All home care agencies in Florida are invited to an in-person chapter meeting on August 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. The meeting will feature special presentations from top officials: Kimberly Smoak, Deputy Secretary, Division of Health Quality Assurance, Agency for Health Care Administration and Representative Colleen Burton (R-40), Chair, Health & Human Services Committee, Florida House of Representatives. Register here. Attendees can book their hotel room until next Tuesday, July 27! Click here to book.
HCAOA & Association for Home & Hospice Care of NC Announce Partnership to Support Home Care Agencies
This week, HCAOA announced a partnership with the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC) to support personal care and private pay agencies throughout the state. All agencies in the state are invited to participate in a joint webinar to kick off the partnership on Tuesday, August 3 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Agenda items include a federal regulatory and legislative update, a state regulatory and legislative update, an update from North Carolina Medicaid Deputy Secretary Dave Richard, a discussion about the caregiver shortage, and labor law updates for providers.
UnitedHealth Group held a call last week to discuss Q2 2021 financial results and highlighted its in-home care provider, Optum, as a key growth driver for the company.
Following a discussion last week with the association’s Legislative and Policy and Regulatory committees HCAOA is preparing comments to submit to the sponsors of the new Better Care Better Jobs Act proposal to voice several major concerns.
A big, heartfelt THANK YOU to all agencies that submitted a nomination for this year’s Caregiver of the Year Award - nearly 250! The winner will be recognized at HCAOA’s Annual Leadership Conference on September 26 in Orlando, Florida, and receive a $1,000 prize. (Click here to register for the conference by August 13 to get discounts on the registration fee.)
Since OSHA released its new rule about employers’ responsibilities for protecting workers against COVID-19, many agencies have been confused about whether this new rule applies to not only home health but home care agencies, as well. HCAOA is offering a members-only webinar on August 10 with Littler Mendelson to review the new rule and explain what agencies should be doing to comply with the rule.
More than 65 HCAOA Connecticut members and nonmembers gathered last Wednesday at Luce Restaurant in Middletown, CT, for a chapter meeting and update on what is happening in Washington, D.C.
Join the HCAOA Arizona State Chapter for an in-person meeting on Wednesday, August 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. MST at Home Assist Health in Phoenix. The chapter is excited to welcome guest speaker Gary Covert, Executive Advisory and Coaching, who will guide attendees through repositioning your business as a thriving agency post-COVID. Register here.
Caregiver recruitment is key to the success of any home care agency. HCAOA has partnered with CareerPlug to offer members a free tool to help home care agencies pinpoint where they are strong, or need some improvement, in their hiring practices.
Throughout 2020, Home Care Pulse collected over 73,335 caregiver satisfaction surveys. Based on the data, caregivers were more satisfied with their roles than ever before. With the challenges and stress of COVID-19, it’s apparent that home care agencies around the country stepped up to the plate to make home care a better place for their caregivers.
Among its many impacts on our lives, COVID-19 has altered the insurance landscape, affecting how companies respond to virus-related claims. HCAOA Associate Member Gavin Studner of Odell Studner Insurance Brokers & Consultants provided members with a one-pager discussing new gaps in coverage following the pandemic.
On June 21, OSHA published an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19. Last week, OSHA announced it will publish a notice in the Federal Register to extend the comment period for the COVID-19 healthcare ETS to August 20, 2021.
Early business deals start now. HCAOA members can enjoy exclusive discounts on cutting-edge tech and powerful, end-to-end IT solutions. HCAOA members can save up to 45% on a range of solutions including select Dell Latitude Laptops with over 45% off in savings until July 18. Visit www.dell.com/HCAOA to access these savings or call 855-900-5548 to chat with a Small Business Advisor today.
Daniel Tsai has been named the new CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. In this role, Tsai will be responsible for leading CMS efforts around health equity and serving vulnerable populations, including seniors. Prior to his appointment, Tsai served as the Assistant Secretary for MassHealth (the Massachusetts Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program) and as Medicaid Director at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
As many HCAOA members have experienced firsthand, the pandemic has fueled the demand for caregivers in people’s homes. Between March 2020 and January 2021, the demand for home care grew by 125%. By the year 2028, the U.S. will need an estimated 5.8 billion direct care workers - which is more jobs than any other occupation. To provide more background on this growing profession, the mission-driven organization, The Commonwealth Fund, released the latest edition of a quarterly publication called, Transforming Care. One article features a detailed Q&A with three direct care workers themselves, a section highlighting new innovations in caregiver training, and more.