WSFL-TV South Florida: Florida Covid Isolation Centers Received Over $50 Million in State, Federal Reimbursements Data Shows August 23, 2021
According to AHCA, the 23 nursing homes were paid at least $51million in state and federal reimbursements to serve as COVID isolation centers in Florida for approximately 4- 6 months. Roughly half of the centers received at least one million dollars in the deal that ended last October. State contracts reveal in addition to normal Medicaid reimbursement fees which, typically, range between $200-$300 per day, COVID isolation centers in Florida were paid an additional $375 per patient, per day.
“I’m not shocked by the number just because long-term care is expensive,” said Eric Carlson, an attorney for the advocacy group, Justice For Aging. He says it’s not the money that stands out but the facilities that cashed in on the crisis here in Florida and around the country. “The providers that sign up for programs like this are not the creme de la creme,” he said about similar programs he’s seen nationwide.