Have you been eager to attend a long awaited in-person event? Us too - and we can’t wait to see new and familiar faces at the Annual Leadership Conference! This is the must-attend event of the home care industry. The full conference schedule is now available! Check out our impressive lineup of speakers, the conference schedule, detailed hotel information and more!
The “Credit for Caring Act” was reintroduced yesterday in the Senate to reduce the burden on family caregivers. HCAOA strongly supports this bipartisan proposal, which allows an eligible caregiver a tax credit of up to $5,000 for the cost of long-term care expenses that exceed $2,000 in a taxable year.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released data highlighting the continued impact the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) is having on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries and utilization of health services. The data show that, from March through October 2020, beneficiaries have foregone millions of primary, preventive, and mental health care visits due to the COVID-19 PHE, compared to the same time period in 2019. Although utilization rates for some treatments have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, mental health services show the slowest rebound.
The Agency for Health Care Administration will enact the Medicaid Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) mandate in the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program by June 21, 2021. As required by the federal 21st Century Cures Act, Medicaid home health claims must be submitted through the SMMC health plan’s EVV vendor. The SMMC health plans will deny all claims for personal care services and home health services submitted outside of their EVV vendors. Read more
As the Governor and legislative leadership begin final negotiations on the state budget, it’s important that members of the General Assembly hear from home care providers who participate in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program and home care Medicaid waiver programs in support of additional Medicaid funding and reimbursement. Last month, the Appropriations Committee approved funding in the amount of $10 million in each of the next two fiscal years to reflect Medicaid rate increases to home health and waiver services providers.
Feature Your Brand at the Hottest Spot of the Annual Leadership Conference - the Relax & Recharge Lounge!
Attendees will love to network, relax, and recharge at the new HCAOA Charging Lounge. Promote your company as a sponsor of this state of the art, innovative charging lounge which includes a sofa, chairs, and coffee table with power outlets that are built right into the furniture! After a long day of attending sessions and walking the exhibit hall, attendees will need a place to sit down and charge their devices, so this Charging Lounge is certain to bring traffic to your booth!
Today, Home Care Pulse launches the 2021 Home Care Benchmarking Study! The HCAOA has endorsed the annual Study for all 12 editions and this years’ will be the most insightful edition yet. Use the discount code HCAOA25% to get 25% OFF when you order the 2021 Study. You can also catch a deep dive into this material during the June installment of our free, members-only Agency Momentum webinar series: Key Takeaways from the 2021 Home Care Benchmarking Study, taking place on June 16 at 3:00p.m.
HCAOA joined together with several other associations last week to support the “Save Local Business Act.” This bill, introduced in Congress last week, would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to make clear that “an employer may be considered a joint employer in relation to an employee only if such employer directly, actually, and immediately, and not in a limited and routine manner, exercises significant control over the essential terms and conditions of employment.” This bill is an alternative to the pro-union PRO Act for businesses that utilize supply chains, contractors and franchisees.
Home care agency owners know that in addition to promoting independence, services that allow vulnerable populations to remain in their homes and communities have the potential to lower costs and prevent adverse outcomes. In the aftermath of a pandemic that wrought devastation within long-term care facilities, the federal government is seeking to rebalance long-term care and inject billions of dollars into states to expand and strengthen home- and community-based services. As states navigate this new opportunity, HCAOA partner, ATI Advisory, with support from Arnold Ventures, has released a new resource to help state policymakers guide their decision-making.
As Memorial Day approaches, HCAOA is sharing different ways members have honored veterans in their local communities. Several years ago HCAOA member Kelly Chambers, owner of Visiting Angels - Tacoma, did a presentation about her involvement with Honor Flight - the non-profit organization that takes veterans to see the Washington, D.C. memorials. HCAOA member Gail Lohmann, owner of Visiting Angels - Gold Country, learned about this opportunity and sought to create a similar event - naming it the Mission to Honor Veterans.