FL ALFA Heralds the Signing of ALF Reform Legislation into Law by Governor Scott

Tallahassee, Fla. – FLORIDA ALFA (FL ALFA), the Florida chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America, today heralded the signing of meaningful ALF reform legislation, sponsored by Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) and Representative Larry Ahern (R-Seminole), into law by Governor Rick Scott. “With Governor Scott’s signature today, we are celebrating the final step in […]

Private Medicaid plans face sweeping new regulations under CMS proposal

The CMS has released a sweeping proposed rule (PDF) intended to modernize the regulation of Medicaid managed-care plans. The Medicaid managed-care population is growing rapidly, but the last regulation governing such plans was issued in 2002. In one provision that generated frustration among health insurers in the hours after the draft was posted, the CMS […]

Assisted living bill offers positive changes

After four years of delays and infighting, the Legislature has finally given Florida a chance to atone for letting elderly and mentally disabled citizens suffer in abusive assisted living homes. Lawmakers passed legislation that would give regulators new tools for monitoring and disciplining homes that do not measure up. The bill is far from perfect […]

In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Home Care May Lag

Promises of “decadent” hot baths on demand, putting greens and gurgling waterfalls to calm the mind: These luxurious touches rarely conjure images of a stay in a nursing home. But in a cutthroat race for Medicare dollars, nursing homes are turning to amenities like those to lure patients who are leaving a hospital and need […]