Adapt or die is the rule of nature, and it applies to business as well. Businesses that fail to respond to the needs of clients often don’t make it in the long run. Learn how your agency can find growth by implementing specialty programs that address a niche need in our communities. Lisa Malone, Clinical Product Manager at Axxess, will lead a webinar on October 27 to demonstrate how agencies can train caregivers on these programs, growing revenue streams while at the same time providing career ladders for caregivers –creating a win-win situation. Malone will outline seven specialty programs, with associated marketing plans for agencies to grow their business.
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New CMS Data Show 46% Increase in Medicare Advantage Plans Offering Supplemental Benefits, Including Home Care
Last week, CMS released new data showing a 46% increase in the number of Medicare Advantage plans offering supplemental benefits such as home care – from 500 plans in 2020 to 730 in 2021. The most offered supplemental benefits include in-home supportive services, support for caregivers, home-based palliative care, adult day and therapeutic massage.
A coalition including HCAOA, the International Franchising Association, National Retail Federation and others, have sent a letter to Congressional Democrats asking them to join in voting for a discharge petition to release $130 million in funds that was left unused when the Paycheck Protection Program expired in August.
ShareLast week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a long-anticipated proposed rule in the Federal Register addressing when a worker is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
In the proposed rule, the DOL retains its long-standing “economic reality” test. This multi-factor test helps determine whether a worker is in business for themselves or is economically dependent on an employer for work.
Earlier this week, President Trump announced that HHS is releasing 150 million rapid-response COVID-19 tests. Of the 150 million, 10 million will be distributed to home, health, and hospice care agencies, which includes home care agencies.
Governors and public health officials across the country have implemented stringent measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19, such as stay at home orders, mask orders, and business screening requirements.
You can find lists of these orders, compiled by Littler Mendelson, in the following links:
Earlier this week, House Democrats released a slimmed-down $2.2 trillion legislative package. A possible vote could occur later this week on this new package. However, Senate Republicans are on record not wanting to spend $1 trillion for relief efforts, so it is unclear whether a deal can be reached.
CMS is seeking comments on a published RFI on a “Recommended Measure Set for Medicaid-Funded Home and Community-Based Services”. As noted by CMS “the RFI seeks feedback on potential benefits of and challenges that could result from a nationally available set of recommended quality measures for voluntary use by states”.
Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted a notice of proposed rulemaking to offer clarity in determining whether a worker is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor.
HCAOA continuously strives to enhance the benefits of your membership. We are announcing a new partnership with National Enrollment Services (NES) that we believe will be of substantial benefit to you and your staff. NES assists member agencies with employee earned income tax credits and voluntary benefit programs
(top row: returning board members Carl McManus, David Totaro, Kunu Kaushal, and Chani Feldman [l. to r.])
(bottom row: newly elected board members Sandi McCann, Andrea Cohen, Jeff Bevis and Aaron Stapleton [l. to r.])
Four members were re-elected to serve a three-year term on HCAOA’s Board of Directors beginning on January 1, 2021- Kunu Kaushal of Senior Solutions, Carl McManus of Comfort Keepers, David Totaro of Bayada, and Chani Feldman of MGA Healthcare.
They will be joined by four newly elected members :
Successful business leaders know that the key to growth is diversification and responding to the needs of clients. Learn how your agency can find growth by implementing specialty programs that address a niche need in our communities. Lisa Malone, Clinical Product Manager at Axxess, will lead a webinar on October 27 to demonstrate how agencies can train caregivers on these programs, growing revenue streams while at the same time providing career ladders for caregivers –creating a win-win situation. Malone will outline seven specialty programs, with associated marketing plans for agencies to grow their business.
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BrightStar Care and Senior Helpers have been cited by Home Health Care News for exploring new models for senior care. In the article, Peter Ross describes Senior Helpers' "adult enrichment center" concept, and Shelly Sun discusses BrightStar's new ventures into senior living facilities.
BrightStar Care is introducing a “hugging wall” as a new amenity in four of its assisted living locations. The wall is intended to allow safe physical contact for its residents.
HCAOA State Chapters have been particularly active over the past few months fighting for relief funding for home care agencies and caregivers. HCAOA is launching the States Roundup, a periodic check into the activities occurring in statehouses around the country.