Hurricane Irma

Resident deaths due to 'widespread system failures,' Hollywood Hills tells Congress

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The House committee tasked with investigating the deaths of 14 nursing home residents following Hurricane Irma should "resist the urge to vilify or demonize" staff of the facility, an attorney representing the provider said in a recent letter.

Florida providers look to state officials for generator funding

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A Florida long-term care provider association is voicing concerns over whether or not the state government will help providers cover the costs of installing generators in their facilities.

State News for November 2017

State News for November 2017

LeadingAge Florida filed a legal challenge in late September over Gov. Rick Scott's (R) emergency mandate following Hurricane Irma. The provider organization is arguing the rule would "create an emergency rather than solve one."

Florida congresswoman to propose new generator rules for nursing homes

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Long-term care providers would be required to install generators that can keep their air conditioning systems going for at least 96 hours under new legislation expected to be filed in the House this week.

Florida generator rule for LTC stands, appeals court says

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An appeals court sided with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Thursday, upholding his emergency requirements for long-term care facilities to install generators despite providers saying the rule isn't justified.

'Friendly' Florida laws may limit awards for families suing after loved ones died in hurricane-related heat

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Florida's state laws may make it harder for family members suing The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills for its handling of Hurricane Irma and the 14 resident deaths that ensued to collect legal damage awards.

Death toll hits 14 for Florida facility, which lays off employees and closes

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The death toll continued to rise Monday, with a 14th patient dying due to terrible heat after Hurricane Irma left a Florida nursing home without air-conditioning. The heat also helped kill the facility itself.

State News for October 2017

State News for October 2017

At least nine residents of a Florida nursing home died after their facility lost air conditioning following Hurricane Irma, authorities said in mid-September.

Hollywood Hills death toll reaches a dozen; search warrants issued

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A 12th resident from a Hollywood Hills nursing home in Florida has died, which a coroner has attributed to the facility lacking air conditioning after Hurricane Irma.

LeadingAge FL takes legal action against governor's generator rule after Irma deaths

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LeadingAge Florida filed a legal challenge on Tuesday against Gov. Rick Scott's (R) recent emergency preparedness mandate. The provider organization is arguing the rule would "create an emergency rather than solve one."

FL governor deleted voicemails from nursing home where 11 died after Irma

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Voicemails from the Hollywood, FL, skilled nursing facility where several residents died following Hurricane Irma were deleted by Gov. Rick Scott (R), potentially complicating the ongoing investigation into the incident.

Nursing assistant fired for requesting post-hurricane help on Facebook

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A Florida nursing home fired one of its nursing assistants earlier this month after she used social media to call for help for the facility in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, according to local reports.

State suspends license, accuses SNF staff of cover-up as facility's post-Irma death toll rises to 10

State suspends license, accuses SNF staff of cover-up as facility's post-Irma death toll rises to 10

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Florida officials on Wednesday suspended the license of a nursing home where residents died following Hurricane Irma, claiming staff made late entries to residents' records in an attempt to alter the image of what really happened.

Post-Irma death toll at Florida SNF rises to 9 as provider sues state to stop Medicaid ban

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The death toll from the Florida skilled nursing facility that lost its air conditioning following Hurricane Irma rose to nine residents on Tuesday, as the provider geared up for a legal battle with state officials over its loss of Medicaid funding.

Irma couldn't wipe out provider's plans to package holiday cheer for homebound seniors

Irma couldn't wipe out provider's plans to package holiday cheer for homebound seniors

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For 400 volunteers at MorseLife Health System in West Palm Beach, FL, nothing — not even Hurricane Irma — could get in the way of sharing the joy of the High Holidays with homebound Jewish seniors.

SNF where 8 died after Irma repeatedly called governor for help, exec says

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The Florida nursing home where eight people died last week following Hurricane Irma called a private phone line for Gov. Rick Scott (R) three times requesting assistance, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

Experts, lawmakers ponder impact of 8 residents' deaths on SNF sector; facility loses Medicaid funding

Experts, lawmakers ponder impact of 8 residents' deaths on SNF sector; facility loses Medicaid funding

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The Florida nursing home where eight residents died in the wake of Hurricane Irma has now been cut from the Medicaid program, as questions continue to swirl about the incident's effect on emergency preparedness and the skilled nursing sector overall.

Provider group: Residents' Irma-related deaths 'not representative' of profession

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The deaths of eight nursing home residents after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning at their facility are "an isolated incident" that shouldn't be seen as characteristic of the state's long-term care sector, representatives of a provider group emphasized Thursday.

8 residents dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma

8 residents dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma

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Eight residents of a Florida nursing home have been reported dead of heat-related causes after their facility was left without electricity or air conditioning in the wake of Hurricane Irma, authorities said on Wednesday.