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Over the hump? Florida nursing homes seeing higher vaccination numbers and lower case counts

| Nov 11, 2021 | Florida

The pandemic has killed more than 186,000 nursing home residents and staff, according to a nursing home dashboard from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).      For Florida’s nursing homes, however, the situation appears to be heading in a positive direction.  According to an AARP press release on...[ 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 ]

What a federal vaccination requirement could mean for Florida nursing homes

| Aug 23, 2021 | Florida

Health care leaders are concerned a federal vaccination requirement for nursing home workers could exacerbate staffing shortages, at a time when Florida’s nursing homes are already dealing with some of the nation's highest COVID cases among their staff.     The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday...[ Read More ]

Florida's nursing home COVID-19 rates top the nation

| Aug 12, 2021 | Florida

COVID-19 cases are surging among Florida nursing home staff, according to the AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard, released Thursday. Florida has 704 certified nursing homes, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation -- the fifth highest in the nation after Texas (1,211), California (1,186), Ohio (954), and Illinois (713). As of...[ Read More ]