LOCAL & STATE:
Secretary Mary Mayhew of the Agency for Health Care Administration discusses the state’s new policy that requires nursing homes to transfer some patients with COVID-19 to hospitals.
TALLAHASSEE — The state Agency for Health Care Administration, led by Secretary Mary Mayhew, is usually best known for its oversight of the massive Medicaid program.
But its role regulating hospitals and nursing homes has made Mayhew an integral part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ team leading the state’s response to COVID-19, which is particularly dangerous to seniors and people with underlying health conditions.
The News Service of Florida had these questions for Mary Mayhew:
Q: The state announced a new policy this week requiring nursing homes to transfer residents with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 if the homes can’t meet isolation requirements. The policy comes as the number of infections at the facilities increases, as does the number of deaths. Why did you wait so long to come out with a definitive policy?
MAYHEW: It’s not new. It is largely (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidance that has been out there. The reason we are intensifying the focus on it, and I have been saying this from the very beginning, we have