Florida Senate - 2014 SB 1154 By Senator Soto 14-00627B-14 20141154__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Nursing Home Guide Watch List; 3 amending s. 400.191, F.S.; requiring a nursing home 4 facility on the list to post signs containing certain 5 information for a specified period; specifying the 6 content and location of signs; providing sanctions for 7 failure to comply; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 400.191, Florida 12 Statutes, is amended to read: 13 400.191 Availability, distribution, and posting of reports 14 and records.— 15 (3) Each nursing home facility licensee shall maintain as 16 public information, available upon request, records of all cost 17 and inspection reports pertaining to that facility that have 18 been filed with, or issued by, any governmental agency. Copies 19 of the reports shall be retained in the records for not less 20 than 5 years following the date the reports are filed or issued. 21 (a) The agency shall publish in the Nursing Home Guide a 22 “Nursing Home Guide Watch List” to assist consumers in 23 evaluating the quality of nursing home care in Florida. The 24 watch list must identify each facility that met the criteria for 25 a conditional licensure status and each facility that is 26 operating under bankruptcy protection. The watch list must 27 include, but is not limited to, the facility’s name, address, 28 and ownership; the county in which the facility operates; the 29 license expiration date; the number of licensed beds; a 30 description of the deficiency causing the facility to be placed 31 on the list; any corrective action taken; and the cumulative 32 number of days and percentage of days the facility had a 33 conditional license in the past 30 months. The watch list must 34 include a brief description regarding how to choose a nursing 35 home, the categories of licensure, the agency’s inspection 36 process, an explanation of terms used in the watch list, and the 37 addresses and phone numbers of the agency’s health quality 38 assurance field offices. 39 (b) Upon publication of each Nursing Home Guide, the agency 40 must post a copy on its website by the 15th calendar day of the 41 second month following the end of the calendar quarter. Each 42 nursing home licensee must retrieve the most recent version of 43 the Nursing Home Guide from the agency’s website. 44 (c) Any facility placed on the watch list must clearly and 45 conspicuously post a sign on every facility entrance that reads, 46 “NOTICE: THIS FACILITY IS CURRENTLY ON FLORIDA’S NURSING HOME 47 GUIDE WATCH LIST.” The sign must remain posted for the duration 48 of time that the facility remains on the watch list. If the 49 agency determines that a facility has violated this paragraph, 50 the agency shall cite the facility for a class I deficiency and 51 place the facility on a 6-month inspection visit cycle. 52 (d) Any facility placed on the watch list must provide 53 written or electronic notice to the primary familial contact of 54 each of that facilities residents informing them of the 55 facilities placement on the watch list. Notice must include a 56 description of the deficiency causing the facility to be placed 57 on the list, any corrective action taken, and the cumulative 58 number of days and percentage of days the facility had a 59 conditional license in the past 30 months. 60 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.