Florida governor orders removal of nursing home from Medicaid after 8 died

  • Florida governor orders removal of nursing home from Medicaid after 8 died

Florida governor orders removal of nursing home from Medicaid after 8 died

"Unfortunately, early this morning several patients experienced distress and there were three fatalities at the facility and three at the hospital they were transferred to".

Of assisted living facilities, 193 were on generators, 1,978 had power, 182 reported being closed and 177 reported post-storm evacuations. Workers scrambled to keep patients cool with emergency stocks of ice and Popsicles.

Officials in the devastated Florida Keys say they agonized over reopening parts of the island chain after Hurricane Irma, knowing residents were desperate to assess the damage, but anxious about harsh living conditions for those who returned.

"Assisted living facilities and nursing homes serve our elderly and Florida's most vulnerable residents, and so many families rely on the health care professionals at these facilities to care for their loved ones", Scott said in a statement.

Nursing home owner Jack Michel never replaced the system, Bichachi said. The group was working on a precise count.

In addition to severe flooding across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, residents faced widespread power outages that initially plunged more than half the state into darkness. But after more deaths sparked new questions about conditions at the center, the body was claimed by the medical examiner.

Homebound seniors were also a concern. Well, nursing homes and medical facilities have priority in cases like this. "That's exactly why we asked them to leave". They're not going to leave now. Big Pine, Little Torch, Summerland and Sugarloaf keys got the worst of the storm.

Some 3.1 million homes and businesses, representing close to one-third of the state's population, were without power on Thursday in Florida and neighboring states.

Utilities have restored power to millions, but they have also warned that it could be days or weeks until electricity is restored in places that suffered the harshest blows from Irma, which lashed essentially the entire state with punishing rain and wind.

Earlier this week, tragedy struck at a Hollywood nursing home when eight elderly people died due to hot conditions after the facility's air conditioning lost power from Hurricane Irma. After making its first landfall in Barbuda at Category 5 strength on September 6, Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, moving north and west across islands such as St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, St. Martin/St. Maarten, St. Barts, and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.

"We want to make sure we interview everybody and see what they did and what they didn't do to make a determination, was there any criminal elements here", said Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez.

Their ages ranged from 71 to 99, according to police.

"Someone's got to answer for this".

"When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number", Trump said. "Whoever was in charge, whoever was responsible, needs to be called onto the carpet for it". The largest numbers of outages remained in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Lee counties. Several patients at the sweltering nursing home died, authorities said Wednesday.

"Facility administration is cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome".

Rick Scott has directed Florida's agency for healthcare administration to remove the rehabilitation center from the Medicaid program.

"It is clear that this facility can not be responsible for Florida's vulnerable patients, and therefore the State will stop them from providing care", Scott said in a news release. "All evidence and records in the control of the center are being preserved".

One resident died late Tuesday at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and was taken directly to a funeral home.

In a recent Department of Health and Human Services report, IL was found to have the highest rate of unreported suspected nursing home abuse and neglect.