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Welcome to the Florida Home Bound Blog. This section of our website is specially designed to keep Home Care professionals updated on changes that are occurring in this industry. Click here if you want to submit any updates you find. Your contribution to our blog and/or suggestion is greatly appreciated.

All home health agencies must submit a quarterly report at the website on the items required in state law (400.474(6)(f), Florida Statutes). There are no exceptions. Please view our Quarterly Report.

 


NOAA Weather Radio Now Numbers 1000 Transmitters!

Updated: 04/01/11

Source: www.nws.noaa.gov

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information.

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Home Health Agency State Law Changes

Updated: 2/14/11

Click here to view the new state law changes for home health agencies.


PPD Test

Updated: 12/15/10

This is an excerpt from the Florida Rule section dealing with questions regarding yearly PPD test . As you can see there is no need for a TB test. So you would need to refer to your agency policy regarding TB testing.

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AHCA Background Screening -- Affidavit

Here is the latest update on Level 2 Background Screening.  We have received many questions from members regarding level 2 Background Screenings that have been done by other state agencies, and whether they can be used to meet the Level 2 requirement for AHCA.   The Department of Health Background Screenings are uploaded to AHCA’s site every evening, so they will be accessible.  Other state agencies screenings are not accessible on the AHCA site, but may also be used to fill the Level 2 Background Screening requirement.

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Clinical Laboratories 

Source: www.fdhc.state.fl.us

All facilities, including physician offices, performing any clinical laboratory testing, are required to obtain a federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) certificate. Facilities performing any non-waived clinical laboratory testing or testing using a microscope must also obtain a state clinical laboratory license before the laboratory is authorized to perform testing. The AHCA Laboratory Unit handles applications and changes for both the state laboratory licensure and federal CLIA certification programs.

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More Information (click the links below)

How Are Florida's Different Home Care Providers Regulated?

Accreditation Policies and Procedures

Hurricane Update