2010 Florida Statutes
This chapter may be cited as the “Department of Elderly Affairs Act,” or the “Pepper Act” as a memorial to Congressman Claude Denson Pepper. The department is also known as the Department of Elder Affairs.
s. 5, ch. 91-115; s. 77, ch. 95-418.
It is the intent of the Legislature to:
Advise, assist, and protect the state’s elderly citizens to the fullest extent.
Ensure that programs and services are developed and implemented to be accessible to all elderly citizens to assist them in the achievement or maintenance of maximum independence and quality of life and minimum levels of social dependence.
Support and promote the efforts of families and other caregivers in assisting elderly persons.
Promote intergenerational activities that will provide citizens of all ages opportunities to enjoy the enriching benefits of interaction and that will promote unity and support for one another.
Ensure that state government functions effectively and efficiently in serving the elderly through coordination of policy development, planning, and service delivery by all state agencies relating to the elderly population of the state.
Ensure that elderly citizens are able to secure prompt, adequate, and accurate information and assistance regarding, but not limited to, health, social welfare, long-term care, protective services, consumer protection, education and training, housing, employment, recreation, transportation, insurance, and retirement.
Organize the Department of Elderly Affairs as the state agency that has lead responsibility for administering human service programs for the elderly and for developing policy recommendations for long-term care.
s. 5, ch. 91-115; s. 78, ch. 95-418.
The purposes of the Department of Elderly Affairs are to:
Serve as the primary state agency responsible for administering human services programs for the elderly and for developing policy recommendations for long-term care.
Combat ageism and create public awareness and understanding of the potentials and needs of elderly persons.
Study and plan for programs and services to meet identified and projected needs and to provide opportunities for personal development and achievement of persons aged 60 years and older.
Advocate quality programs and services for the state’s elderly population and on behalf of the individual citizen’s needs.
Coordinate interdepartmental policy development and program planning for all state agencies that provide services for the elderly population in order to prevent duplicative efforts, to maximize utilization of resources, and to ensure cooperation, communication, and departmental linkages.
Recommend state and local level organizational models for the planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of programs serving the elderly population.
Oversee implementation of federally funded and state-funded programs and services for the state’s elderly population.
Recommend legislative budget requests for programs and services for the state’s elderly population.
Serve as a state-level information clearinghouse and encourage the development of local-level identifiable points of information and referral regarding all federal, state, and local resources of assistance to elderly citizens.
Assist elderly persons to secure needed services in accordance with personal choice and in a manner that achieves or maintains autonomy and prevents, reduces, or eliminates dependency.
Promote the maintenance and improvement of the physical well-being and mental health of elderly persons.
Promote opportunities for volunteerism among the elderly population.
Promote the prevention of neglect, abuse, or exploitation of elderly persons unable to protect their own interests.
Eliminate and prevent inappropriate institutionalization of elderly persons by promoting community-based care, home-based care, or other forms of less intensive care.
Aid in the support of families and other caregivers of elderly persons.
Promote intergenerational relationships.
Oversee aging research conducted or funded by any state agency to ensure that such activities are coordinated and directed to fulfill the intent and purposes of this act.
s. 5, ch. 91-115; s. 79, ch. 95-418.
Duties and responsibilities of the Department of Elderly Affairs.—
The Department of Elderly Affairs shall:
Administer human services and long-term care programs, including programs funded under the federal Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, and other programs that are assigned to it by law.
Be responsible for ensuring that each area agency on aging operates in a manner to ensure that the elderly of this state receive the best services possible. The department shall rescind designation of an area agency on aging or take intermediate measures against the agency, including corrective action, unannounced special monitoring, temporary assumption of operation of one or more programs by the department, placement on probationary status, imposing a moratorium on agency action, imposing financial penalties for nonperformance, or other administrative action pursuant to chapter 120, if the department finds that:
An intentional or negligent act of the agency has materially affected the health, welfare, or safety of clients, or substantially and negatively affected the operation of an aging services program.
The agency lacks financial stability sufficient to meet contractual obligations or that contractual funds have been misappropriated.
The agency has committed multiple or repeated violations of legal and regulatory requirements or department standards.
The agency has failed to continue the provision or expansion of services after the declaration of a state of emergency.
The agency has exceeded its authority or otherwise failed to adhere to the terms of its contract with the department or has exceeded its authority or otherwise failed to adhere to the provisions specifically provided by statute or rule adopted by the department.
The agency has failed to properly determine client eligibility as defined by the department or efficiently manage program budgets.
The agency has failed to implement and maintain a department-approved client grievance resolution procedure.
Serve as an information clearinghouse at the state level, and assist local-level information and referral resources as a repository and means for the dissemination of information regarding all federal, state, and local resources for assistance to the elderly in the areas of, but not limited to, health, social welfare, long-term care, protective services, consumer protection, education and training, housing, employment, recreation, transportation, insurance, and retirement.
Recommend guidelines for the development of roles for state agencies that provide services for the aging, review plans of agencies that provide such services, and relay the plans to the Governor and the Legislature.
Recommend to the Governor and the Legislature an organizational framework for the planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of programs related to aging, with the purpose of expanding and improving programs and opportunities available to the state’s elderly population and enhancing a continuum of long-term care. This framework must ensure that:
Performance objectives are established.
Program reviews are conducted statewide.
Each major program related to aging is reviewed every 3 years.
Program decisions reinforce the distinctive roles established for state agencies that provide aging services.
Advise the Governor and the Legislature regarding the need for and location of programs related to aging.
Review and coordinate aging research plans of all state agencies to ensure that research objectives address issues and needs of the state’s elderly population. The research activities that must be reviewed and coordinated by the department include, but are not limited to, contracts with academic institutions, development of educational and training curriculums, Alzheimer’s disease and other medical research, studies of long-term care and other personal assistance needs, and design of adaptive or modified living environments.
Review budget requests for programs related to aging to ensure the most cost-effective use of state funding for the state’s elderly population before submission to the Governor and the Legislature.
Request other departments that administer programs affecting the state’s elderly population to amend their plans, rules, policies, and research objectives as necessary to ensure that programs and other initiatives are coordinated and maximize the state’s efforts to address the needs of the elderly.
Hold public meetings regularly throughout the state to receive information and maximize the visibility of important issues relating to aging and the elderly.
Conduct policy analysis and program evaluation studies assigned by the Legislature.
Assist the Governor, each Cabinet member, and members of the Legislature in conducting their responsibilities as they consider appropriate.
Call upon appropriate agencies of state government for such assistance as is needed in the discharge of its duties. All agencies shall cooperate in assisting the department in carrying out its responsibilities as prescribed by this section. However, the law regarding confidentiality of information may not be violated.
Be designated as a state agency that is eligible to receive federal funds for adults who are eligible for assistance through the portion of the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program for adults, which is referred to as the Adult Care Food Program, and that is responsible for establishing and administering the program. The purpose of the Adult Care Food Program is to provide nutritious and wholesome meals and snacks for adults in nonresidential day care centers or residential treatment facilities. To ensure the quality and integrity of the program, the department shall develop standards and procedures that govern sponsoring organizations and adult day care centers. The department shall follow federal requirements and may adopt rules necessary to administer the program and implement relevant federal regulations, including 7 C.F.R. part 226. The rules may address, at a minimum, the program requirements and procedures identified in this subsection.
Administer all Medicaid waivers and programs relating to elders and their appropriations. The waivers include, but are not limited to:
The Alzheimer’s Dementia-Specific Medicaid Waiver as established in s. 430.502(7), (8), and (9).
The Assisted Living for the Frail Elderly Waiver.
The Aged and Disabled Adult Waiver.
The Adult Day Health Care Waiver.
The Consumer-Directed Care Plus Program as defined in s. 409.221.
The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly.
The Long-Term Care Community-Based Diversion Pilot Project as described in s. 430.705.
The Channeling Services Waiver for Frail Elders.
ss. 1, 4, 41, ch. 89-294; ss. 5, 7, ch. 91-115; s. 80, ch. 95-418; s. 61, ch. 98-171; s. 206, ch. 99-8; s. 26, ch. 2000-263; s. 4, ch. 2004-386; s. 72, ch. 2005-2; s. 21, ch. 2006-28; s. 18, ch. 2009-55; s. 98, ch. 2010-5; s. 143, ch. 2010-102.
Former s. 410.505.
Annual report summarizing monitoring activities.—
By January 1 of each year, the Department of Elderly Affairs shall submit to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a summary of the results of the department’s monitoring of the activities of area agencies on aging. The report must include information about each area agency’s compliance with state and federal rules pertaining to all programs administered by the area agency, information about each area agency’s financial management of state and federally funded programs, information about each agency’s compliance with the terms of its contracts with the department, and a summary of corrective action required by the department.
s. 1, ch. 2004-386.
Screening of direct service providers.—
Level 2 background screening pursuant to chapter 435 is required for direct service providers. Background screening includes employment history checks as provided in s. 435.03(1) and local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.
For purposes of this section, the term “direct service provider” means a person 18 years of age or older who, pursuant to a program to provide services to the elderly, has direct, face-to-face contact with a client while providing services to the client or has access to the client’s living areas or to the client’s funds or personal property. The term includes coordinators, managers, and supervisors of residential facilities and volunteers.
Licensed physicians, nurses, or other professionals licensed by the Department of Health are not subject to background screening if they are providing a service that is within the scope of their licensed practice.
Refusal on the part of an employer to dismiss a manager, supervisor, or direct service provider who has been found to be in noncompliance with standards of this section shall result in the automatic denial, termination, or revocation of the license or certification, rate agreement, purchase order, or contract, in addition to any other remedies authorized by law.
The background screening conducted pursuant to this section must ensure that, in addition to the disqualifying offenses listed in s. 435.04, no person subject to the provisions of this section has an arrest awaiting final disposition for, has been found guilty of, regardless of adjudication, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, or has been adjudicated delinquent and the record has not been sealed or expunged for, any offense prohibited under any of the following provisions of state law or similar law of another jurisdiction:
Any authorizing statutes, if the offense was a felony.
Section 409.920, relating to Medicaid provider fraud.
Section 409.9201, relating to Medicaid fraud.
Section 817.034, relating to fraudulent acts through mail, wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectronic, or photooptical systems.
Section 817.234, relating to false and fraudulent insurance claims.
Section 817.505, relating to patient brokering.
Section 817.568, relating to criminal use of personal identification information.
Section 817.60, relating to obtaining a credit card through fraudulent means.
Section 817.61, relating to fraudulent use of credit cards, if the offense was a felony.
Section 831.01, relating to forgery.
Section 831.02, relating to uttering forged instruments.
Section 831.07, relating to forging bank bills, checks, drafts, or promissory notes.
Section 831.09, relating to uttering forged bank bills, checks, drafts, or promissory notes.
s. 34, ch. 2010-114.
Section 58, ch. 2010-114, provides that “[t]he changes made by this act are intended to be prospective in nature. It is not intended that persons who are employed or licensed on the effective date of this act be rescreened until such time as they are otherwise required to be rescreened pursuant to law, at which time they must meet the requirements for screening as set forth in this act.”
Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council.—
There is created the Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council which shall be located for administrative purposes in the Department of Elderly Affairs. It is the intent of the Legislature that the advisory council shall be an independent nonpartisan body and shall not be subject to control, supervision, or direction by the department.
The council shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of Elderly Affairs to assist the secretary in carrying out the purposes, duties, and responsibilities of the department, as specified in this chapter. The council may make recommendations to the secretary, the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President of the Senate regarding organizational issues and additions or reductions in the department’s duties and responsibilities.
The advisory council shall be composed of one member appointed by the Governor from each of the state’s planning and service areas, which are designated in accordance with the Older Americans Act, two additional members appointed by the Governor, two members appointed by the President of the Senate, and two members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The members shall be appointed in the following manner:
The Governor shall appoint one member from each planning and service area and shall select each appointment from a list of three nominations submitted by the designated area agency on aging in each planning and service area. Nominations submitted by an area agency on aging shall be solicited from a broad cross-section of the public, private, and volunteer sectors of each county in the respective planning and service area. At least one of the three nominations submitted by an area agency on aging shall be a person 60 years of age or older.
The Governor shall appoint two additional members, one of whom shall be 60 years of age or older.
The President of the Senate shall appoint two members, one of whom shall be 60 years of age or older.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint two members, one of whom shall be 60 years of age or older.
The Governor shall ensure that a majority of the members of the advisory council shall be 60 years of age or older and that there shall be balanced minority and gender representation.
The Governor shall designate annually a member of the advisory council to serve as chair.
The Secretary of Elderly Affairs shall serve as an ex officio member of the advisory council.
Members shall be appointed to 3-year terms in the following manner:
In order to stagger the terms of office, one of the initial appointees of the President of the Senate shall be appointed to a 2-year term and one of the initial appointees of the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be appointed to a 2-year term. Additionally, one-third of the total initial appointees of the Governor shall be appointed to 1-year terms, one-third shall be appointed to 2-year terms, and one-third to 3-year terms. If the initial appointments of the Governor are not of a number divisible into thirds, and there results one additional appointee, that appointee shall be appointed to a 2-year term. If the initial appointments of the Governor are not of a number divisible into thirds, and there results two additional appointees, one of the additional appointees shall be appointed to a 1-year term and the other appointee shall be appointed to a 2-year term.
Vacancies occurring during an appointee’s initial term shall be filled in the same manner as the initial appointments, pursuant to subparagraph 1. After the terms referred to in subparagraph 1. have expired, members shall be appointed to 3-year terms.
In order to enhance its understanding of the various needs of the state’s elderly population and to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort, the advisory council shall identify any council, committee, task force, or similar group that is statutorily mandated to represent the interest of older persons, and shall invite a member aged 60 years or older, or a younger member if there are no members aged 60 years or older, from each identified group to serve as a nonvoting ex officio member of the advisory council.
The advisory council shall meet at least quarterly, or more frequently as needed.
The Department of Elderly Affairs shall provide staff support to assist the advisory council in the performance of its duties.
Members of the advisory council shall receive no salary, but are entitled to reimbursement for travel and per diem expenses, as provided in s. 112.061, while performing their duties under this section.
ss. 5, 8, ch. 91-115; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 96, ch. 97-103.
Office of Volunteer Community Service.—
There is created within the Department of Elderly Affairs the Office of Volunteer Community Service. The office shall:
Compile an inventory of services needed by elderly persons.
Compile an inventory of services being provided to elderly persons to meet those needs.
Determine which services needed by elderly persons are not being provided.
Determine which services currently not being provided can be provided by older persons acting as volunteers.
Identify those state rules and policies which restrict volunteer service by or for older persons and propose corrective actions.
Identify methods of promoting volunteer service by and for older persons.
Develop a comprehensive volunteer program that includes an intergenerational component and draws on the strengths and skills of the state’s older population and, to the extent possible, implements the volunteer service credit program.
Encourage contributions and grants through private, state, and federal sources for the purpose of promoting, implementing, or evaluating volunteer programs by or for older persons.
Encourage volunteerism by elders regardless of socioeconomic status. In order to accomplish this, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the office is authorized to provide to those volunteers whose presence is determined to be necessary to the department direct payment of lodging and transportation expenses to a vendor on behalf of such volunteer, or prepayment, or reimbursement of lodging and transportation expenses directly to such volunteer. The office shall not expend or authorize an expenditure in excess of the amount appropriated in any fiscal year.
s. 5, ch. 91-115; s. 2, ch. 2003-67.
Respite for elders living in everyday families.—
As used in this section, the term:
“Family unit” means one or more individuals whose primary residence is with a homebound elderly individual specifically for the purpose of providing care for that homebound elderly individual. The family does not necessarily need to be related by blood or marriage to the homebound elderly individual.
“Respite” means in-home assistance for a homebound elderly individual from someone who is not a member of the family unit, which allows the family unit the ability to leave the homebound elderly individual for a period of time.
“Stipend” means an allotment of funds to enable a diverse population of volunteers to provide services. The allotment of funds is for a maximum hourly rate that shall not exceed an amount equal to the federal minimum wage.
“Volunteer service system” means an organized network of volunteers and agencies engaged in supporting volunteers to assist a family unit that requires respite.
The “Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families” (RELIEF) program will provide in-home respite that is an expansion of respite that is currently available through other programs, specifically including evening and weekend respite. The purpose of this service is to increase the ability of a family unit to continue to care for a homebound elderly individual by providing in-home respite beyond the basic provisions of current public programs.
Respite services shall be provided through a multigenerational corps of volunteers, volunteers who receive a stipend, and any other appropriate personnel as determined by the department.
Volunteers shall be screened, selected, trained, and registered according to standards developed by the Office of Volunteer and Community Services in the Department of Elderly Affairs. These standards must be developed to ensure, at a minimum, the safety of a homebound elderly individual who will receive the respite service.
Volunteers may be recruited from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to, volunteer centers, religious organizations, college campuses, corporations, families, Retired Senior Volunteer Programs, Senior Companion Programs, and AmeriCorps Programs.
To receive assistance from the RELIEF program, the family unit must be assessed according to the following guidelines developed by the department to determine the need for respite services. This assessment must determine, at a minimum, that:
The family unit is unable to pay for respite without jeopardizing other basic needs, including, but not limited to, food, shelter, and medications.
The homebound elderly individual for whom the family unit is caring is 60 years of age or older, requires assistance to remain in the home, and, without this assistance, would need to move to an assisted living facility or a nursing facility.
A family unit that receives respite services from the RELIEF program is not excluded from receiving assistance from other governmental programs.
The Office of Volunteer and Community Services shall:
Systematically develop a volunteer service system in order to provide respite services under the RELIEF program. The office shall also implement, monitor, and evaluate the delivery of respite services under this program.
Work collaboratively with local, state, and national organizations, including, but not limited to, the Florida Commission on Community Service, to promote the use of volunteers offering respite under this program.
Encourage contributions and grants through public and private sources to promote the delivery of respite to assist family units providing care for homebound elderly individuals.
s. 1, ch. 97-163; s. 1, ch. 2004-246.
The department shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of this chapter.
s. 5, ch. 91-115; s. 114, ch. 98-200.
Administration of federal aging programs.—
The Department of Elderly Affairs is designated the state unit on aging under the federal Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, and shall exercise all responsibilities under that act. The department is the state agency designated to handle all programs of the Federal Government relating to the aging, by virtue of funds appropriated through the Older Americans Act of 1965 and subsequent amendments, requiring actions within the state which are not the specific responsibility of another state agency under the provisions of federal or state law. Authority is hereby conferred on the department to accept and use any funds in accordance with established state budgetary procedures which might become available pursuant to the purposes set out herein.
s. 1, ch. 70-255; s. 115, ch. 71-355; s. 286, ch. 77-147; s. 18, ch. 78-433; s. 70, ch. 95-418.
Former s. 409.360; s. 410.011.
Confidentiality of information.—
Personal identifying information in a record held by the department that relates to an individual’s health or eligibility for or receipt of health-related, elder care, or long-term care services is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. Such information may be disclosed:
To another governmental entity for the purpose of administering the department’s programs for the elderly; or
If the affected individual or his or her legal representative provides written consent.
s. 1, ch. 2001-194; s. 1, ch. 2006-112.
Sections 430.201-430.207 may be cited as the “Community Care for the Elderly Act.”
s. 1, ch. 73-343; s. 1, ch. 76-51; s. 18, ch. 78-433; s. 104, ch. 79-164; s. 1, ch. 80-181; s. 29, ch. 95-418.
Former s. 409.3621; s. 410.021.
Community care for the elderly; legislative intent.—
The purpose of ss. 430.201-430.207 is to assist functionally impaired elderly persons in living dignified and reasonably independent lives in their own homes or in the homes of relatives or caregivers through the development, expansion, reorganization, and coordination of various community-based services. The Legislature intends that a continuum of care be established so that functionally impaired elderly persons age 60 and older may be assured the least restrictive environment suitable to their needs. The development of innovative approaches to program management, staff training, and service delivery which have an impact on cost-avoidance, cost-effectiveness, and program efficiency is encouraged.
s. 2, ch. 73-343; s. 1, ch. 76-51; s. 146, ch. 77-104; s. 18, ch. 78-433; s. 2, ch. 80-181; s. 30, ch. 95-418.
Former s. 409.3622; s. 410.022.
Community care for the elderly; definitions.—
As used in ss. 430.201-430.207, the term:
“Area agency on aging” means a public or nonprofit private agency or office designated by the department to coordinate and administer the department’s programs and to provide, through contracting agencies, services within a planning and service area. An area agency on aging serves as both the advocate and the visible focal point in its planning and service area to foster the development of comprehensive and coordinated service systems to serve older individuals.
“Community care service area” means a service area within a planning and service area.
“Community care service system” means a service network comprising a variety of home-delivered services, day care services, and other basic services, hereinafter referred to as “core services,” for functionally impaired elderly persons which are provided by or through a single lead agency. Its purpose is to provide a continuum of care encompassing a full range of preventive, maintenance, and restorative services for functionally impaired elderly persons.
“Contracting agency” means an area agency on aging, a lead agency, or any other agency contracting to provide program administration or to provide services.
“Core services” means a variety of home-delivered services, day care services, and other basic services that may be provided by several entities. Core services are those services that are most needed to prevent unnecessary institutionalization. The area agency on aging shall not directly provide core services.
“Department” means the Department of Elderly Affairs.
“Functionally impaired elderly person” means any person, 60 years of age or older, having physical or mental limitations that restrict individual ability to perform the normal activities of daily living and that impede individual capacity to live independently without the provision of core services. Functional impairment shall be determined through a functional assessment administered to each applicant for community-care-for-the-elderly core services. The functional assessment shall be developed by the department.
“Health maintenance services” means those routine health services that are necessary to help maintain the health of a functionally impaired elderly person, but that are limited to medical therapeutic services, nonmedical prevention services, personal care services, home health aide services, home nursing services, and emergency response systems.
“Lead agency” means an agency designated at least once every 6 years by an area agency on aging as the result of a competitive procurement conducted through a request for proposal.
The request for proposal must be developed by the area agency on aging and include requirements for the assurance of quality and cost-efficiency of services, minimum personnel standards, and employee benefits. The department shall adopt a rule creating a dispute resolution mechanism. The rule, which shall be adopted no later than August 1, 2009, and which all area agencies on aging shall be required to follow, shall create standards for a bid protest and a procedure for resolution. The dispute resolution mechanism established in the rule shall include a provision for a qualified, impartial decisionmaker who shall conduct a hearing to determine whether the area agency’s proposed action is contrary to the area agency’s governing statutes or rules or to the solicitation specifications. The standard of proof for the protestor shall be whether the area agency’s action was clearly erroneous, contrary to competition, arbitrary, or capricious. The dispute resolution mechanism shall also provide a mechanism for review of the decisionmaker’s determination by a qualified and impartial reviewer, if review is requested. The standards for the bid protest shall include:
A provision requiring notice of an area agency’s proposed contract award and a clear point of entry for any substantially affected entity to challenge the proposed award.
A provision for an automatic stay of the contract award process upon the filing of a bid protest that shall not be lifted until the protest is resolved.
Provisions permitting all substantially affected entities to have an opportunity to participate in the hearing, to conduct discovery, to obtain subpoenas compelling the appearance of witnesses, to present evidence and argument on all issues involved, to conduct cross-examination, to submit rebuttal evidence, and to submit proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law.
Provisions for expeditious resolution of the bid protest, including a requirement that once the area agency on aging refers a bid protest petition to the decisionmaker, a hearing shall be conducted within 30 days, unless that timeframe is waived by all parties.
For any lead agency designation conducted prior to the effective date of this subsection that is the subject matter of litigation on the date on which this subsection becomes law, the litigants shall be entitled to proceed with discovery under the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure immediately upon the date on which this subsection becomes law, and the litigants shall further be entitled to participate in the bid protest procedures enacted by rule pursuant to this subsection.
In each community care service system the lead agency must be given the authority and responsibility to coordinate some or all of the services, either directly or through subcontracts, for functionally impaired elderly persons. These services must include case management, homemaker and chore services, respite care, adult day care, personal care services, home-delivered meals, counseling, information and referral, and emergency home repair services. The lead agency must compile community care statistics and monitor, when applicable, subcontracts with agencies providing core services.
“Personal care services” means services to assist with bathing, dressing, ambulation, housekeeping, supervision, emotional security, eating, supervision of self-administered medications, and assistance in securing health care from appropriate sources. Personal care services does not include medical services.
“Planning and service area” means a geographic service area established by the department, in which the programs of the department are administered and services are delivered.
“State Plan on Aging” means the service plan developed by the department which evaluates service needs of the elderly, identifies priority services and target client groups, provides for periodic evaluation of activities and services funded under the plan, and provides for administration of funds available through the federal Older Americans Act. The state plan on aging must be based upon area plans on aging developed by the area agencies on aging in order that the priorities and conditions of local communities are taken into consideration.
s. 3, ch. 73-343; s. 1, ch. 76-51; s. 1, ch. 77-174; s. 18, ch. 78-433; s. 3, ch. 80-181; s. 17, ch. 86-220; s. 8, ch. 90-319; s. 15, ch. 92-58; s. 16, ch. 93-200; s. 31, ch. 95-418; s. 1, ch. 2004-367; s. 6, ch. 2004-386; s. 3, ch. 2005-223; s. 2, ch. 2009-46.
Former s. 409.3623; s. 410.023.
Community-care-for-the-elderly core services; departmental powers and duties.—
The department shall fund, through each area agency on aging, at least one community care service system the primary purpose of which is the prevention of unnecessary institutionalization of functionally impaired elderly persons through the provision of community-based core services. Whenever feasible, an area agency on aging shall be the contracting agency of preference to engage only in the planning and funding of community-care-for-the-elderly core services for functionally impaired elderly persons.
The department shall fund, through each area agency on aging in each county as defined in s. 125.011(1), more than one community care service system the primary purpose of which is the prevention of unnecessary institutionalization of functionally impaired elderly persons through the provision of community-based core services.
All existing community resources available to functionally impaired elderly persons shall be coordinated into a community care service system to provide a continuum of care to such persons as their needs change. Additional services may be provided, but may not be funded from the community-care-for-the-elderly core service funds. Agencies contracting with the department shall ensure that all other funding sources available have been used prior to utilizing community-care-for-the-elderly funds. The department and agencies contracting with the department may accept gifts and grants in order to provide services within a community care service area.
The use of volunteers shall be maximized to provide a range of services for the functionally impaired elderly person. The department shall provide or arrange for the provision of training and supervision of volunteers to ensure the delivery of quality services. The department or contracting agency may provide appropriate insurance coverage to protect volunteers from personal liability while acting within the scope of their volunteer assignments under a community care service area. The coverage may also include excess automobile liability protection.
The department or contracting agency shall contract for the provision of the core services required by a community care service area.
Entities contracting to provide core services under ss. 430.201-430.207 must provide a minimum of 10 percent of the funding necessary for the support of project operations. In-kind contributions, whether materials, commodities, transportation, office space, other types of facilities, or personal services, and contributions of money or services from functionally impaired elderly persons may be evaluated and counted as part or all of the required local funding.
When possible, services shall be obtained under:
The Florida Plan for Medical Assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act; or
The State Plan on Aging under the Older Americans Act.
Funds appropriated for community care for the elderly must be used only for the provision of community-care-for-the-elderly core services, case management, and directly related expenditures. The department may provide advance funding for the community-care-for-the-elderly program.
Provider agencies are responsible for the collection of fees for services in accordance with rules adopted by the department. Provider agencies shall assess fees for services rendered in accordance with those rules. To help pay for services received from community care for the elderly, a functionally impaired elderly person shall be assessed a fee based on an overall ability to pay. The fee to be assessed shall be fixed according to a schedule established by the department in cooperation with area agencies, lead agencies, and service providers.
The department shall evaluate the delivery of services within community care service areas. Accurate analysis of the costs and benefits associated with the establishment and operation of the programs as determined through a uniform cost accounting and reporting system shall be maintained to provide an assessment of the ability of these programs to:
Reduce the rate of inappropriate entry and placement of functionally impaired elderly persons in institutions;
Reduce the use of institutional services and facilities; and
Recommend legislative and administrative action.
s. 4, ch. 73-343; s. 1, ch. 76-51; s. 1, ch. 77-174; s. 18, ch. 78-433; s. 4, ch. 80-181; s. 10, ch. 81-271; s. 21, ch. 84-254; s. 18, ch. 86-220; s. 17, ch. 93-200; s. 32, ch. 95-418; s. 8, ch. 2000-337; s. 17, ch. 2001-254; ss. 10, 79, ch. 2002-402; s. 20, ch. 2003-399; s. 2, ch. 2004-246.
Former s. 409.3624; s. 410.024.
Community care service system.—
The department, through the area agency on aging, shall fund in each planning and service area at least one community care service system that provides case management and other in-home and community services as needed to help the older person maintain independence and prevent or delay more costly institutional care.
The department shall fund, through the area agency on aging in each county as defined in s. 125.011(1), more than one community care service system that provides case management and other in-home and community services as needed to help elderly persons maintain independence and prevent or delay more costly institutional care.
Core services and other support services may be furnished by public or private agencies or organizations. Each community care service system must be under the direction of a lead agency that coordinates the activities of individual contracting agencies providing community-care-for-the-elderly services. When practicable, the activities of a community care service area may be directed from a multiservice senior center, as defined in s. 430.901, and coordinated with other services offered therein. This subsection does not require programs in existence prior to the effective date of this act to be relocated.
The department shall define each core service that is to be provided or coordinated within a community care service area and establish rules and minimum standards for the delivery of core services. The department may conduct or contract for demonstration projects to determine the desirability of new concepts of organization, administration, or service delivery designed to prevent the institutionalization of functionally impaired elderly persons. Evaluations shall be made of the cost-avoidance of such demonstration projects, the ability of the projects to reduce the rate of placement of functionally impaired elderly persons in institutions, and the impact of projects on the use of institutional services and facilities.
A preservice and inservice training program for community-care-for-the-elderly service providers and staff may be designed and implemented to help assure the delivery of quality services. The department shall specify in rules the training standards and requirements for the community-care-for-the-elderly service providers and staff. Training must be sufficient to ensure that quality services are provided to clients and that appropriate skills are developed to conduct the program.
Any person who has been classified as a functionally impaired elderly person is eligible to receive community-care-for-the-elderly core services.
Those elderly persons who are determined by protective investigations to be vulnerable adults in need of services, pursuant to s. 415.104(3)(b), or to be victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation who are in need of immediate services to prevent further harm and are referred by the adult protective services program, shall be given primary consideration for receiving community-care-for-the-elderly services. As used in this paragraph, “primary consideration” means that an assessment and services must commence within 72 hours after referral to the department or as established in accordance with department contracts by local protocols developed between department service providers and the adult protective services program.
The department shall determine an order of prioritization for all other functionally impaired elderly persons seeking community-care-for-the-elderly services which is based upon the potential recipient’s frailty level and likelihood of institutional placement without such services. After determining such frailty level and likelihood of institutional placement, should the list of potential recipients require further prioritization, another factor that must be considered is the potential recipient’s ability to pay for such services. Those who are less able to pay for such services must receive higher priority than those who are better able to pay for such services. A potential recipient’s ability to pay may be determined by the department based on the potential recipient’s self-declared statement of income and expenses.
Notwithstanding other requirements of this chapter, the Department of Elderly Affairs and the Agency for Health Care Administration shall develop an integrated long-term-care delivery system.
The duties of the integrated system shall include organizing and administering service delivery for the elderly, obtaining contracts for services with providers in each service area, monitoring the quality of services provided, determining levels of need and disability for payment purposes, and other activities determined by the department and the agency in order to operate an integrated system.
During the 2004-2005 state fiscal year:
The agency and the department shall reimburse providers for case management services on a capitated basis and develop uniform standards for case management within the Aged and Disabled Adult Medicaid waiver program. The coordination of acute and chronic medical services for individuals may be included in the capitated rate for case management services. The agency, in consultation with the department, shall adopt any rules necessary to comply with or administer these requirements.
The Legislature finds that preservation of the historic aging network of lead agencies is essential to the well-being of Florida’s elderly population. The Legislature finds that the Florida aging network constitutes a system of essential community providers which should be nurtured and assisted to develop systems of operations which allow the gradual assumption of responsibility and financial risk for managing a client through the entire continuum of long-term care services within the area the lead agency is currently serving, and which allow lead agency providers to develop managed systems of service delivery. The department, in consultation with the agency, shall therefore:
Develop a demonstration project in which existing community care for the elderly lead agencies are assisted in transferring their business model and the service delivery system within their current community care service area to enable assumption, over a period of time, of full risk as a community diversion pilot project contractor providing long-term care services in the areas of operation. The department, in consultation with the agency and the Department of Children and Family Services, shall develop an implementation plan for no more than three lead agencies by October 31, 2004.
In the demonstration area, a community care for the elderly lead agency shall be initially reimbursed on a prepaid or fixed-sum basis for all home and community-based services provided under the long-term care community diversion pilot project. By the end of the third year of operation, the lead agency shall be reimbursed on a prepaid or fixed-sum basis for all services under the long-term care community diversion pilot project.
During the first year of operation, the department, in consultation with the agency, may place providers at risk to provide nursing home services for the enrolled individuals who are participating in the demonstration project. During the 3-year development period, the agency and the department may limit the level of custodial nursing home risk that the administering entities assume. Under risk-sharing arrangements, during the first 3 years of operation, the department, in consultation with the agency, may reimburse the administering entity for the cost of providing nursing home care for Medicaid-eligible participants who have been permanently placed and remain in a nursing home for more than 1 year, or may disenroll such participants from the demonstration project.
The agency, in consultation with the department, shall develop reimbursement rates based on the federally approved, actuarially certified rate methodology for the long-term care community diversion pilot project.
The department, in consultation with the agency, shall ensure that the entity or entities receiving prepaid or fixed-sum reimbursement are assisted in developing internal management and financial control systems necessary to manage the risk associated with providing services under a prepaid or fixed-sum rate system.
If the department and the agency share risk of custodial nursing home placement, payment rates during the first 3 years of operation shall be set at not more than 100 percent of the costs to the agency and the department of providing equivalent services to the population within the area of the pilot project for the year prior to the year in which the pilot project is implemented, adjusted forward to account for inflation and policy changes in the Medicaid program.
Community care for the elderly lead agencies that have operated for a period of at least 20 years, which provide Medicare-certified services to elders, and which have developed a system of service provision by health care volunteers shall be given priority in the selection of the pilot project if they meet the minimum requirements specified in the competitive procurement.
The agency and the department shall adopt rules necessary to comply with or administer these requirements, effect and implement interagency agreements between the agency and the department, and comply with federal requirements.
The department and the agency shall seek federal waivers necessary to implement the requirements of this section.
The Department of Elderly Affairs shall conduct or contract for an evaluation of the demonstration project. The department shall submit the evaluation to the Governor and the Legislature by January 1, 2007. The evaluation must address the effectiveness of the pilot project in providing a comprehensive system of appropriate and high-quality, long-term care services to elders in the least restrictive setting and make recommendations on expanding the project to other parts of the state. This subparagraph is subject to an appropriation by the Legislature.
The agency, in consultation with the department, shall work with the fiscal agent for the Medicaid program to develop a service utilization reporting system that operates through the fiscal agent for the capitated plans.
During the 2005-2006 state fiscal year:
The agency, in consultation with the department, shall monitor the newly integrated programs and report on the progress of those programs to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by June 30, 2006. The report must include an initial evaluation of the programs in their early stages following the evaluation plan developed by the department, in consultation with the agency and the selected contractor.
The department shall monitor the pilot projects for resource centers on aging and report on the progress of those projects to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by June 30, 2006. The report must include an evaluation of the implementation process in its early stages.
The department, in consultation with the agency, shall integrate the database systems for the Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES) program and the Client Information and Referral Tracking System (CIRTS) into a single operating assessment information system by June 30, 2006.
During the 2006-2007 state fiscal year:
The agency, in consultation with the department, shall evaluate the Alzheimer’s Disease waiver program and the Adult Day Health Care waiver program to assess whether providing limited intensive services through these waiver programs produces better outcomes for individuals than providing those services through the fee-for-service or capitated programs that provide a larger array of services.
The agency, in consultation with the department, shall begin discussions with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the inclusion of Medicare into the integrated long-term care system. By December 31, 2006, the agency shall provide to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a plan for including Medicare in the integrated long-term care system.
s. 5, ch. 80-181; s. 272, ch. 81-259; s. 9, ch. 90-319; s. 33, ch. 95-418; s. 7, ch. 98-182; s. 99, ch. 2000-349; s. 18, ch. 2001-254; s. 9, ch. 2002-223; ss. 11, 79, ch. 2002-402; s. 3, ch. 2003-67; s. 21, ch. 2003-399; s. 3, ch. 2004-246; s. 7, ch. 2004-386; s. 73, ch. 2005-2; s. 1, ch. 2005-208; s. 4, ch. 2005-223.
Former s. 410.0241.
Aging resource centers.—
The department, in consultation with the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children and Family Services, shall develop pilot projects for aging resource centers. By October 31, 2004, the department, in consultation with the agency and the Department of Children and Family Services, shall develop an implementation plan for aging resource centers and submit the plan to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The plan must include qualifications for designation as a center, the functions to be performed by each center, and a process for determining that a current area agency on aging is ready to assume the functions of an aging resource center.
Each area agency on aging shall develop, in consultation with the existing community care for the elderly lead agencies within their planning and service areas, a proposal that describes the process the area agency on aging intends to undertake to transition to an aging resource center prior to July 1, 2005, and that describes the area agency’s compliance with the requirements of this section. The proposals must be submitted to the department prior to December 31, 2004. The department shall evaluate all proposals for readiness and, prior to March 1, 2005, shall select three area agencies on aging which meet the requirements of this section to begin the transition to aging resource centers. Those area agencies on aging which are not selected to begin the transition to aging resource centers shall, in consultation with the department and the existing community care for the elderly lead agencies within their planning and service areas, amend their proposals as necessary and resubmit them to the department prior to July 1, 2005. The department may transition additional area agencies to aging resource centers as it determines that area agencies are in compliance with the requirements of this section.
The Auditor General and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) shall jointly review and assess the department’s process for determining an area agency’s readiness to transition to an aging resource center.
The review must, at a minimum, address the appropriateness of the department’s criteria for selection of an area agency to transition to an aging resource center, the instruments applied, the degree to which the department accurately determined each area agency’s compliance with the readiness criteria, the quality of the technical assistance provided by the department to an area agency in correcting any weaknesses identified in the readiness assessment, and the degree to which each area agency overcame any identified weaknesses.
Reports of these reviews must be submitted to the appropriate substantive and appropriations committees in the Senate and the House of Representatives on March 1 and September 1 of each year until full transition to aging resource centers has been accomplished statewide, except that the first report must be submitted by February 1, 2005, and must address all readiness activities undertaken through December 31, 2004. The perspectives of all participants in this review process must be included in each report.
The purposes of an aging resource center shall be:
To provide Florida’s elders and their families with a locally focused, coordinated approach to integrating information and referral for all available services for elders with the eligibility determination entities for state and federally funded long-term-care services.
To provide for easier access to long-term-care services by Florida’s elders and their families by creating multiple access points to the long-term-care network that flow through one established entity with wide community recognition.
The duties of an aging resource center are to:
Develop referral agreements with local community service organizations, such as senior centers, existing elder service providers, volunteer associations, and other similar organizations, to better assist clients who do not need or do not wish to enroll in programs funded by the department or the agency. The referral agreements must also include a protocol, developed and approved by the department, which provides specific actions that an aging resource center and local community service organizations must take when an elder or an elder’s representative seeking information on long-term-care services contacts a local community service organization prior to contacting the aging resource center. The protocol shall be designed to ensure that elders and their families are able to access information and services in the most efficient and least cumbersome manner possible.
Provide an initial screening of all clients who request long-term-care services to determine whether the person would be most appropriately served through any combination of federally funded programs, state-funded programs, locally funded or community volunteer programs, or private funding for services.
Determine eligibility for the programs and services listed in subsection (11) for persons residing within the geographic area served by the aging resource center and determine a priority ranking for services which is based upon the potential recipient’s frailty level and likelihood of institutional placement without such services.
Manage the availability of financial resources for the programs and services listed in subsection (11) for persons residing within the geographic area served by the aging resource center.
When financial resources become available, refer a client to the most appropriate entity to begin receiving services. The aging resource center shall make referrals to lead agencies for service provision that ensure that individuals who are vulnerable adults in need of services pursuant to s. 415.104(3)(b), or who are victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation in need of immediate services to prevent further harm and are referred by the adult protective services program, are given primary consideration for receiving community-care-for-the-elderly services in compliance with the requirements of s. 430.205(5)(a) and that other referrals for services are in compliance with s. 430.205(5)(b).
Convene a work group to advise in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the aging resource center. The work group shall be comprised of representatives of local service providers, Alzheimer’s Association chapters, housing authorities, social service organizations, advocacy groups, representatives of clients receiving services through the aging resource center, and any other persons or groups as determined by the department. The aging resource center, in consultation with the work group, must develop annual program improvement plans that shall be submitted to the department for consideration. The department shall review each annual improvement plan and make recommendations on how to implement the components of the plan.
Enhance the existing area agency on aging in each planning and service area by integrating, either physically or virtually, the staff and services of the area agency on aging with the staff of the department’s local CARES Medicaid nursing home preadmission screening unit and a sufficient number of staff from the Department of Children and Family Services’ Economic Self-Sufficiency Unit necessary to determine the financial eligibility for all persons age 60 and older residing within the area served by the aging resource center that are seeking Medicaid services, Supplemental Security Income, and food assistance.
The department shall select the entities to become aging resource centers based on each entity’s readiness and ability to perform the duties listed in subsection (5) and the entity’s:
Expertise in the needs of each target population the center proposes to serve and a thorough knowledge of the providers that serve these populations.
Strong connections to service providers, volunteer agencies, and community institutions.
Expertise in information and referral activities.
Knowledge of long-term-care resources, including resources designed to provide services in the least restrictive setting.
Financial solvency and stability.
Ability to collect, monitor, and analyze data in a timely and accurate manner, along with systems that meet the department’s standards.
Commitment to adequate staffing by qualified personnel to effectively perform all functions.
Ability to meet all performance standards established by the department.
The aging resource center shall have a governing body which shall be the same entity described in s. 20.41(7), and an executive director who may be the same person as described in s. 20.41(7). The governing body shall annually evaluate the performance of the executive director.
The aging resource center may not be a provider of direct services other than information and referral services and screening.
The aging resource center must agree to allow the department to review any financial information the department determines is necessary for monitoring or reporting purposes, including financial relationships.
The duties and responsibilities of the community care for the elderly lead agencies within each area served by an aging resource center shall be to:
Develop strong community partnerships to maximize the use of community resources for the purpose of assisting elders to remain in their community settings for as long as it is safely possible.
Conduct comprehensive assessments of clients that have been determined eligible and develop a care plan consistent with established protocols that ensures that the unique needs of each client are met.
The services to be administered through the aging resource center shall include those funded by the following programs:
Community care for the elderly.
Home care for the elderly.
Alzheimer’s disease initiative.
Aged and disabled adult Medicaid waiver.
Assisted living for the frail elderly Medicaid waiver.
Older Americans Act.
The department shall, prior to designation of an aging resource center, develop by rule operational and quality assurance standards and outcome measures to ensure that clients receiving services through all long-term-care programs administered through an aging resource center are receiving the appropriate care they require and that contractors and subcontractors are adhering to the terms of their contracts and are acting in the best interests of the clients they are serving, consistent with the intent of the Legislature to reduce the use of and cost of nursing home care. The department shall by rule provide operating procedures for aging resource centers, which shall include:
Minimum standards for financial operation, including audit procedures.
Procedures for monitoring and sanctioning of service providers.
Minimum standards for technology utilized by the aging resource center.
Minimum staff requirements which shall ensure that the aging resource center employs sufficient quality and quantity of staff to adequately meet the needs of the elders residing within the area served by the aging resource center.
Minimum accessibility standards, including hours of operation.
Minimum oversight standards for the governing body of the aging resource center to ensure its continuous involvement in, and accountability for, all matters related to the development, implementation, staffing, administration, and operations of the aging resource center.
Minimum education and experience requirements for executive directors and other executive staff positions of aging resource centers.
Minimum requirements regarding any executive staff positions that the aging resource center must employ and minimum requirements that a candidate must meet in order to be eligible for appointment to such positions.
In an area in which the department has designated an area agency on aging as an aging resource center, the department and the agency shall not make payments for the services listed in subsection (11) and the Long-Term Care Community Diversion Project for such persons who were not screened and enrolled through the aging resource center.
Each aging resource center shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the department for collaboration with the CARES unit staff. The memorandum of understanding shall outline the staff person responsible for each function and shall provide the staffing levels necessary to carry out the functions of the aging resource center.
Each aging resource center shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Children and Family Services for collaboration with the Economic Self-Sufficiency Unit staff. The memorandum of understanding shall outline which staff persons are responsible for which functions and shall provide the staffing levels necessary to carry out the functions of the aging resource center.
If any of the state activities described in this section are outsourced, either in part or in whole, the contract executing the outsourcing shall mandate that the contractor or its subcontractors shall, either physically or virtually, execute the provisions of the memorandum of understanding instead of the state entity whose function the contractor or subcontractor now performs.
In order to be eligible to begin transitioning to an aging resource center, an area agency on aging board must ensure that the area agency on aging which it oversees meets all of the minimum requirements set by law and in rule.
The department shall monitor the three initial projects for aging resource centers and report on the progress of those projects to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by June 30, 2005. The report must include an evaluation of the implementation process.
Once an aging resource center is operational, the department, in consultation with the agency, may develop capitation rates for any of the programs administered through the aging resource center. Capitation rates for programs shall be based on the historical cost experience of the state in providing those same services to the population age 60 or older residing within each area served by an aging resource center. Each capitated rate may vary by geographic area as determined by the department.
The department and the agency may determine for each area served by an aging resource center whether it is appropriate, consistent with federal and state laws and regulations, to develop and pay separate capitated rates for each program administered through the aging resource center or to develop and pay capitated rates for service packages which include more than one program or service administered through the aging resource center.
Once capitation rates have been developed and certified as actuarially sound, the department and the agency may pay service providers the capitated rates for services when appropriate.
The department, in consultation with the agency, shall annually reevaluate and recertify the capitation rates, adjusting forward to account for inflation, programmatic changes.
The department, in consultation with the agency, shall submit to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, by December 1, 2006, a report addressing the feasibility of administering the following services through aging resource centers beginning July 1, 2007:
Medicaid nursing home services.
Medicaid transportation services.
Medicaid hospice care services.
Medicaid intermediate care services.
Medicaid prescribed drug services.
Medicaid assistive care services.
Any other long-term-care program or Medicaid service.
This section shall not be construed to allow an aging resource center to restrict, manage, or impede the local fundraising activities of service providers.
s. 8, ch. 2004-386; s. 3, ch. 2009-46; s. 34, ch. 2010-209.
Confidentiality of information.—
Information about functionally impaired elderly persons who receive services under ss. 430.201-430.206 which is received through files, reports, inspections, or otherwise, by the department or by authorized departmental employees, by persons who volunteer services, or by persons who provide services to functionally impaired elderly persons under ss. 430.201-430.206 through contracts with the department is confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1). Such information may not be disclosed publicly in such a manner as to identify a functionally impaired elderly person, unless that person or his or her legal guardian provides written consent.
s. 9, ch. 91-71; s. 35, ch. 95-418; s. 279, ch. 96-406; s. 1047, ch. 97-103.
Former s. 410.0295.
Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee; research grants.—
It is the finding of the Legislature that Alzheimer’s disease and similar major memory disorders affect an alarmingly high percentage of citizens, primarily those over 65 years of age, and yet little is known of the cause, prevention, or treatment of this disease.
There is created an Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee, composed of 10 members to be selected by the Governor, which shall advise the Department of Elderly Affairs in the performance of its duties under this act. All members must be residents of the state. The committee shall advise the department regarding legislative, programmatic, and administrative matters that relate to Alzheimer’s disease victims and their caretakers.
The committee membership shall be representative as follows:
At least 4 of the 10 members must be licensed pursuant to chapter 458 or chapter 459 or hold a Ph.D. degree and be currently involved in the research of Alzheimer’s disease.
The 10 members must include at least 4 persons who have been caregivers of victims of Alzheimer’s disease.
Whenever possible, the 10 members shall include 1 each of the following professionals: a gerontologist, a geriatric psychiatrist, a geriatrician, a neurologist, a social worker, and a registered nurse.
The Governor shall appoint members from a broad cross-section of public, private, and volunteer sectors. All nominations shall be forwarded to the Governor by the Secretary of Elderly Affairs in accordance with this subsection.
Members shall be appointed to 4-year staggered terms in accordance with s. 20.052.
The Secretary of Elderly Affairs shall serve as an ex officio member of the committee.
The committee shall elect one of its members to serve as chair for a term of 1 year.
The committee may establish subcommittees as necessary to carry out the functions of the committee.
The committee shall meet quarterly, or as frequently as needed.
The Department of Elderly Affairs shall provide staff support to assist the committee in the performance of its duties.
Members of the committee and subcommittees shall receive no salary, but are entitled to reimbursement for travel and per diem expenses, as provided in s. 112.061, while performing their duties under this section.
If funds are made available through gifts, grants, or other sources, the Department of Elderly Affairs shall deposit such funds into its Grants and Donations Trust Fund and shall award research grants to qualified profit or nonprofit associations and institutions or governmental agencies in order to plan, establish, or conduct programs in Alzheimer’s disease control or prevention, education and training, and research. The department may adopt rules necessary to carry out these duties.
ss. 1, 3, ch. 85-145; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 15, ch. 93-120; s. 36, ch. 95-418; s. 3, ch. 96-150; s. 1048, ch. 97-103.
Former s. 410.401.
Alzheimer’s disease; memory disorder clinics and day care and respite care programs.—
There is established:
A memory disorder clinic at each of the three medical schools in this state;
A memory disorder clinic at a major private nonprofit research-oriented teaching hospital, and may fund a memory disorder clinic at any of the other affiliated teaching hospitals;
A memory disorder clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville;
A memory disorder clinic at the West Florida Regional Medical Center;
The Memory Disorder Clinic, Inc., operating in Brevard County;
A memory disorder clinic at the Orlando Regional Healthcare System, Inc.;
A memory disorder center located in a public hospital that is operated by an independent special hospital taxing district that governs multiple hospitals and is located in a county with a population greater than 800,000 persons;
A memory disorder clinic at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Palm Beach County;
A memory disorder clinic at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare;
A memory disorder clinic at Lee Memorial Hospital created by chapter 63-1552, Laws of Florida, as amended;
A memory disorder clinic at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota County;
A memory disorder clinic at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, in Pinellas County; and
A memory disorder clinic at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, in Palm Beach County,
for the purpose of conducting research and training in a diagnostic and therapeutic setting for persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. However, memory disorder clinics funded as of June 30, 1995, shall not receive decreased funding due solely to subsequent additions of memory disorder clinics in this subsection.
It is the intent of the Legislature that research conducted by a memory disorder clinic and supported by state funds pursuant to subsection (1) be applied research, be service-related, and be selected in conjunction with the department. Such research may address, but is not limited to, diagnostic technique, therapeutic interventions, and supportive services for persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders and their caregivers. A memory disorder clinic shall conduct such research in accordance with a research plan developed by the clinic which establishes research objectives that are in accordance with this legislative intent. A memory disorder clinic shall also complete and submit to the department a report of the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of completed research. This subsection does not apply to those memory disorder clinics at the three medical schools in the state or at the major private nonprofit research-oriented teaching hospital or other affiliated teaching hospital.
The Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee shall evaluate and make recommendations to the department and the Legislature concerning the need for additional memory disorder clinics in the state.
Pursuant to the provisions of s. 287.057, the Department of Elderly Affairs may contract for the provision of specialized model day care programs in conjunction with the memory disorder clinics. The purpose of each model day care program must be to provide service delivery to persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder and training for health care and social service personnel in the care of persons having Alzheimer’s disease or related memory disorders.
Pursuant to s. 287.057, the Department of Elderly Affairs shall contract for the provision of respite care. All funds appropriated for the provision of respite care shall be distributed annually by the department to each funded county according to an allocation formula. In developing the formula, the department shall consider the number and proportion of the county population of individuals who are 75 years of age and older. Each respite care program shall be used as a resource for research and statistical data by the memory disorder clinics established in this part. In consultation with the memory disorder clinics, the department shall specify the information to be provided by the respite care programs for research purposes.
Each contract entered into pursuant to this section must contain a requirement for a research component to be completed and reported on in writing to the department according to specifications and within a timeframe provided by the department.
The Agency for Health Care Administration and the department shall seek a federal waiver to implement a Medicaid home and community-based waiver targeted to persons with Alzheimer’s disease to test the effectiveness of Alzheimer’s specific interventions to delay or to avoid institutional placement.
The department shall implement the waiver program specified in subsection (7). The agency and the department shall ensure that providers who have a history of successfully serving persons with Alzheimer’s disease are selected. The department and the agency shall develop specialized standards for providers and services tailored to persons in the early, middle, and late stages of Alzheimer’s disease and designate a level of care determination process and standard that is most appropriate to this population. The department and the agency shall include in the waiver services designed to assist the caregiver in continuing to provide in-home care. The department shall implement this waiver program subject to a specific appropriation or as provided in the General Appropriations Act.
Authority to continue the waiver program specified in subsection (7) shall be automatically eliminated at the close of the 2010 Regular Session of the Legislature unless further legislative action is taken to continue it prior to such time.
s. 2, ch. 85-145; s. 14, ch. 88-398; s. 32, ch. 90-268; s. 1, ch. 90-324; s. 1, ch. 91-179; s. 1, ch. 95-253; s. 37, ch. 95-418; s. 17, ch. 97-82; s. 2, ch. 97-163; s. 1, ch. 98-102; s. 1, ch. 98-327; s. 1, ch. 99-394; s. 86, ch. 2000-153; s. 26, ch. 2003-57; s. 4, ch. 2004-246; s. 9, ch. 2004-386; s. 20, ch. 2005-60; s. 1, ch. 2008-44; s. 1, ch. 2008-60; s. 144, ch. 2010-102.
Former s. 410.402.
Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative; fees and administrative expense.—
Sections 430.501-430.504 may be cited as the “Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative.”
Provider agencies are responsible for the collection of fees for services in accordance with rules adopted by the department. Provider agencies shall assess fees for services rendered in accordance with those rules. To help pay for services received pursuant to the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative, a functionally impaired elderly person shall be assessed a fee based on an overall ability to pay. The fee to be assessed shall be fixed according to a schedule to be established by the department. Services of specified value may be accepted in lieu of a fee. The fee schedule shall be developed in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee, area agencies on aging, and service providers.
s. 38, ch. 95-418.
Confidentiality of information.—
Information about clients of programs created or funded under s. 430.501 or s. 430.503 which is received through files, reports, inspections, or otherwise, by the department or by authorized departmental employees, by persons who volunteer services, or by persons who provide services to clients of programs created or funded under s. 430.501 or s. 430.503 through contracts with the department is confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1). Such information may not be disclosed publicly in such a manner as to identify a person who receives services under s. 430.501 or s. 430.503, unless that person or that person’s legal guardian provides written consent.
s. 12, ch. 91-71; s. 39, ch. 95-418; s. 280, ch. 96-406.
Former s. 410.403.
Comprehensive day treatment services; demonstration projects.—
The Department of Elderly Affairs is authorized to initiate projects to demonstrate the effectiveness of comprehensive day treatment services to seniors as a diversion from nursing home care, thereby allowing seniors to remain in their homes.
s. 2, ch. 99-394.
Home care for the elderly; legislative intent.—
It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage the provision of care for the elderly in family-type living arrangements in private homes as an alternative to institutional or nursing home care for such persons. The provisions of ss. 430.601-430.606 are intended to be supplemental to the provisions of chapters 400 and 429, relating to the licensing and regulation of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and do not exempt any person who is otherwise subject to regulation under those chapters.
s. 81, ch. 95-418; s. 87, ch. 2006-197.
Home care for the elderly; definitions.—
As used in ss. 430.601-430.606:
“Department” means the Department of Elderly Affairs.
“Elderly person” means any person 60 years of age or over who is currently a resident of this state and has an intent to remain in this state.
“Home care for the elderly” means a full-time family-type living arrangement, in a private home, under which a person or group of persons provides, on a nonprofit basis, basic services of maintenance and supervision, and any necessary specialized services as may be needed, for three or fewer elderly persons.
s. 82, ch. 95-418.
Home care for the elderly; rules.—
The department shall by rule establish minimum standards and procedures for the provision of home care for the elderly and for the approval of persons seeking to provide such care. Any person who is approved to provide care, goods, or services for an elderly person shall be eligible for the subsidy payments described in s. 430.605. However, the home care for the elderly program must be operated within the funds appropriated by the Legislature.
s. 83, ch. 95-418.
Department determination of inability to provide home care.—
If a person who plans to provide home care under ss. 430.601-430.606 is found by the department, or its designee, to be unable to provide this care, the department must notify the person seeking to provide home care of this determination, and the person is not eligible for subsidy payments under ss. 430.601-430.606.
s. 84, ch. 95-418.
The department shall develop a schedule of subsidy payments to be made to persons providing home care, and to providers of goods and services, for certain eligible elderly persons. Payments must be based on the financial status of the person receiving care. Payments must include, but need not be limited to:
A support and maintenance element, including costs of housing, food, clothing, and incidentals.
Payments for medical, pharmaceutical, and dental services essential to maintain the health of the elderly person and not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or any form of insurance.
When necessary, special supplements to provide for any goods and services and specialized care required to maintain the health and well-being of the elderly person. Extraordinary medical, dental, or pharmaceutical expenses may be paid as a special supplement.
s. 85, ch. 95-418.
Eligibility for services.—
The criteria for determining eligibility for this program shall be substantially similar to the criteria used to determine eligibility for nursing home care under the Medicaid program.
s. 86, ch. 95-418.
Confidentiality of information.—
Identifying information about elderly persons who receive services under ss. 430.601-430.606, which is received through files, reports, inspection, or otherwise by the department or by authorized departmental employees, by persons who volunteer services, or by persons who provide services to elderly persons under ss. 430.601-430.606 through contracts with the department, is confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. Such information may not be disclosed publicly in such a manner as to identify an elderly person, unless that person or the person’s legal guardian provides written consent.
This section does not, however, limit the subpoena authority of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Department of Legal Affairs pursuant to s. 409.920(10)(b).
s. 1, ch. 95-273; s. 281, ch. 96-406; s. 8, ch. 2000-163; s. 25, ch. 2004-344; s. 34, ch. 2009-223.
Legislative findings and intent; approval for action relating to provider enrollment levels.—
The Legislature finds that state expenditures for long-term care services continue to increase at a rapid rate and that Florida faces increasing pressure in its efforts to meet the long-term care needs of the public. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Elderly Affairs, in consultation with the Agency for Health Care Administration, implement long-term care community diversion pilot projects to test the effectiveness of managed care and outcome-based reimbursement principles when applied to long-term care.
The agency may seek federal approval in advance of 1approval of its formal waiver application to limit the diversion provider network by freezing enrollment of providers at current levels when an area already has three or more providers or, in an expansion area, when enrollment reaches a level of three providers. This subsection does not prevent the department from approving a provider to expand service to additional counties within a planning and service area for which the provider is already approved to serve.
s. 1, ch. 97-87; s. 11, ch. 2004-298; s. 13, ch. 2004-386.
As amended by s. 13, ch. 2004-386. The similar amendment by s. 11, ch. 2004-298, did not contain the words “approval of.”
This act may be cited as the “Long-Term Care Community Diversion Pilot Project Act.”
s. 2, ch. 97-87.
As used in this act, the term:
“Agency” means the Agency for Health Care Administration.
“Community diversion” means a strategy that places participants in the most appropriate care settings and provides comprehensive home and community-based services of sufficient quantity, type, and duration to prevent or delay the need for long-term placement in a nursing facility.
“Community diversion pilot project” means any pilot service delivery system that places participants in the most appropriate care settings and provides comprehensive home and community-based services of sufficient quantity, type, and duration to prevent or delay the need for long-term placement in a nursing facility.
“Community diversion pilot project area” means a geographic area selected by the department where the department will conduct a community diversion pilot project.
“Department” means the Department of Elderly Affairs.
“Managed care organization” means an entity that meets the requirements of the Office of Insurance Regulation of the Financial Services Commission for operation as a health maintenance organization and meets the qualifications for participation as a managed care organization established by the agency and the office.
“Other qualified provider” means an entity licensed under chapter 400 or chapter 429 that demonstrates a long-term care continuum and meets all requirements pursuant to an interagency agreement between the agency and the department.
“Participant” means an individual enrolled in a community diversion pilot project.
s. 3, ch. 97-87; s. 23, ch. 2000-163; s. 465, ch. 2003-261; s. 10, ch. 2004-386; s. 88, ch. 2006-197.
Nursing home transition program.—
The department and the Agency for Health Care Administration:
Shall implement a system of care designed to assist individuals residing in nursing homes to regain independence and to move to less costly settings.
Shall collaboratively work to identify nursing home residents who are able to move to community placements, and to provide case management and supportive services to such individuals while they are in nursing homes to assist such individuals to move to less expensive and less restrictive settings.
Shall modify existing service delivery systems or develop new service delivery systems to economically and efficiently meet such individuals’ care needs.
Shall offer such individuals priority placement and services in all home-based and community-based care programs and shall ensure that funds are available to provide services to individuals to whom services are offered.
May seek federal waivers necessary to administer this section.
s. 15, ch. 2002-223; s. 11, ch. 2004-386; s. 2, ch. 2005-208.
Evaluation of long-term care through the pilot projects.—
The department shall evaluate the Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care (CARES) Program processes, procedures, and instruments, and its ability to predict nursing home placement. The department may revise these processes, procedures, and instruments as necessary to increase the number of persons diverted from institutional placement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the department from directing CARES to review and evaluate nursing home residents. The department shall:
Ensure that the CARES process is an effective predictor of the need for nursing facility care; and
Assess the use of CARES as a single entry point for aging and long-term care services.
The department shall develop a capitation rate-setting method that:
Assures sufficient savings from the state Medicaid nursing home budget category to fund the community diversion pilot projects; and
Assures that expenditures do not exceed the average nursing home cost in the pilot project area, excluding Medicaid acute care costs and Medicaid cost-sharing.
The department shall evaluate:
The standards in existing Medicaid managed care contracts to determine if they are sufficient to assure access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of services for frail elders.
The cost-effectiveness of the services provided by the pilot projects.
The impact of nursing home bed growth on state expenditures.
Methods to encourage competition among long-term care service providers that will improve service quality, price, and participant satisfaction.
Criteria for selecting the managed care organizations, including, but not limited to, quality assurance processes, grievance procedures, service costs, accessibility, adequacy of provider networks, and administrative costs.
Criteria for participant eligibility.
s. 4, ch. 97-87.
Implementation of the long-term care community diversion pilot projects.—
In designing and implementing the community diversion pilot projects, the department shall work in consultation with the agency.
The department shall select projects whose design and providers demonstrate capacity to maximize the placement of participants in the least restrictive appropriate care setting.
The department shall select providers that meet all of the following criteria. Providers shall:
Have a plan administrator who is dedicated to the diversion pilot project and project staff who perform the necessary project administrative functions, including data collection, reporting, and analysis.
Demonstrate the ability to provide program enrollees with a choice of care provider by contracting with multiple providers that provide the same type of service.
Demonstrate through performance or other documented means the capacity for prompt payment of claims as specified under s. 641.3155.
Maintain an insolvency protection account in a bank or savings and loan association located in the state with a balance of at least $100,000 into which monthly deposits equal to at least 5 percent of premiums received under the project are made until the balance equals 2 percent of the total contract amount. The account shall be established with such terms as to ensure that funds may only be withdrawn with the signature approval of designated department representatives.
Maintain a surplus of at least $1.5 million as determined by the department. Each applicant and each provider shall furnish to the department initial and annual unqualified audited financial statements prepared by a certified public accountant that expressly confirm that the applicant or provider satisfies this surplus requirement. The department may approve a waiver of compliance with the surplus requirement for an existing diversion provider. The department’s approval of this waiver must be contingent on the provider demonstrating proof to the department that the entity has posted and maintains a $1.5 million performance bond, which is written by an insurer licensed to transact insurance in this state, in lieu of meeting the surplus requirement. The department may not approve a waiver of compliance with the surplus requirement that extends beyond June 30, 2006. As used in this subparagraph, the term:
“Existing diversion provider” means an entity that is approved by the department on or before June 30, 2005, to provide services to consumers through any long-term care community diversion pilot project authorized under ss. 430.701-430.709.
“Surplus” has the same meaning as in s. 641.19(19).
The requirements of paragraph (b) do not apply to entities selected to provide services to the pilot projects authorized under s. 430.205(6)(b)2. The department, in consultation with the agency, shall develop by rule minimum financial solvency and reporting standards for these providers that are reflective of the amount of risk the provider will assume under the pilot project. The standards adopted by rule shall ensure safety for the pilot project enrollees and financial protection for the state in the event of a provider’s inability to continue providing services to the project.
The agency shall seek federal waivers necessary to place a cap on the number of diversion pilot project providers in each geographic area.
Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. s. 438.6(c), the agency, in consultation with the department, shall annually reevaluate and recertify the capitation rates for the diversion pilot projects. The agency, in consultation with the department, shall secure the utilization and cost data for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries served by the program which shall be used in developing rates for the diversion pilot projects.
A prospective participant who applies for the long-term care community diversion pilot project and is determined by the Comprehensive Assessment Review and Evaluation for Long-Term Care Services (CARES) Program within the Department of Elderly Affairs to be medically eligible, but has not been determined financially eligible by the Department of Children and Family Services, shall be designated “Medicaid Pending.” CARES shall determine each applicant’s eligibility within 22 days after receiving the application. Contractors may elect to provide services to Medicaid Pending individuals until their financial eligibility is determined. If the individual is determined financially eligible, the agency shall pay the contractor that provided the services a capitated rate retroactive to the first of the month following the CARES eligibility determination. If the individual is not financially eligible for Medicaid, the contractor may terminate services and seek reimbursement from the individual.
The department shall provide to prospective participants a choice of participating in a community diversion pilot project or any other appropriate placement available. To the extent possible, individuals shall be allowed to choose their care providers, including long-term care service providers affiliated with an individual’s religious faith or denomination.
The department shall enroll participants. Providers shall not directly enroll participants in community diversion pilot projects.
The department may require participants to contribute to their cost of care in an amount not to exceed the cost-sharing required of Medicaid-eligible nursing home residents.
Community diversion pilot projects must:
Provide services for participants that are of sufficient quality, quantity, type, and duration to prevent or delay nursing facility placement.
Integrate acute and long-term care services, and the funding sources for such services, as feasible.
Encourage individuals, families, and communities to plan for their long-term care needs.
Provide skilled and intermediate nursing facility care for participants who cannot be adequately cared for in noninstitutional settings.
The department, in consultation with the agency, is authorized to adopt any rules necessary to implement and administer the long-term care community diversion pilot projects authorized under ss. 430.701-430.709.
s. 5, ch. 97-87; s. 1, ch. 98-184; s. 12, ch. 2004-386; s. 3, ch. 2005-208; s. 22, ch. 2006-28.
Quality of care.—
The department, in consultation with the agency, shall develop quality of care standards for community diversion pilot projects. Such standards shall apply to all contractors and subcontractors, and must include, but are not limited to, outcome measures, utilization review, grievance and conflict resolution, patient satisfaction, and care and service standards.
s. 6, ch. 97-87.
The department, in consultation with the agency, shall select and contract with managed care organizations and, on a prepaid basis, with other qualified providers as defined in s. 430.703(7) to provide long-term care within community diversion pilot project areas. All providers shall report quarterly to the department regarding the entity’s compliance with all the financial and quality assurance requirements of the contract.
The department, in consultation with the agency, may contract with entities that have submitted an application as a community nursing home diversion project as of July 1, 1998, to provide benefits pursuant to the “Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly” as established in Pub. L. No. 105-33. For the purposes of this community nursing home diversion project, such entities are exempt from the requirements of chapter 641 if the entity is a private, nonprofit, superior-rated nursing home and if at least 50 percent of its residents are eligible for Medicaid. The agency, in consultation with the department, shall accept and forward to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services an application for expansion of the pilot project from an entity that provides benefits pursuant to the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly and that is in good standing with the agency, the department, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
s. 7, ch. 97-87; s. 2, ch. 98-327; s. 24, ch. 2000-163; s. 4, ch. 2005-208; s. 19, ch. 2009-55.
A. Section 14, ch. 2010-156, provides that “[n]otwithstanding s. 430.707, Florida Statutes, and subject to federal approval of the application to be a site for the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, the Agency for Health Care Administration shall contract with one private health care organization, the sole member of which is a private, not-for-profit corporation that owns and manages health care organizations which provide comprehensive services, including hospice and palliative care services, to frail and elderly persons who reside in Polk, Highlands, Hardee, and Hillsborough Counties. Such an entity shall be exempt from the requirements of chapter 641, Florida Statutes. The agency, in consultation with the Department of Elderly Affairs and subject to appropriation, shall approve up to 150 initial enrollees in the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly established by this organization to serve persons in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.”
B. Section 15, ch. 2010-156, provides that “[n]otwithstanding s. 430.707, Florida Statutes, and subject to federal approval of an application for expansion to a new site, the Agency for Health Care Administration shall contract with an Organized Health Care Delivery System (OHCDS) in Miami-Dade County that currently offers benefits pursuant to the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly to provide comprehensive services to frail and elderly persons residing in Southwest Miami-Dade County. Such an entity shall be exempt from the requirements of chapter 641, Florida Statutes. The agency, in consultation with the Department of Elderly Affairs and subject to appropriation, shall approve up to 50 initial enrollees in the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly established by this organization to serve persons in Southwest Miami-Dade County.”
Certificate of need.—
To ensure that Medicaid community diversion pilot projects result in a reduction in the projected average monthly nursing home caseload, the agency shall, in accordance with the provisions of s. 408.034(5):
Reduce the projected nursing home bed need in each certificate-of-need batching cycle in the community diversion pilot project areas.
Reduce the conditions imposed on existing nursing homes or those to be constructed, in accordance with the number of projected community diversion slots.
Adopt rules to reduce the number of beds in Medicaid-participating nursing homes eligible for Medicaid, through a Medicaid-selective contracting process or some other appropriate method.
Determine the feasibility of increasing the nursing home occupancy threshold used in determining nursing home bed needs under the certificate-of-need process.
s. 8, ch. 97-87; s. 17, ch. 2002-223.
Reports and evaluations.—
Beginning January 1, 1998, and continuing each January 1 while the community diversion pilot projects are operating, the department shall report to the Legislature regarding the implementation and operation of community diversion pilot projects.
The department shall contract for an independent evaluation of the community diversion pilot projects. Such evaluation must include a careful review and assessment of the actual cost for the provision of services to participants.
The department, in consultation with the agency, shall assess the feasibility of implementing a managed long-term care system throughout the state to serve appropriate Medicaid-eligible long-term care recipients age 60 years and older.
s. 9, ch. 97-87.
Implementation of a teaching nursing home pilot project.—
As used in this section, the term “teaching nursing home” means a nursing home facility licensed under chapter 400 which contains a minimum of 170 licensed nursing home beds; has access to a resident senior population of sufficient size to support education, training, and research relating to geriatric care; and has a contractual relationship with a federally funded accredited geriatric research center in this state or operates in its own right a geriatric research center.
The Agency for Health Care Administration shall implement a comprehensive multidisciplinary program of geriatric education and research as a pilot project in a nursing home facility designated by the agency as a teaching nursing home. The program shall be established as a pilot project and shall be administered at the nursing home facility and other appropriate settings.
The agency shall develop criteria for designating teaching nursing homes in consultation with advocates of the elderly, advocates of persons with disabilities, representatives of the nursing home industry, and representatives of the State University System.
To be designated as a teaching nursing home, a nursing home licensee must, at a minimum:
Provide a comprehensive program of integrated senior services that include institutional services and community-based services;
Participate in a nationally recognized accreditation program and hold a valid accreditation, such as the accreditation awarded by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or, at the time of initial designation, possess a Gold Seal Award as conferred by the state on its licensed nursing home;
Have been in business in this state for a minimum of 10 consecutive years;
Demonstrate an active program in multidisciplinary education and research that relates to gerontology;
Have a formalized contractual relationship with at least one accredited health profession education program located in this state;
Have senior staff members who hold formal faculty appointments at universities, which must include at least one accredited health profession education program; and
Maintain insurance coverage pursuant to s. 400.141(1)(s) or proof of financial responsibility in a minimum amount of $750,000. Such proof of financial responsibility may include:
Maintaining an escrow account consisting of cash or assets eligible for deposit in accordance with s. 625.52; or
Obtaining and maintaining pursuant to chapter 675 an unexpired, irrevocable, nontransferable and nonassignable letter of credit issued by any bank or savings association organized and existing under the laws of this state or any bank or savings association organized under the laws of the United States that has its principal place of business in this state or has a branch office which is authorized to receive deposits in this state. The letter of credit shall be used to satisfy the obligation of the facility to the claimant upon presentment of a final judgment indicating liability and awarding damages to be paid by the facility or upon presentment of a settlement agreement signed by all parties to the agreement when such final judgment or settlement is a result of a liability claim against the facility.
A teaching nursing home may be affiliated with a medical school within the state and a federally funded center of excellence in geriatric research and education. The purpose of such affiliations is to foster the development of methods for improving and expanding the capability of health care facilities to respond to the medical, psychological, and social needs of frail and elderly persons by providing the most effective and appropriate services. A teaching nursing home shall serve as a resource for research and for training health care professionals in providing health care services in institutional settings to frail and older persons.
The Legislature may provide an annual appropriation to the nursing home facility designated as a teaching nursing home.
In order for a nursing home to qualify as a teaching nursing home under this section and to be entitled to the benefits provided under this section, the nursing home must:
Be primarily operated and established to offer, afford, and render a comprehensive multidisciplinary program of geriatric education and research to residents of the state; and
Certify to the Agency for Health Care Administration each school year the name, address, and educational history of each trainee approved and accepted for enrollment in the institution.
A teaching nursing home may not expend any of the funds received under this section for any purpose other than operating and maintaining a teaching nursing home and conducting geriatric research. In addition, a teaching nursing home may not expend any funds received under this section for constructing any building of any kind, nature, or description or for maintaining or operating, in any form or manner, a nursing home or health care facility.
s. 24, ch. 99-394; s. 30, ch. 2002-223; s. 65, ch. 2009-223; s. 1, ch. 2010-197.
DIRECT-SUPPORT ORGANIZATION ESTABLISHED.—The Department of Elderly Affairs may establish a direct-support organization to provide assistance, funding, and support for the department in carrying out its mission. This section governs the creation, use, powers, and duties of the direct-support organization.
DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
“Department” means the Department of Elderly Affairs.
“Direct-support organization” means an organization that is:
A Florida corporation, not for profit, incorporated under chapter 617, and approved by the Department of State;
Organized and operated exclusively to obtain funds; to request and receive grants, gifts, and bequests of moneys; to acquire, receive, hold, invest, and administer in its own name securities, funds, or property; and to make expenditures to or for the direct or indirect benefit of the department and persons in this state who are 60 years of age or older; and
Determined by the department to be operating in a manner consistent with the goals of the department and in the best interest of the state.
“Personal services” means full-time or part-time personnel.
“Secretary” means the Secretary of Elderly Affairs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS.—The direct-support organization shall be governed by a board of directors.
The board of directors shall consist of no fewer than five members appointed by the secretary. Networks and partnerships in this state involved in issues related to aging may recommend nominees to the secretary.
The term of office of the board members shall be 3 years, except that the terms of the initial appointees shall be for 1 year, 2 years, or 3 years in order to achieve staggered terms. A member may be reappointed when his or her term expires. The secretary or his or her designee shall serve as an ex officio member of the board of directors.
Members must be current residents of this state. A majority of the members must be 60 years of age or older and highly knowledgeable about the department, its service delivery system, and its mission. The secretary may remove any member of the board for cause and with the approval of a majority of the members of the board of directors. The secretary shall appoint a replacement for any vacancy that occurs.
CONTRACT.—A direct-support organization shall operate under a written contract with the department. The written contract must provide for:
Certification by the department that the direct-support organization is complying with the terms of the contract and is doing so consistent with the goals and purposes of the department and in the best interests of the state. This certification must be made annually and reported in the official minutes of a meeting of the direct-support organization.
The reversion of moneys and property held by the direct-support organization:
To the department if the direct-support organization is no longer approved to operate for the department;
To the department if the direct-support organization ceases to exist; or
To the state if the department ceases to exist.
The disclosure of the material provisions of the contract and the distinction between the department and the direct-support organization to donors of gifts, contributions, or bequests, including such disclosure on all promotional and fundraising publications.
USE OF PROPERTY.—
The department may permit the use of property, facilities, and personal services of the department by the direct-support organization, subject to this section.
The department may prescribe by contract any condition with which the direct-support organization must comply in order to use property, facilities, or personal services of the department.
The department may not permit the use of its property, facilities, or personal services by any direct-support organization organized under this section which does not provide equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or religion.
ACTIVITIES; RESTRICTIONS.—Any transaction or agreement between the direct-support organization organized under this section and another direct-support organization or other entity must be approved by the secretary.
ANNUAL BUDGETS AND REPORTS.—
The fiscal year of the direct-support organization shall begin on July 1 of each year and end on June 30 of the following year.
The direct-support organization shall submit to the department its federal Internal Revenue Service Application for Recognition of Exemption form and its federal Internal Revenue Service Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax form.
ANNUAL AUDIT.—The direct-support organization shall provide for an annual financial audit in accordance with s. 215.981.
s. 1, ch. 2009-179.
Multiservice senior center; definition; purpose.—
A “multiservice senior center” is:
A community facility that is a focal point for the organization and provision of a broad spectrum of services suited to the diverse needs and interests of independent older persons, which may include nutritional meals; health, mental health, social, wellness, respite care, and education services; and recreational activities.
An entity that may partner with an aging resource center to provide for easier access to long-term care services by seniors and their families who reside within the local community.
A setting that provides opportunities that enable participants to stay connected to their communities and their support networks.
Designed to offer preventive screenings, activities, and services that may divert seniors from more extensive in-home services and help reduce, delay, or prevent premature institutionalization.
s. 1, ch. 2005-223.
Multiservice senior center.—
If practicable, multiservice senior center services shall be available to functionally impaired elderly persons.
If feasible, a multiservice senior center should be centrally located and easily accessible to public transportation. Provision may be made for transporting persons to the center. A center shall be designed to provide ease of access and use by seniors with varying levels of physical abilities.
Each multiservice senior center is encouraged to have on the premises at all times a functioning automated external defibrillator.
Multiservice senior centers that provide automated external defibrillators shall ensure that personnel are properly trained in accordance with s. 401.2915.
The location of each automated external defibrillator shall be registered with a local emergency medical services medical director.
The use of automated external defibrillators by employees and volunteers shall be covered under the provisions of ss. 768.13 and 768.1325.
The department may adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section.
Multiservice senior centers are encouraged to seek national accreditation by the National Institute of Senior Centers.
ss. 2, 3, ch. 76-51; s. 18, ch. 78-433; s. 7, ch. 80-181; s. 34, ch. 95-418; s. 2, ch. 2004-367; s. 2, ch. 2005-223.
Former s. 409.3629; s. 410.026; s. 430.206.