Last week, the HCAOA Illinois Chapter’s advocacy efforts to expand the services that home services agencies are permitted to do paid off, when Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) approved most of the changes proposed by the Chapter. JCAR is the legislative committee in Illinois whose role is to ensure that the General Assembly is adequately informed of how laws are implemented through agency rulemaking and to facilitate public understanding of rules and regulations.
The Illinois Chapter took the lead on negotiations between stakeholders and the Illinois Department of Public Health to implement needed revisions to the existing regulations. The discussions with IDPH focused on expanding the scope of non-medical services permitted to be completed by licensed home service agencies and their home service workers.
With a seismic increase in older adults choosing to remain in their home settings longer, these negotiated revisions and agreed upon expanded scope of available services were (and remain) critical to safely address the ongoing needs of this important growing older population.
According to HCAOA IL Chapter Chair Karen Stephenson, members of the chapter board were extremely focused on seeing this effort through to the very end.
“We held numerous meetings with Adam Guestow, HCAOA’s attorney for this project, to develop recommended changes that reflect the needs of seniors who want to remain in their own homes as they age,” explained Stephenson. “In the past, the restrictive interpretation of the regulations made it very difficult to provide the necessary services that clients and their families need. I am so proud to be part of this group of members who are focused on working together for the benefit of the entire Illinois home care community.”
Some of the major changes include permitting home services agencies to accept clients who require complete repositioning, changing oxygen delivery systems and other broader interpretations for bathing and shampooing.
Virtual Meeting Scheduled for June 21 to Review Changes to IL Regulations
To educate and help agencies prepare for these changes, the Chapter will hold a special virtual meeting on June 21, from 9:30-11 a.m. CT.
“We want to make certain that HCAOA members are one step ahead of others by educating everyone on these changes as soon as possible,” said Stephenson. “Attorney Adam Guestow will provide an overview of the changes and Mike and Joan O’Brien, Independence 4 Seniors, will take us through the changes step by step.”
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HCAOA extends its appreciation and congratulations to Karen Stephenson, Home Instead, Katie Fielmann, ComfortKeepers, Mike and Joan O’Brien, Independence 4 Seniors, Tricia Mullen, SASI-Chicago Methodist Senior Services, Jamie Farias, Lifestyle Options, Mike Steiner, Right at Home, and Mike Mellinger, Home Instead for this successful effort!
On May 10, 2022, Governor John Carney signed into law the Healthy Delaware Families Act, adding Delaware to an expanding list of jurisdictions with a paid family and/or medical leave (PFML) requirement. The law creates a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program funded through employer and employee contributions.
PFML contributions will begin to be required in 2025, and covered employees will be able to access benefits in 2026. The Delaware Department of Labor plans to issue regulations implementing the law. In the interim, the following briefly highlights who and what the law covers. Learn More
“It challenges both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs alike to motivate, innovate and evolve their agencies in the face of eroding revenue and margins. That’s why these meetings are so important to our members. It gives them a chance to network with their colleagues, to brainstorm ideas and take away best practices back to their businesses. I hope this meeting did just that. At the same time, I hope the value of membership was realized as well as the need to grow our industry’s voice in Georgia for without a collective voice…we stand alone.”
Also, speaking at the chapter was Dave Lamb, Legislative Chair and Jesse Petrea, legislator and HCAOA Board Member.
HCAOA members and VP of Government Relations Eric Reinarman met with several members of the Michigan Legislature last week in a continuing quest to get providers properly reimbursed for their care of those seriously injured in catastrophic car accidents.
Michigan members continue to make headway in educating state lawmakers about the serious impact the Auto No-Fault Insurance reform has had on providers and auto accident victims. This reform inadvertently included home care providers and has resulted in dramatic cuts of up to 45% in insurance reimbursement to providers who care for those who’ve been grievously injured in car accidents.
Join us next week on June 1 at the Crowne Plaza Edison Hotel, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to learn how to handle the legalization of cannabis in New Jersey, and also hear an update on chapter advocacy efforts and a licensing update from the Department of Community Affairs.
Below is a quick look at the rest of this meeting’s agenda:
Cost is $40 for members and $80 for non-members and includes a networking lunch. Register here.
ATI Advisory and LTQA Releases Policy Recommendations to Advance New Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage
The Long-Term Quality Alliance and ATI Advisory released a policy report last week highlighting three top recommendations for Congress to advance non-medical benefits in Medicare Advantage (MA).
The report notes that the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act made strides in advancing holistic care to improve the quality of life for Americans with complex medical needs. In addition, the Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) gave MA the flexibility to address the diverse needs of these individuals, but according to the report, they believe three policy recommendations would advance these supplemental benefits to improve upon the framework already in place.
The priorities, which focus on eligibility, data reporting, and evaluation, are:
Read the full report here.
Milbank Memorial Fund has produced a white paper that looks at the challenges home care aides face and outlines administrative, funding, policy, and regulatory efforts that states can use to address the critical workforce shortage.
Founded in 1905, Milbank supports innovative public sector leaders who are committed to making long-term, sustainable commitments to the health of all Americans.
Click here for the report.
Nominations are now open for the HCAOA 2022 Caregiver of the Year Award. Recognize one of your top caregivers for their compassion and commitment to providing exemplary care to your clients and their families. HCAOA’s goal is to have at least half of our members nominate a caregiver for this prestigious award.
The nomination process is streamlined so that it’s easy and fast to submit your best caregiver.
There are just five questions to answer:
Nominations Deadline: July 15. Submit your nomination here.
Tracking the performance of your agency is a key strategy for growing your agency. When you have metrics to evaluate your services and measure your profitability, you can create a framework for the future of your agency.
Join Andrea Cohen of HouseWorks to hear insights that will steer you toward long-term growth in the Home Care Master Class on Thursday, June 9.
Register for this session to learn why effective leaders know every aspect of their business—and have numbers and metrics to back them up.
Did You Miss the First Session?
Jeff Wiberg of Family Resource Home Care kicked off the Master Class series with a presentation that shared insider secrets to breaking through revenue plateaus. If you register for all three sessions, you get access to the full series, including part one of the series.
Plus, you can join the live webinar on July 21 to learn how to be a stronger leader so that you can create higher productivity with Catherine Vergara of CareFor.
Learn more about the series.
HCAOA’s Vicki Hoak opened the news conference stating that today older Americans and people with disabilities cannot access the care and support they need to remain as independent as possible in their own homes.
“We simply don’t have the supply of professional caregivers to meet the rising demand for home care,” said Hoak. “This is not just a problem for the home care industry; this is a crisis facing our society, a society that is growing older every day. By 2040, 81 million people in the U.S. will be 65 years and older, compared with 72 million under the age of 18. This means that America will soon consist of more old than young.”
NAHC President Bill Dombi emphasized that this is a multi-dimensional issue, and the Alliance is committed to bringing together the expertise of other stakeholders to explore an integrated focus on home care aides’ compensation and benefits, career growth, and elevating the profession of caregiving.
Stakeholders would include patients, home care aides, nurses, members of Congress, state lawmakers, and others interested in addressing this critical issue.” explained Dombi. “We’ve all recognized this is a problem, but we continue to work within our silos. But now, by joining together, we can succeed.”
David Totaro of BAYADA Home Health also spoke about the challenges home care agencies are experiencing. Last September, Bayada had to decline about 50% of all the cases it received. By the end of March 2022, the company’s declination rate was nearly 67%, reported Totaro.
The group’s first initiative, “Voices for Care at Home,” aims to share and gather the stories of caregivers, providers, clients, families, and others who have experienced home care especially those who are having difficulty getting the help they need.
“We’re hoping everyone, especially HCAOA members and their clients, will go to the website and write their story. Stories are powerful when it comes to advocacy,” said Hoak. “The campaign’s goal is to not only highlight the issues causing the shortage but to find concrete solutions to address the shortage.”
To share your story, click here.
The next step is to form workgroups that will address the various causes for the workforce shortage. Members interested in participating in the groups are urged to send their contact information to email@example.com.
Here are the top three reasons to attend this year’s Annual Leadership Conference:
Register today by clicking here. The full conference details, including education breakout sessions, keynotes, and special events, (like the awards ceremony) can be found in the brochure. Plan to join us Sept. 17-19 in Orlando, FL.
The booth package includes:
Email Andrea to secure a spot at the conference, or click here to download the prospectus.
Join us as we remember and honor our heroes. The Home Care Association of America, representing thousands of home care organizations across the U.S., is honored to connect caregivers to our veterans and their families so that they may remain in their own homes as they age with dignity and our continuing respect.
It's no secret that an agency's scheduler or care coordinator often sets the tone for the entire organization! Their professionalism and problem-solving skills impact all aspects of a home care company's operations, most importantly caregiver and client satisfaction. That’s why HCAOA will once again hold a webinar exclusively for individuals in these positions.
For the third year in a row, HCAOA will hold this virtual session, which continues to grow in participation to the point where it is now officially named the Annual Home Care Schedulers and Care Coordinators Summit.
This year’s summit will feature veteran schedulers from around the U.S. who will share strategies for success in the interactive webinar on July 14, from 2-3:30 ET.
Experienced schedulers Grace Cooper of Waverly Care in Gladwyne, PA, Jessica Houlihan of Sunland Home Care in Mesa, AZ, and Jolie Perez of Care to Stay Home in Santa Ana, CA, will discuss the most common challenges they face every day and offer real-world tips and valuable solutions that can be applied in your agency right away.
Sign up your team today to learn how to:
Cost is $90 for members. Click here for details and to register.
Register now for the Entrepreneur Academy and learn how to effectively engage with your clients to create memorable, positive experiences that build trust and confidence in your agency.
This MBA-style academy provides insight into your behavioral tendencies and human interactions, enabling you to have a deeper understanding of yourself and how to engage others.
The program was built for busy professionals. Here are some ways it can work for you:
Click here to learn more about the program. When you are ready to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the code for the discounted price of $999. You can start the program any time through September 30 and will have one year to complete from that date.