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Florida's worst nursing homes could receive fewer inspections

| 2/18/2020

Florida’s worst nursing homes could receive fewer inspections

Two bills making their way through the Florida Legislature would cut back oversight by the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration, meaning fewer inspections for the worst nursing homes. The two bills — Senate Bill 1726 and House Bill 731 — have received little pushback in Florida’s regulation-averse Legislature. But critics of the legislation worry about the ramifications of cutting back on AHCA’s mandates. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Health News Florida.

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