Please keep reading our information because it changes 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.
COVID-19 UPDATE 35
AHCA Publishes First Round of Q&A's

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has posted a link to the Curative Website and a Q&A document for the emergency rules on the COVID web page under Testing – the Q&As are next to the rules and are the same for NH and ALF

CLICK HERE .or to bookmark the page in your internet browser, the website link is:  http://ahca.myflorida.com/COVID-19_Facilities.shtml#facility

AHCA is not sending an email blast to providers at this time, and asked the associations to share the information above.

Curative, the company contracted by the Florida Division of Emergency Management to conduct the testing, has sent their welcome/instructional email to all nursing home and ALF administrators. The email contains a link to the Curative web page that provides:

  • Instructional video on how to collect a sample,
  • Checklist,
  • Test kit receipt/return confirmation forms,
  • Safety data sheet,
  • Software resource links,
  • Shipping instructions,
  • FAQs, and
  • Contact information for support.

If you did not receive an email from Curative, AHCA informed us that approximately 100 emails bounced back so please check your email address in the ESS. Also, if you did not receive an email from Curative, please check your spam/junk folders first and also check their software to see if they can register the Curative support email to be accepted. After these steps, they can email support@curativeinc.com for assistance.
 

THIS WEEK ONLY

The AHCA Weekly Provider/Health & Regulatory
Partner Conference Call will be held on

Wednesday, July 1, at 4:15 p.m. EST
Dial 1-866-951-1151 and enter Room Number 8484844#
*Please note there are limited lines available for this call.
As a reminder, all calls are recorded and posted to the FHCA website here .  
 
Folks, Please Stay Safe Out There . . .

Florida Reports Another Pandemic Record with 9,585 New Cases Being Reported . . . And the Bars are Shut Down, Again!

The Florida Department of Health reported that 132,545 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. At least 3,489 people have died from the new coronavirus in Florida, 25 more than on Friday, the state reported.
 
As the state reopens, staff members risk even more exposure to someone with COVID-19. Even when off-duty, staff should be mindful of social distancing, using appropriate PPE, infection control procedures.


The consequences of exposure to COVID-19 are wide-ranging – not only will the staff person be quarantined, but all other staff members and residents that had close contact with the affected staff member will likely be isolated for 14 days. Additionally, with the virus capable of spreading before symptoms appear, the risk of spreading into a community is critical. One innocent act can significantly disrupt the lives of residents, families, staff and the skew the cost of bringing in temporary staff, of defending agency complaints and civil lawsuits, etc.
 
Florida Center for Nursing Releases Three Reports

The Florida Center for Nursing is pleased to share with you three reports discussing the supply of nurses in Florida in compliance with the Center’s statutory requirement to maintain a database on and analyze the current supply of nurses (FS 464.0195) (links below).







The Florida Center for Nursing (FCN, the Center), in partnership with the Florida Board of Nursing (FBON) and Florida Department of Health Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) has collected nurse workforce data since 2008 via a voluntary Workforce Survey. The survey is integrated into the online license renewal process for all nurse licensees.

Highlights of the reports include:

  • Though Florida’s potential Registered Nurse workforce grew 6.5% since 2017, the growth rate has declined over the last two reporting cycles from a high of 8.2% to 6.5%

  • The Licensed Practical Nurse potential workforce has shown negative growth since 2013 and, despite increasing demand for LPNs, the workforce has been reduced by 3,400 LPNs since 2017.

  • There has been steady growth of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse workforce since 2008. Most working APRNs were employed by hospitals (44%) or physician/health provider’s offices (20%).
 
Recommendations include:

  • Maintain and support a consistent, long-term data collection, analysis, and reporting system, including funding and authority for the Center to collect and analyze demand data.

  •  Improve retention of Florida’s nurse workforce and investigate net losses from the LPN workforce.

  • Support state and industry/employer collaboration to strengthen understanding of the current and future demand for nurses in Florida.


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