In order to compare Florida's nursing home industry with the other study states, we present some descriptive characteristics. There are 734 facilities in Florida (AHCA web site) with 69,122 residents reported as of Spring 2001. The average number of beds per facility is 114, which is slightly higher than the national average of 108. The median occupancy rate per facility is 86.7 percent as compared to the national rate of 95.1 percent.
The percentage of for-profit homes in Florida is higher than other states, with 76 percent of homes operating for profit versus 65 percent nationally. The not-for profit-homes are lower at 23 percent vs. the national average of 28 percent. There are also fewer government-operated (2 percent vs. 7 percent) homes. The majority of homes operate as part of a chain (70 percent vs. the national average of 55 percent) and 10 percent of facilities are hospital-based, which is slightly less than the national average of 12 percent. The majority of homes are dually certified for Medicare and Medicaid (88 percent) as compared to the national average of 80 percent. There are approximately 2400 assisted living facilities and 1100 home heath agencies. (FPECA) (p. 17).