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AHCA Regulations Highlight Differences between Home Health Agencies and Nurse Registries

June 1, 2021

  Within recent years, 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 that 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 of Florida 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

March 10, 2020

  The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida (VNA) would not be successful without our hardworking, dedicated, and passionate caregivers. Every day, they go the extra mile to provide exceptional care for our patients, assisting them with everyday tasks which allows our patients to maintain their independence at home. With this said, we are pleased to recognize and acknowledge our caregivers for their commitment to patient care. This quarter’s Spotlight Caregiver is Hopeline Buchanan. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who has been with the VNA for two and a half years. She chose to become a CNA because she wanted to have a career that supports her true passion, which is helping others when they need it most. Hopeline never fails to be compassionate and dedicated to each one of her patients. “Over the years, I have become attached to all of my patients. They’re like my family members to me,” she says. Most recently, Hopeline accompanied a patient from Florida to Philadelphia so the patient could be closer to family. The patient’s Care Manager was extremely impressed that we were able to provide such a thoughtful and lo

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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