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AHCA Regulations Highlight Differences between Home Health Agencies and Nurse Registries

October 1, 2019

  Within the past year, numerous provisions related to the regulation of healthcare facilities by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) were amended, as per Florida Senate Bill 622, with several of the amendments directly affecting nurse registries. To understand how the provisional amendments affect in-home healthcare, it’s important to note that nurse registries and home health agencies are two separate business entities with different regulations. For example, both businesses provide healthcare services to patients in their homes, but home health agencies (like the VNA) are required by Florida law to employ their caregivers, whereas nurse registries use independent contractors. The reality is nurse registries do not have employees, they do not carry workers compensation insurance, nor do they carry liability or malpractice insurance. Independent contractors working on behalf of nurse registries are also not covered by the registry for injury, damages, or criminal acts, such as theft. Home health agencies like the VNA provide full workers’ compensation, liability and malpractice insurance, as well as take full responsibility for all employees’ conduct and behavior. As per the latest legislative changes, nurse registries are restricted from

August 7, 2019

vna care manager lauren and client pattyPatty is happy to be a client of the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA). Her children, grandchildren and extended family members live out of state, so Patty relies on her VNA Certified Care Manager, Lauren Fischesser, R.N., to help her remain active and independent. She also relies on Lauren to keep her family informed about her health and well-being.

In addition to managing Patty’s medications, accompanying her to doctors’ appointments, making sure she has any medical equipment she may need, and keeping her family informed, Lauren also provides companionship and brightens Patty’s day in heartwarming ways.

“We have dinner together and spend holidays together,” Patty said. “And we tease each other a lot.”

”We really are good friends,” said Lauren.

Patty was a client of Lauren’s in the past when Lauren worked for a different home healthcare agency.

February 26, 2019

  vna-home-health-care-patient-kateKathleen, or “Kate” as her friends call her, has been a patient with the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) for over 3 years. Originally from New York City, she grew up acting and performing in the city’s theaters. It was while walking through New York City that she first felt a sharp pain in her leg. The following morning, she awoke to find that her leg was bright red. Having previously had knee replacement surgery, Kate thought her pain was directly related to her knee implant. But the next day, when her other leg began displaying the same symptoms, Kate knew it was something else. Eventually, she decided to relocate to Florida to be closer to her family while trying to gain control of her health. Ultimately, she underwent 21 different surgeries to try to alleviate her symptoms. While she healed, she employed the home health care services of the VNA.

“Everyone at the VNA goes above and beyond to make their patients feel like more than just a number,” said Kate.

Now, over three years later, Kate has employed many home health care services offered by the VNA, i

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