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.
Earlier this year, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). Section 9817 of the ARP provides qualifying states with a temporary 10 percentage point increase to the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for certain Medicaid expenditures for home and community-based services (HCBS). Late last week, CMS finally provided guidance to states about how they can use the federal funds to supplement, not supplant, existing state funds for Medicaid effective April 1, 2021.
HCAOA’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Council held a productive meeting last week with leadership at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Many members have a contract with TriWest to provide home care to veterans in the western U.S. through the VA Community Care Network (VACCN). The meeting is part of a series of advocacy meetings the Council is having with the VA and its contractors to improve member experiences with providing care to veterans.
HCAOA is excited to announce an additional keynote speaker featured during the General Session of our Annual Leadership Conference, Erik Madsen, from Home Care Pulse. In the 2021 Home Care Benchmarking Study, Home Care Pulse analyzed providers billing more than $5M in annual revenue to learn what they’re doing differently than other agencies. Here are four key takeaways...
HCAOA is proud to announce Simon Bailey as the opening keynote speaker for the 2021 Annual Leadership Conference on September 26. Simon is a speaker, author, life coach and entrepreneur. His keynote session, Spark Customer Love: Creating Customers for Life, is sure to be exciting and enlightening.
It is critical that the Arizona Legislature hear from the Elderly and Physically Disabled (EPD) home and community-based services industry in support of additional direct care workforce funding. In order to keep up with demand and ensure industry wages rise to levels sufficient to recruit and retain direct care workers, the HCAOA Arizona Chapter is teaming up with the Elderly and Physically Disabled Provider Alliance (EPDPA) to request consideration of a minimum of $15 million total ongoing state general fund investment for EPD ALTCS services for FY 2022. In total, the EPD Long Term Care system requires an investment of $30 million in the upcoming fiscal year to restore reimbursement rates to levels equal to those in place prior to the Great Recession. read more
Biden Administration Releases $1.4 Billion from American Rescue Plan for Older Americans Act Programs
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living is releasing $1.4 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan for Older Americans Act programs. Specifically, $460 million of these funds will go directly to home- and community-based services. In addition, $145 million will go to help family caregivers in supporting their loved ones through the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
Two years ago this month, the Legislature passed and Governor Whitmer signed legislation that would overhaul the state’s No Fault insurance system that had been in place since 1972. The primary components of the package were choice, a rate freeze and mandatory cuts in rates for insurance companies, and a fee schedule for services performed on behalf of those injured in a car accident. Additionally, the reform set in place a medical fee schedule that set rates for what hospitals and rehabilitation clinics can charge under the No Fault system. While there are some variations in what the fee schedule pays based on percentage of indigent care, the average payment for a procedure with a code under Medicare will receive 200% of what Medicare normally pays. If there is not a Medicare code, then the provider will be paid 55% of whatever their rate was in January of 2019. As part of the fee schedule, a limit was placed on attendant care at 56 hours per week.
Cal/OSHA issued much-awaited FAQs which provide clarity on whether employers must continue to exclude fully vaccinated employees from the workplace if they were exposed to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case (at work or otherwise). Prior to this guidance, fully vaccinated employees in California with exposure were still required to be excluded from the workplace under Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), but not under CDC guidance. This conflict was challenging for many employers because it effectively resulted in the exclusion of workers whose risk of transmission was low according to CDC guidance in order to ensure compliance with the ETS. Such exclusion requirements had onerous implications with continuing supplemental paid leave obligations under SB 95, the FFCRA, and the ETS. read more
Governor J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 158 (HB 158), which amends the Employee Sick Leave Act (ESLA) to cover leave for a family member’s “personal care.” The ESLA—Illinois’ statewide “kin care” law—has been in effect since January 1, 2017, and generally requires employers to permit employees to use their “personal sick leave benefits” to care for the employee’s family member. Employers may limit the amount of annual kin care leave to the amount of personal sick leave that would be earned or accrued during six months at the employee’s then-current rate of entitlement. In other words, for employees accruing 40 hours of personal sick leave benefits per year, the ESLA entitles employees to use 20 of those 40 hours for care of a family member. read more
Spotlight Your Brand at the Annual Leadership Conference! Exclusive Keynote Sponsorship Opportunities Available
The two top-notch keynote sessions, featuring Simon Bailey on September 26, and Matt Thornhill on the second day of the conference, are two of the best ways to boost your brand’s recognition by sponsoring these two sessions.