Last year, reports of abuse and neglect in Florida’s assisted living industry prompted Governor Rick Scott to create a task force. The work from that group, coupled with a Grand Jury Report, formed the base of a series of reform bills that died in past legislative session. Now the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and its Secretary Charles Corley are trying to solve the issues by making rules.
A Leon County Circuit Judge denied motions by the state and two industry groups to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an ex-long term care ombudsman during a Wednesday hearing. As Sascha Cordner reports, the judge made that determination, despite arguments from the defendants’ lawyers that the basis for the former ombudsman’s lawsuit holds no merit.