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Rules 59A-4.1265, F.A.C. for Nursing Homes
and 58A-5.036, F.A.C. for Assisted Living Facilities

  • Emergency power plan is part of the comprehensive emergency management plan.
  • Support internal temperatures of 81 degrees or less and for 96 hours.
  • Local emergency management agencies review emergency power plans for compliance, then notify AHCA; must correct deficiencies in 10 days.

For more information about Rule 59A-4.1265, F.A.C., Emergency Environmental Control for Nursing Homes, visit the Long-Term Care Unit webpage.

For more information about Rule 58A-5.036, F.A.C., Emergency Environmental Control for Assisted Living Facilities, visit the Assisted Living Facility webpage.

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  • Was launched on November 28, 2017.
  • Displays estimated costs for consumers at the national, state, and county level--with facility level price estimates coming in 2018.
  • Published prices are calculated based on data collected from hundreds of thousands of paid health care claims in Florida.
  • Care bundles represent the typical set of services a patient may receive for a particular condition.
  • Designed with multiple integration points to be used in combination with FloridaHealthFinder.gov provider and quality information.

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COMING IN 2018

     A paperless solution for facility providers to submit construction project applications and plans for review and approval required by law: s. 395.0163, s. 400.232, s. 400.967, and s. 400.6051, Florida Statutes.

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AHCA's Regulatory Reform Legislative Package Becomes Law on July 1, 2018

     CS/CS/SB 622, Health Care Facility Regulation, clarifies statutory requirements and allows AHCA and regulated providers to operate more efficiently, improving the business climate in Florida. The new law removes regulations that are either out-of-date or duplicative, while also adding some regulations to keep pace with changing industry standards. While there are too many exciting changes to list, a couple of highlights are:

  • Eliminates state licensure for clinical laboratories. AHCA will continue to inspect and certify laboratories under federal Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments standards.
  • Eliminates risk management licensure, but maintains the requirement that hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers hire qualified staff to oversee risk management programs.
  • Repeals obsolete provisions for hospital programs, removes duplicative references in home health licensure, requires an existing home health agency to maintain accreditation to offer skilled nursing services, clarifies exemptions.
  • Closes loopholes related to unlicensed activity.
  • Creates a home health agency certificate of exemption.
  • Requires the renewal of health care clinic certificate of exemptions.

Medicaid Program Integrity
Has Joined HQA

     The Bureau of Medicaid Program Integrity (MPI) fulfills federal and state laws by operating as a fraud, abuse, and waste prevention and detection program that oversees Medicaid provider activities to ensure that fraudulent and abusive behavior occurs to the minimum extent possible.

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     An online status tracking and availability tool which replaced FLHealthStat for reporting information regarding licensed health care facility emergency status, beds, planning, or operations, as required by Section 408.821(4), Florida Statutes.

Licensees providing residential or inpatient services must utilize ESS to report information to AHCA regarding the provider's emergency status, planning, or operations.

Allows providers to report a variety of information and impact on their facility as a result of an event including but not limited to:

  • Emergency contracts
  • Operational status
  • Power and utility status
  • Evacuation details
  • Damage and needs
  • Census and ability to accept evacuees and patients

For more information about ESS and registration please visit: AHCA Emergency Activities.

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  • As of July 1, 2018, contractors with access to patient living areas, funds, or personal property who work more than 20 hours per week, skilled nursing unit personnel, and persons with an ownership share of 5% or more in a facility are now required to undergo Level 2 background screening.
  • The expiration of employee retained fingerprints began January 1, 2018.
  • VISA is now available in the Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse! VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and e-check are available for all transactions through the Clearinghouse including payment for Resubmissions and Clearinghouse Renewals.

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  • Per s. 429.23, Florida Statutes, required adverse incident reports can now be electronically submitted for ambulatory surgical centers, assisted living facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, and health plans.
  • User-friendly features include checkmark confirmation when a section has been completed, help icons, system generated email reminders to users, and the ability to produce reports from the system.