County Health Departments Begin Charging Fee to Review Home Care Emergency Plans

Over the past several months, members have informed us of a new fee they are being assessed at the county level. Several County Health Departments (CHDs) in Florida have begun to charge home health agencies a fee each time they review the agency’s Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). Providers who operate in areas vulnerable to hazards and disasters must submit a plan of action to their County Health Department which demonstrates the ability to provide adequate care for their patients during an emergency.

Currently it appears that some of the County Health Departments are requiring that the plans be submitted annually however, HCAF has reached out to AHCA on this matter and AHCA has stated that the laws and rules do not currently require plans to be submitted annually. Plans only need to be submitted initially or when information on the staff coordinating the response (safety liaisons) and their phone numbers (including afterhours) need to be updated. AHCA goes on to say they have heard of CHDs asking for annual plan submissions even though they recognize that the state law does not require annual plans, but they believe they are needed. AHCA encourages local cooperation with the CHDs and emergency management agencies and plans to follow up with County Health Departments to clarify the language used in their letters to providers.

The most recent county to make this change has been Collier County, which now charges $48 for the initial review of plans and $24 when a plan is modified.

For more information, contact your county health department here

 

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