Last Wednesday, Nevada home care workers spoke with the U.S. Labor Secretary, Marty Walsh, over higher wages and benefits for care economy workers. Walsh told the group: “We saw in the last year the importance of making investments in your industry. We saw glaring issues with COVID. We ask you to take care of our loved ones and in some cases you don’t get the respect that you deserve.” read more
For many years, home care agencies have relied on private pay as a major revenue source. But according to the Home Care Pulse Benchmarking Study, that is changing. In 2018, home care operators reported that 72.% of their annual revenue came from private pay, while in 2020, agencies reported that just 65% of annual revenue came from private pay. What has changed over the years?
Do you have photos of your staff providing care, or photos taken during COVID? They will be featured during the Annual Leadership Conference! We are also accepting testimonials of how agencies responded to COVID and ways they ensured their workers and clients were safe. Please email all photos and testimonials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: July 23.
On June 24, 2021, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti revised his Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Due to COVID-19 (SPSL) Order and issued a new order, Vaccine Paid Sick Leave Due to COVID-19 (CVL Order). The mayor’s orders come almost one month after the City Council approved a motion requesting that he take such actions. The mayor’s SPSL Order revisions apply prospectively, from June 24, 2021, and the SPSL Order continues to apply until two calendar weeks after the local COVID-19 emergency period ends. The CVL Order applies retroactively to January 1, 2021, and it will remain in effect until September 30, 2021, though employees on COVID-19 vaccine leave (CVL) on that date can continue to take the full amount of leave under the order. read more
On June 24, Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) announced new legislation, the Better Care Better Jobs Act (S. 2210/H.R. 4131) which would strengthen home- and community-based services (HCBS) by giving states more money to expand access to their Medicaid home-based care programs and strengthen the home-based care workforce. "We continue to review and analyze various components of this legislation and will share our analysis with our members shortly, stated HCAOA Executive Director, Vicki Hoak. "However we immediately see the positive aspects:
The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) sent a notice on Thursday, June 24 to home health, home service agencies, and home nursing agencies that the emergency amendments to 77 Ill. Adm. Code 245 that suspended requirements that a registered nurse or home services supervisor conduct in-person supervisory visits to a patient’s or client’s residence expired on June 19, 2021.
Geoff Nudd, CEO of Wellsky facilitated a panel on “Using Personal Care Data to Track Social Determinants of Health” during the Home Care 100 National Conference this week. Panelists, all members of HCAOA, stressed the need to collect standardized data to validate home care’s value to reduce patient and client costs. During the session, Nudd discussed a study done by Wellsky that showed an average savings of $550 for those clients who received personal care.
During yesterday’s meeting with Veteran’s Administration officials, HCAOA’s VA Services Council was informed that authorizations for community care issued after July 16 will be good for 365 days – an extension from the previous 180 day Standardized Episode of Care (SEOC) duration.
Yesterday, June 22 Governor Whitmer lifted nearly all COVID related orders in Michigan. Capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings increased to 100% and the state will no longer require residents to wear a face mask. read more
HCAOA’s newest Associate Member, CareVoyant for Home Care, is an integrated, cloud-based software platform for home health care agencies offering multiple services under one patient and one employee making it a Single System of Record. CareVoyant can manage private duty nursing, non-medical, personal care, HCBS, and home health services.
This week, the Better Medicare Alliance announced Mary Beth Donahue as the next President and CEO of the organization. Donahue previously served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, serving as Chief of Staff to HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala during the critical early days of Medicare Advantage as “Medicare+Choice.”
CONNECTICUT: Chapter Successfully Advocates to Protect Home Care Agencies and Consumers, Medicaid Rate Increase and More
On Wednesday, June 9, the 2021 regular legislative session of the General Assembly adjourned, shortly after lawmakers adopted a two-year $46.3 billion state budget and annual capital program. Less than a week later, lawmakers reconvened for a special session to implement the budget and legalize the use of marijuana.
The HCAOA Washington Chapter/WAHCA is starting to plan for the next Blooming with the Boomers conference in the Spring of 2022. Please take a moment to share feedback and help shape the details and content of the conference. Click here to take survey.
All Florida agencies are invited to attend an in-person Chapter meeting on Thursday, August 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Orlando. This jam-packed meeting agenda features presentations by a variety of top officials from both the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Chair of the Florida House Health & Human Services Committee. There will also be ample opportunities for members to network and hear updates about HCAOA advocacy and membership news.
On June 14 Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the Pandemic Liability Protection Act into law, which became effective upon his signing. This new law provides COVID-19 liability protections for health care providers, businesses, non-profits, religious institutions and schools that follow certain safety protocols. Texas, with the adoption of this law, joined dozens of other states across the country that have enacted statutory liability protections for businesses and other organizations for claims arising during a pandemic or disaster related to a pandemic. read more