March 24, 2020 -- Please keep reading our information because the messaging is changing every hour of every day. Below is the latest information provided to the association -- please note that we will continue to send updates as soon as we receive any new information.
DOH Issues Executive Order Allowing Health Care Practitioners From Other States to Render Services in Florida
On March 16, 2020, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued Executive Order 20-52:

For purposes of preparing for, responding to, and mitigating any effect of COVID-19, health care professionals, advanced life support professionals, and basic life support professionals holding a valid, unrestricted, and unencumbered license in any state, territory, and/or district may render such services in Florida during a period not to exceed thirty days unless extended by order of the State Surgeon General, if such health care practitioner does not represent or hold themselves out as a health care practitioner licensed to practice in Florida.

The permitted provision of health care services and treatment by such persons is limited to those licensees as defined in section 456.001(4), part III of chapter 401, and part W of chapter 468, Florida Statutes, or licensees whose licenses are of a type that is commensurate with such Florida licenses. Any statute and/or rule to the contrary is hereby suspended for a period of thirty days, unless extended.

Health care practitioner” means any person licensed under chapter 457; chapter 458; chapter 459; chapter 460; chapter 461; chapter 462; chapter 463; chapter 464; chapter 465; chapter 466; chapter 467; part I, part II, part III, part V, part X, part XIII, or part XIV of chapter 468; chapter 478; chapter 480; part II or part III of chapter 483; chapter 484; chapter 486; chapter 490; or chapter 491.

Background Screening

If you are having problems locating a live scan company to provide background screening for new employees, the Agency for Health Care Administration will be sending out guidance on alternatives to the Level 2 digital print screenings. Early drafts suggest reverting to the Level 1 screening using Florida Department of Law Enforcement name and social security number plus still signing the Attestation of Compliance. 

New Questions Added to Emergency Status System (ESS)

Several new questions have been added to the ESS regarding PPE inventory.

AHCA Recommends Taking Temperatures of Staff

The Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Health are now requesting that in addition to the screening questions, communities take temperatures of staff at the beginning of their shift. 

Most Current CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Long-term Care Communities 

This information is available here . Although linked in the CDC website, click below to download a copy of the Nursing Home Preparedness Checklist which may be helpful.


Florida Veteran's Foundation Offering Assistance for Veterans

Veterans in need of assistance will find the press release with directions on how to download an application form, requirements and guidelines listed on the website at www.HelpFLVets.org .  Due to limited personnel access, they are not taking phone calls and will accept online/email applications only. 

Aging and Vulnerable Population Daily Conference Call

Join the State Emergency Operations Center for a call every afternoon beginning at 4:15 p.m. EDT for updates on the State’s response to COVID-19.

Call-In Number: 888-585-9008
Conference Room ID: 208-305-233

Standing Agenda:
  • Situation Updates from the Florida Department of Health
  • Briefing from the Agency for Healthcare Administration
  • Updates from other State Agencies
  • Questions from Partners

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