Week 6 Legislative Session Update: A Good Week for Home Care

250px-TallahasseeOldNewCapitals3The sixth week of the Florida Legislative Session is coming to a close with some positive updates for the home care industry.

First, the home health quarterly report bill unanimously passed the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, its third of five committee stops, getting the bill even closer to becoming law. If enacted, the quarterly report fine would be reduced from $5,000 to $200 per day up to $5,000 per quarter, and exempt private duty providers from filing the report all together. Click here to send a message to Florida lawmakers urging them to support the quarterly report reform legislation!

In addition to the quarterly report bill, the Senate unanimously passed a $74.3 billion budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year and includes a 10% increase for Medicaid home health visits and private duty nursing visits provided by a licensed practical nurse. HCAF is seeking a 50% increase for the Medicaid home health visits provided by a registered nurse and LPNs, as well as a 15% increase for PDN visits provided by an LPN. Now that the Senate has passed its budget, the House will follow suit and both chambers will meet to negotiate the final spending plan. HCAF will continue its lobbying efforts to achieve a 50% increase for home health visits and 15% for PDN visits.

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