On August 8, FHA hosted a roundtable discussion in Tampa with special guests Representative Kim Berfield (R – Pinellas), Representative Karen Gonzalez Pittman (R – Hillsborough), and Representative Kevin Steele (R – Pasco). We were also thrilled to be joined by member hospital executives from AdventHealth, BayCare Health System, Lakeland Regional Health, Moffitt Cancer Center, Orlando Health, and Tampa General Hospital.
FHA representatives shared an overview of the current state of hospitals and health systems in Florida and provided perspectives on some of the state’s most pressing legislative issues. Workforce shortages continue to be important to our lawmakers as FHA distributed recent data on nursing turnover and vacancy rates, discussed the ongoing cultural and environmental challenges hospitals are facing to staff their facilities, and highlighted the impressive work of Florida’s hospitals to drastically reduce turnover rates over the last year. We sincerely appreciate the thoughtful engagement from Representatives Berfield, Gonzalez Pittman, and Steele as well as the input of our member experts, and look forward to continuing our work on these critical issues.
The FHA roundtable series continues over the next several weeks with stops in Jacksonville and Southwest Florida
FHA's Focus on the Health Care Workforce
On August 3, FHA hosted a comprehensive webinar to discuss current efforts, status, and activities addressing key priorities within the health care workforce.
The discussion featured contributions from several esteemed special guests, including representatives from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), and the American Hospital Association (AHA).
- Florida's Commitment to Healthcare Housing: Charles White of the FHFC shared insights into how Florida is working to ensure both the availability and affordability of housing for the healthcare workforce. This effort not only supports those already in the field but also encourages the growth of the profession.
- Educational Opportunities through DOE: Kathryn Wheeler from the FLDOE discussed the Pathways to Careers Opportunity Grant. This significant initiative aids in the funding of educational pursuits within healthcare professions, making it more accessible for individuals to achieve their career goals.
- National Support for Provider Workforce: Shannon Wu from the AHA took the opportunity to outline the priorities for Medicare Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding at a national level. These funds are crucial in supporting the provider workforce and ensuring the continued delivery of high-quality healthcare services.
The webinar hosted by FHA showcases a concerted effort to address multifaceted challenges faced by the healthcare workforce.
The slides, recording, and follow-up information are below:
For more information on PCOG, you may contact Julie Nichols, Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Manager or Kathryn Wheeler, Director of Apprenticeship.
FHA’s President & CEO, Mary C. Mayhew appointed to Mental Health Commission Subcommittee
Congratulations to FHA’s President Mayhew, on her appointment as a subject matter expert to the Commission on Mental Health and Substance Use’s System of Care subcommittee. This distinguished appointment recognizes FHA’s commitment to expanding dialogue and ensuring that Floridians have timely access to vital mental health care and substance use treatment services.
FHA’s role in the subcommittee will further solidify hospitals’ and health systems’ crucial role in delivering appropriate behavioral health care. Chaired by DCF Secretary Shevaun Harris, the subcommittee will provide recommendations to the Commission by:
- reviewing and evaluating the current management and functioning of publicly supported mental health and substance use systems,
- the current capacity of crisis response services,
- adapting community care models,
- and identify gaps in services across the state.
This appointment not only reflects FHA’s dedication but also underscores hospitals’ ability to drive meaningful change in mental health care.
$100 Million in Funding to Strengthen the Nursing Workforce
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that more than $100 million is being awarded to address the nationwide shortage of nurses and healthcare professionals nationwide. This is part of a larger HHS workforce initiative in an effort to build the pipeline of individuals in pursuit of a career in the healthcare professions. The funding will be designated for the professional development of nurse faculty, expansion of pre-licensure nursing programs, and advanced practice programs in nursing. With the recently experienced workforce shortage at crisis levels during the pandemic and the projected growing shortage over the next 10 years, efforts to build and strengthen the workforce are critical.
The HHS funding grant will be allocated among three priorities:
- $65 million for advanced practice nursing education, residency and fellowship programs to support the delivery of primary, mental health and maternal health care.
- $26 million to recruit and train more nursing faculty to ensure there is an adequate supply of nurse educators for the existing enrollment and expansion of enrollment slots in the nursing programs.
- Nearly $9 million for LPN to RN training programs
See the 2023 awards below:
For more information on available HRSA grants, visit: https://bhw.hrsa.gov/funding/apply-grant
State Agencies Convene Candida auris (C. Auris) Workgroup Meeting
Earlier this month, FHA representatives attended the C. auris Workgroup meeting held on August 1 in Tampa. The workgroup was hosted by the Florida Department of Health and Agency for Health Care Administration and comprised of individuals with expertise, knowledge and understanding of this critical issue that is facing many health care facilities in transitions of care.
Attendees represented hospitals, LTACs, Dialysis Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
The purpose of the workgroup was to bring together key health stakeholders to address the challenges of C. auris related to infection prevention, discharge and transitions of care, with the goal of beginning development of a statewide Candida auris action plan.
Highlights from a Learning Needs Assessment developed and distributed by the FDOH were shared with the following results.
- More than 1/3 of respondents had provided care to a patient colonized or infected with C. auris
- 60% reported delays in discharge/transfer of 21 or more days
- The top 3 major barriers to discharge/transfer included training, capacity/space, and organizational policies in receiving facilities
For more information on C. auris, please visit FDOH - Candida auris
New Ransomware Threat Information
The Rhysida ransomware group is a recently emerged ransomware as-a-service group involved in high-impact attacks across multiple sectors. Although the national origin of this group is unknown, it is noted that the group primarily targets organizations in Western nations. The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) produced a Sector Alert stating this group has engaged in recent attacks against the healthcare sector. As such, it is strongly recommended that this alert be prioritized by hospitals and health systems and the identified malware signatures be entered into network defenses and risk mitigation procedures be implemented as soon as possible.
June 2023 Revenue Report
The Monthly Revenue Report for June has been issued by the Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR). General revenue receipts have once again exceeded the projected forecast outlined on March 13, 2023. The surplus compared to the forecast was $432.4 million, while sales tax remained the largest portion of the increase accounting for $293.4 million of the overage. Looking at the fiscal year 2022-23, the aggregate General Revenue collections surpassed the annual estimate adopted in March 2023 by $1,083.9 million. The June 2023 Monthly Revenue Report can be found here.
Florida Hospital Association 2023 Annual Meeting
October 4–6, 2023 | Orlando, FL
egistration for the Florida Hospital Association 2023 Annual Meeting, October 4 – 6, is well underway! It is our honor to provide our members with an engaging and valuable experience. Registration is open to all hospital and health care professionals, including trustees, hospital executives, managed care and compliance professionals, clinical staff, government relations, Florida’s state university and college students and faculty, and more. Staff who are current students pursuing a degree in health care administration or related fields are also invited to attend at a special rate.
Please take a moment to preview the agenda and the list of exceptional speakers and panelists for this year’s meeting.
The registration fee for FHA member attendees is $595, and $795 non-member. The faculty/student registration fee is $295.
Special thank you to our Title Sponsor KPMG
And to our esteemed Gold, and Silver sponsors:
To preview all our exceptional 2023 sponsors, please click here.
Attendees receive a special room rate and reduced parking and resort fees. Please click here to reserve your room. The deadline to reserve a room in this block is September 13, 2023.
OTHER EDUCATION EVENTS OF INTEREST
National Action Alliance to Advance Patient Safety Webinar Series
The National Action Alliance To Advance Patient Safety, a public–private effort to support healthcare delivery systems’ move toward zero harm is sponsoring an HHS webinar series to highlight key areas of focus at the federal level to improve patient safety.
CMS webinar on Engaging Boards and Executive Leadership in Safety
August 22, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET| Register
Florida HFMA Fall Conference
September 10-12 at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL | Register
HFMA Region 5 South Eastern Summit
The FL HFMA Chapter is seeking presentations for the Region 5 South Eastern Summit (SES) at Tampa Marriott Waterstreet in Tampa, FL. The event dates are February 25 – 28, 2024. They are soliciting presentations from their members and industry experts that will provide valuable and relative industry education. Please click on the link below to complete the speaker proposal form in its entirety to be considered. Speaker Proposal for Region 5 2024 South Eastern Summit
Violent Extremist Mobilization Workshop and Intelligence Brief
niversity of Miami Health System & Miller School of Medicine Division of Emergency Management has partnered with the National Counterterrorism Center to deliver the U.S. Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators Workshop & Unclassified Intelligence Situation Briefing on October 12 from 10:00am-12:00pm, ET.
Registration is required and space is limited.
H-CAP Presents: A Healthcare Apprenticeship Resources Playbook: A GUIDE TO FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING WEBINAR
Do you need help locating funding opportunities for your Healthcare Registered Apprenticeship Program?
Join H-CAP for an online webinar on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. (CDT). The Healthcare Apprenticeship Resources Playbook is a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide providing helpful insights into federal and state resources available for healthcare apprenticeships.
This valuable opportunity will enhance your understanding of where to locate public funding for your Registered Apprenticeship.
Register Now To Secure Your Spot!
AHA Names New Trustees to the Board
Michael Mayo, president and CEO of Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida and Region 2 Trustee on the FHA Board pf Trustees has been selected as an incoming member of the AHA Board of Trustees. Congratulations, Michael!
Maternity care crisis: Access for pregnant women almost nonexistent in some parts of Florida
Florida is facing challenges with maternity care deserts and high maternal mortality rates. In May, FHA issued a Call to Action to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Florida, intended to in crease awareness and provide steps hospitals can take to address the maternal mortality public health crisis.
Indian River State College Opens New Nursing School in Port St. Lucie
The 50,000 square-foot facility will allow IRSC to double the number of nursing graduates by 2025, and is part of the effort to build a sustainable workforce. Citing the Florida Hospital Association Nurse Workforce Projections, IRSC Nursing School Dean Gagliano said increasing capacity will help address Florida’s workforce challenges.
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