Fla. Bill Would Increase Nursing Home Oversight

Law360, Miami (November 14, 2017, 9:07 PM EST) -- Two Florida lawmakers filed legislation Tuesday that would codify an emergency rule requiring nursing homes to install backup generators, increase scrutiny of facilities, and force utilities to prioritize restoration of power to these facilities after outages.

Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, and Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, filed companion bills that would change the regulatory structure and investigatory processes for these facilities, in an effort to prevent another tragedy like the one at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County, where 13 residents died due to dangerously high temperatures in the nursing home after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to...

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