Governor Scott Issues New Emergency Rules for Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes Following Hurricane Irma

9/20/2017 - By Claudia Reingruber, CPA

In a recent press release, Governor Scott's office announced that he has directed the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Secretary and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary to issue new emergency rules requiring, among other things, that all Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes obtain resources, including a generator and the appropriate fuel to sustain operations and maintain climate control for 96 hours following a loss of power. Compliance with the new ACHA rule and the new Department of Elder Affairs rule represents a potentially significant cost for most ALF's and Nursing Homes.  

The Florida Health Care Association and LeadingAge Florida will host a Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday, September 22. 

IRS Announces Important Tax Relief Information:

The IRS has granted extensions until January 31, 2018, for any tax return, extended tax return, or tax payment that was due 09/04/2017 or is due after 09/04/2017. This extension applies to any taxpayer who resides in or whose business is in any Florida county.  

For full details and continued updates from the IRS, visit the IRS Newsroom.

Business Interruption Loss Claims:

We know that many Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities have experienced financial hardships stemming from increased expenses and/or lost revenues as a result of Hurricane Irma. New emergency rules regarding standby power generators may be set to exacerbate those losses. Some of these losses may be recoverable under your provider's insurance policies, including damages to property and business interruption claims.  

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