Join HCAOA on October 20 at 3:00 p.m. for the next webinar in HCAOA’s free Agency Momentum series for members. Led by Aishling Dalton Kelly, CEO, Aishling Home Care & Aishling Care Academy, this webinar will drill down to the key components necessary when selling your services to new clients. Attendees will learn how to examine specific strategies to use when bringing on new clients and how to manage their client’s needs, individual personalities and balance family dynamics. In addition, this webinar will focus on foundational strategies for creating meaningful relationships.
September is National Healthy Aging Month. Launched more than 25 years ago, the mission behind Healthy Aging Month is to draw attention to the importance of healthy lifestyles for older adults. Could one of your clients or caregivers benefit from creating or refreshing a care plan? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have resources dedicated to helping older adults and caregivers make a detailed plan, as well as these “6 Tips for Healthy Aging.”
ACTION ALERT: HCAOA urges all members to send a message to their lawmakers in Washington, D.C. asking them to advocate for an extension of the employer tax credit which helps cover costs related to COVID-19 sick leave for employees. Currently, home care providers and other employers may receive tax credits for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave provided to employees who are unable to work due to COVID-related issues as listed under the several reasons listed in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). These issues can include taking care of the employee's own health needs or caring for family members.
All home care agencies in Washington are encouraged to order gloves, gowns, masks, respirators, and other supplies from the PPE Stockpile as soon as possible. Access to this resource will end on October 25. Each facility is eligible to order up to a 90 day supply. To access this resource, contact your local Emergency Management Agency.
Last Tuesday, more than 70 home care providers gathered in Rocky Hill for the HCAOA Connecticut Chapter meeting. During the event state Consumer Protection Department officials discussed homemaker-companion registration, the investigations and audit process, and advertising requirements. Commissioner Michelle Seagull discussed the need for providers to obtain a license from the Department of Public Health if they are offering any healthcare-related services and noted recent changes to background check requirements effective Jan. 1, 2022.
HCAOA partner Littler Mendelson has compiled a Q&A document featuring the most pressing questions employers have regarding President Biden’s latest vaccine mandates and the latest OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard
Members in Illinois are invited to register for the HCAOA Illinois Chapter Conference from November 8-9 at the Doubletree by Hilton Lisle Naperville. We have a great agenda planned, including a medical update focusing on all things COVID and what YOU need to know as an agency owner/manager will be led by Dr. Steven C. Fox, DO, Chair, HCAOA Medical Advisory Committee. Once you’ve registered for the Conference be sure to book your hotel room! Click here to reserve a spot in our designated room block. The deadline to book your hotel room is October 25.
New HCAOA Associate Member MB Healthcare Consultants say they believe in making your dreams and goals a reality, and their experts know just how to do that. They are prepared to assist your home care business, from impartial advice to practical assistance, helping you make the most of every opportunity.
200+ Caregivers Nominated for HCAOA’s Caregiver of the Year Award: Meet the Extraordinary Nominees & Our Top 10 Finalists
"It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing."
- Mother Teresa, missionary
CONGRATULATIONS are in order to the more than 200 caregivers across the country who were nominated by their agencies for the Home Care Association of America’s 2021 Caregiver of the Year Award. This national award spotlights the best of the best caregivers in the country who bring care home to clients when they need it most – especially during the uncertainty of the past year and a half during the pandemic. Meet our top 10 finalists, and see a list of all the nominees. The overall winner will be announced on November 1 – right in time to kick off National Home Care Recognition Month.
The HCAOA Michigan Chapter will host a Legislative Day event at the State Capital in Lansing for important updates on issues impacting home care. This day will include meetings with lawmakers and presentations from state leaders.
CALIFORNIA: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Split Decision Partially Upholding AB 51 Anti-Arbitration Law
On September 15, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a split decision partially upholding California’s AB 51, the Anti-Arbitration Law. The Court struck down the criminal penalties but said the law’s restrictions on entering into arbitration waivers of state law claims could be enforced, despite clear Supreme Court authority to the contrary and rulings in other circuits. There is a strong dissenting opinion and this case is likely going to go to the next level. HCAOA will keep members in California updated on this case.
All agencies in Georgia are encouraged to complete a brief survey to provide valuable input to the chapter. In September 2020, the HCAOA Georgia Chapter surveyed the membership on several key issues related to COVID-19 and the impact on members. The results of this survey were instrumental in our success in lobbying for a Medicaid rate increase during the 2021 legislative session. The lobbying process is beginning again as we get ready for the 2022 legislative session, so we need our membership’s input on the state of the home care business in Georgia.
A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), Bipartisan Solutions to Improve the Availability of Long-term Care, highlights the need for more easily accessible in-home care services for seniors. The report notes the common challenges associated with accessing long-term services and supports, such as the growing cost of care.
The RAND Corporation recently published the report Identifying Strategies to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the United States which found that increasing COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in the U.S. can be achieved by using the “three C’s” approach. This strategy includes: (1) boosting confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, (2) combating complacency about the pandemic, and (3) increasing the convenience of getting vaccinated.