The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) landscape in the United States is facing a critical shortage, with all states reporting deficiencies in HCBS workers, particularly among direct support professionals, personal care attendants, nursing staff, and home health aides. The situation is exacerbated by the permanent closures of HCBS providers in most states over the past year.
The Direct Care Worker and Family Caregiver Initiative, a multi-year collaboration between PHI and the National Alliance for Caregiving, serves as a step toward strengthening the relationship between these essential caregivers.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has postponed the implementation of its "joint employer" rule to February 26, extending the original effective date by two months. The delay, announced last week aims to allow for the resolution of legal challenges related to the rule.
Please join Polsinelli, HCAOA, and NAHC for a summary of the most significant legal developments and 2024 updates impacting your agency and strategies for complying with the same while still running a successful home care business.
The National Dementia Workforce Study (NDWS) is being launched through an $81 million cooperative agreement with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to develop and field new annual national surveys of the dementia care workforce, including physicians, nurses, and direct care workers across multiple care settings. The mission of NDWS is to launch the surveys successfully and, of equal importance, to build data infrastructure and dissemination to ensure NDWS becomes a resource for the broader community of researchers and policymakers. This collaborative, interdisciplinary endeavor is led by teams at the University of Michigan and the University of California, San Francisco, with several other university-based and non-profit partners.
The election for HCAOA’s 2024 Board of Directors is underway, and each agency/office location has a vote. The primary contact for each agency receives the ballot via email. Meet the candidates who could lead YOUR association.
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A must-attend webinar for every HCAOA Connecticut member on December 4 at 12:00 p.m. ET where Pamela Hunter, Ph.D., CSP, Senior Loss Consultant at WC Trust, will discuss Workplace Violence: Management Training & Safety Controls followed by Q&A. Gain insights into basic de-escalation techniques vital for diffusing potentially violent situations and ensuring caregiver safety.
According to a recent article in Home Health Care News, the payer source most likely to dictate the future of home-based care providers is Medicare Advantage (MA), even though plans’ in-home supplemental benefit offerings will take a dip for the first time in 2024. In-home support services (IHSS), which offer an MA entry point for home care providers, grew rapidly from 2020-2023, with the amount of plans offering them growing from 283 to 1,308. In 2024, though, only 867 plans will be offering IHSS, according to the research and advisory firm ATI Advisory.
Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act – HCAOA Webinar Tomorrow to Discuss How it Impacts Your Business
The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) introduced proposed regulations for the Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act, scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2024. This Act mandates nearly all covered Illinois employers to offer up to 40 hours of annual paid leave for any purpose. All Illinois members are invited to a webinar TOMORROW, November 16 to learn more about this. Hinshaw labor and employment attorney Aimee E. Delaney will discuss how the Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act will impact home care. This event is free for members and registration is required.
Joyce Grayson, a home health nurse for Elara Caring, was murdered on October 28, 2023, in the home of a patient where she was providing services. Ms. Grayson was reported missing by a family member to the local police department. The family member was also able to track her last location to the home of a patient she was scheduled to visit at 8:00 a.m. on the day of her death. The patient resided at a halfway house for convicted sex offenders. Police have not yet formally identified a suspect in Ms. Grayson’s death.
On June 23, 2023, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) proposed a First Notice of new, proposed regulatory rules to update the Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Code to include administrative requirements for home health and home services agencies with more than one location. Additionally, the rulemaking also sought changes to the requirements for client service plans, including required elements of the plan.
Veterans Day is this Saturday, November 11, and the HCAOA stands with deep respect and gratitude to honor the brave men and women who have served our nation in the United States Armed Forces.