The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) has released the one-hour Alzheimer’s training that is now required for all caregivers. The link to the training is below. Once the course is taken, the certificate of completion does not expire.
Florida Provides Guidance on State’s New Immigration Law – Register for FL Chapter Conference to Learn More!
The state of Florida recently enacted legislation that will have a significant impact on employers across the state. Senate Bill 1718 (SB1718), which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law on May 10, requires private employers with 25 or more employees to use E-Verify for all new hires, effective July 1, 2023.
All members in Florida are invited to the HCAOA Florida Chapter Conference on Thursday, August 10 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. This conference will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lake Buena Vista South, 4955 Kyngs Heath Road, Kissimmee, FL.
Sweeping changes for private employers with 25+ employees fell into place when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a new immigration bill (SB 1718) on May 10, 2023.
Register now for the HCAOA Florida State Chapter Meeting on Thursday, August 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hilton Orlando Hotel. Kim Smoak, Deputy Secretary of Health Quality Assurance, AHCA, will be on hand to share regulatory updates and answer questions from providers. And Angelo Spinola, Polsinelli, will provide the latest labor law news and updates for home care agencies.
Here are the top three reasons to attend this year’s Annual Leadership Conference:
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) recently held a standard rule making meeting related to revising the Medicaid fee schedule. To see the current and initial proposed fee schedule for Medicaid, please click here.
As the HCAOA Florida Chapter prepares to meet with AHCA to discuss the rate increase, we are looking for feedback from ALL home care providers (whether you provide Medicaid services or not).
Please click here to complete a very brief survey by next Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. ET.
HCAOA’s state chapters have hit the ground running in 2022! We’ve just added a new round of chapter meetings to our events calendar, so now is the time to jump in.
In recent weeks, several HCAOA State Chapters’ advocacy efforts have paid off with policy wins and rate increases for home-based care.
Here’s a quick round-up…
HCAOA Legislative Committee Discusses Federal Updates & State Issues Such as New Florida PDN Requirement
Last week, HCAOA’s Legislative Committee met to discuss federal updates with Lobbyist Patrick Cooney and to share state advocacy efforts with lobbyists and state chapter leaders.
Last week, more than 50 members of the HCAOA Florida State Chapter met with Kimberly Smoak, Deputy Secretary, Division of Health Quality Assurance, Agency for Health Care Administration (pictured left), which regulates home care agencies in Florida. During the meeting, Smoak shared details about common deficiencies and was very open to members’ concerns regarding surveyors being confused about non-medical agencies versus medical home health organizations. “We were very appreciative of Ms. Smoak’s openness to emphasize the differences to her surveyors. She had not realized that there was this confusion and looks forward to working with HCAOA members to clarify the differences,” said HCAOA Executive Director, Vicki Hoak.
Florida employers can require employees to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations, submit records of such vaccination, and can implement other safety measures for their workplaces, notwithstanding national publicity suggesting that recent Florida rules, orders, and laws prohibit or discourage these public health measures. As the pandemic worsens it is important for employers to understand both the specific terms and the limits of Florida’s enactments. read more
The HCAOA Florida State Chapter meeting will be next week on August 12! Be sure to register as soon as possible to secure your spot. This all-day event has a packed agenda featuring presentations from multiple top officials in the state, including: Kimberly Smoak, Deputy Secretary, Division of Health Quality Assurance, Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA); Representative Dana Trabulsy (R-84), Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee and Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee; and House Majority Leader Mike Grant (R-75) (via video), Vice Chair, Health & Human Services Committee. Click here to register.
It’s been a long quarantine, and HCAOA is anxious to meet with members again IN PERSON. Several State Chapters are planning in-person meetings in the coming weeks. The Chapters are eager to see members and prospective members face-to-face to discuss the important advocacy work they have been doing throughout the year, as well as other home care industry and membership updates. If you live in Florida, Arizona, Georgia, or Connecticut, register now to attend your chapter event.