Assisted Living Facilities Ask State to Slow Down, Work With Stakeholders on New Emergency Rules

AHCA has agreed to extend the public comment period for new rules by two weeks. Florida assisted living facilities (ALF) are raising questions about new emergency management regulations being proposed by state health care regulators.

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) held an hour-long workshop on Tuesday with ALF providers, local emergency management officials and others who flagged their concerns with the proposed regulations.

The proposals have to do with comprehensive emergency management and emergency environmental control plans that are linked to a 2020 law.

Lake County Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management Nicholas Gerth suggested that the state participate in an emergency management work group that is meeting and having similar discussions.

“It would be very valuable,” Gerth argued.

AHCA senior management analyst Jeremy Roberts told Gerth that AHCA could not participate in the work group, but that the state would accept recommendations the group developed.

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