy, certification and regulatory document to serve as proof of compliance. It’s one more tool in your facility’s toolbox to protect against costly lawsuits and help long term care facilities reach operational excellence.

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