LuMarie Polivka-West


LuMarie Polivka-WestLuMarie Polivka-West, MSP, joined the Florida State University Claude Pepper Center in October 2015 as a Sr. Research Associate (volunteer) and was elected a Fellow by the Gerontological Society of America in 2015. Her major areas of research include Medicaid managed long term care, and key issues related to federal and state regulations and financing of aging services and growing unmet needs.

Ms. Polivka-West retired after 23 years with the Florida Health Care Association, previously the Sr. Vice President for Policy and Program Development with responsibility for the planning and implementation of long term care related policies and programs, and staffing the former FHCA Quality Credentialing Program. Ms. Polivka-West is a past Florida Director of Licensure and Certification with the Agency for Health Care Administration, HRS Medicaid Program Development Chief and Aging Community-Based Services Chief with over 20 years in state government that included the OBRA implementation in 1987 at the Florida Medicaid Agency and the planning and implementation of Florida’s Medicaid Home and Community-based Waiver programs.


Issue Briefs:

Completed Research Support:

  • John A. Hartford Foundation grant, “Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness for Long Term Care Facilities.” (2006-2009)
    • Role: Principal Investigator. This project, awarded to the Florida Health Care Association Education and Development Foundation, produced an all-hazards nursing home emergency management guide and software for national use; developed and tested nursing home disaster training materials; convened two gulf coast state Hurricane Summits and two national transportation summits on emergency transportation for long term care facilities.
  • The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging grant, “Hurricanes and Long Term Care Facilities: Creating State Models for Legal and Regulatory Responsibility for Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery.” (2006-2007)
    • Role: Co-Principal Investigator with the University of South Florida. This project compiled and reported on the legislative requirements, regulatory processes, policies, and systems of emergency operations for long term care facilities in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina and Alabama. Draft model legislative language and policies for regulation and coordination of disaster planning operations to include input from long term care facilities at all levels of emergency planning were developed and disseminated.