Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a pair of bills that will require SNFs and assisted living facilities to have generators capable of maintaining a temperature of 81 degrees or lower for four days, the Associated Press reported.
According to Skilled Nursing News, the twin bills came in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which devastated South Florida late last summer and led to the deaths of 14 residents of a Hollywood, Fla. nursing home that lost power in the sweltering heat. Scott, a Republican, issued an emergency order requiring backup generators, a move that some industry groups initially resisted — not because of the spirit of the law, but because they claimed it would be impossible to implement in the state’s 60-day timeframe.
The two sides eventually worked together to develop a solution that satisfied both the operators and the state, with LeadingAge Florida formally pulling its opposition in January.
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