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Please read the following AHCA Notices before the 4:00 p.m. zoom call today if possible. Also, please do not hesitate to ask questions during today's call featuring Kim Smoak, Deputy Secretary, Enforcement and Laura MacLafferty, Bureau Chief, Health Facility Regulation and Terry Scheck, Florida's Department of Health.
 
December 1, 2020
 
AHCA’s ESS: Daily Long Term Care Facilities Reporting Update
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Pursuant to Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-51 and at the direction of State Surgeon General Rivkees regarding COVID-19, the Agency for Health Care Administration opened the event “COVID-19 Monitoring” in the Emergency Status System (ESS) to monitor health care facility census, inventory, needs, and other related information statewide.
 
Reporting Update
Effective December 1, 2020, the Agency has updated the “additional info” tab to include questions concerning PPE supply levels.
 
Please continue to report the current Bed Census and Available Beds and the Add’l Info tabs daily by 10 AM ET until further notice. ​

Descriptions are available for each question for reporting correctly. Please refer to the revised questions and the “descriptions” posted on the ESS Resources page:  

If needed, click the following link to access additional instructions for entering facility data for events (see pages 1-4 of the document “How to Locate and Enter Event Information” under the Details column) http://ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ/Emergency_Activities/index.shtml
 
If you require additional assistance with ESS, please contact your AHCA licensing unit:

Assisted Living Unit, 850-412-4304
Long Term Care Services Unit, 850-412-4303

December 1, 2020
 
Emergency Rule for Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccinations of ALF Staff and Residents
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On December 1, 2020, the Agency for Health Care Administration issued Emergency Rule 59AER20-014, requiring mandatory entry for Authorized Representatives into the facility for the purpose of conducting voluntary COVID-19 staff and resident vaccinations.
 
CDC Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Programs 
Assisted living facilities that have not already enrolled in the CDC Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program must enroll online in the 'Vaccines' section at: http://ahca.myflorida.com/COVID-19_Facilities.shtml#facility no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020, including completion of all required information and pharmacy selection, and facilitate arrangements for residents and staff to voluntarily receive the COVID-19 vaccine, including making off-shift staff available at the facility for vaccinations. 
 
 
If you have any questions, please contact your AHCA licensing unit:
Assisted Living Unit, 850-412-4304