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Florida Center for Nursing will reopen and begin tracking staffing shortages

| Sep 17, 2021 | Florida

The Florida Center for Nursing (FCN) will establish a partnership with the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa to track nursing shortages and potential solutions, WUSF Public Media announced last week. A USF College of Nursing faculty member will be selected as FCN’s interim executive director until the center...[ Read More ]

FHCA responds to report on high Florida nursing home COVID rates

| Sep 17, 2021 | Florida

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) released a statement on Thursday in response to a September update from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) COVID-19 Dashboard, which documents case, vaccination, and death rates in Florida’s nursing homes. FHCA represents approximately 700 long-term care facilities across Florida.     According...[ Read More ]

Q&A with VACSB director Jennifer Faison on supporting community health

| Sep 17, 2021 | Virginia

Jennifer Faison is the executive director of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB) which oversees 39 CSBs across the Commonwealth and the Behavioral Health Authority. Faison has advocated for Virginia’s behavioral health workforce — not just at state hospitals but the services embedded in the community as well,...[ Read More ]

Four Med-QUEST state plan amendments accepting public comment

| Sep 16, 2021 | Hawaii

Four new amendments to the Hawai‘i Medicaid State Plan are accepting public comment until early October. Med-QUEST administrator Judy Mohr Peterson presented the amendments to the Med-QUEST Health Care Advisory Committee for review on Wednesday. Committee members included Dr. Elizabeth Char, Director of the Hawai‘i Department of Health, Dr. Ron...[ Read More ]

Statement from State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA

| Sep 10, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) applauds President Biden’s initiatives, announced September 9, to meet the growing challenge of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, which is now powering a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the United States and in Virginia. With the U.S. averaging close to 150,000 cases and...[ Read More ]

FHCA CEO commends President Biden's COVID vaccine mandate expansion

| Sep 10, 2021 | Florida

Florida Health Care Association Chief Executive Officer Emmett Reed released a statement supporting President Biden’s Thursday announcement of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate expansion for all Medicare and Medicaid-certified health care settings.      “We appreciate the Administration and CMS for listening to the concerns about a federal mandate that only...[ Read More ]

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