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Florida associations drop generator rule challenges

Associations representing assisted living operators in Florida have agreed to drop their legal challenges to a rule requiring them to install generators for resident safety during power outages. Instead, they will support a revised proposed rule issued Friday by the state Department of Elder Affairs, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday.

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Effort would add ‘residents’ bill of rights’ to Florida constitution

The man behind a proposal that would add a “Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights” to the Florida constitution says it is an effort to “establish a situation where the rights of residents of long-term care facilities are at least on par with the rights of everyone else.” At least one organization representing care and service providers, however, describes the proposal as “nothing more than an avaricious ploy by trial lawyers to profit from increased lawsuits.”

Lois A. Bowers

A bright spot in an otherwise grim weekend

During a weekend in which the federal government shutdown dominated the news, a bright spot emerged when Atria Senior Living residents and employees wished actress Kristen Bell good luck hosting Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. See the video and read more about the shutdown, too.

Court rejects industry challenge to generator mandate

Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid

Florida assisted living and nursing home operators say they will avoid potential $1,000-per-day fines and loss of licensure after an appeals court Tuesday handed down a decision that emergency rules requiring them to have generators and fuel in place by Nov. 15 did not remain in effect while Gov. Rick Scott appealed a previous court decision that the rules were “invalid exercises of delegated legislative authority” by state officials. The governor disagrees.

Scott Brinker

Welltower settlement delays start of former executive at HCP

Welltower has settled a lawsuit against a former employee, and the terms will push back his start date with a competitor about two months, executives said Tuesday. During an earnings call, they also discussed Brookdale Senior Living, natural disasters and transitioning one operator from a triple-net to RIDEA structure.

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