HCAOA confirmed last week with the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control that licensed home care workers are included in Phase 1A of the state’s COVID vaccine plan. Hospitals treating COVID patients receive the first vaccines, and the home care and nursing homes are next.
Realizing the desire of HCAOA members to provide care to our nation’s veterans, HCAOA recently created the VA Advisory Services Council to advocate to VA and its contractors for efficient processes for provider enrollment, billing and referrals. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Community Care started implementing a new VA Community Care Network (VACCN) of providers in 2018 as directed by the VA Mission Act. Optum Federal Health Services was contracted to build a provider network in the eastern U.S. (CCN Regions 1, 2 and 3) and Triwest Health Net was contracted to build the provider network in the western U.S. (Regions 4 and 5).
COVID Vaccine Update: Distribution Begins, States Receive Vaccines to Determine Priority Distribution, Communication Toolkit for Agencies
Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for individuals 16 years of age and older. This EUA represents the first vaccine authorized for the prevention of COVID-19.
The Florida Department of Health is gathering vitally important information for vaccination planning purposes. Help HCAOA help the Department by completing a quick survey by Thursday, December 17 at 12:00 p.m. ET. This information will be integral to our ongoing advocacy activities as it relates to ensuring that home care agencies receive priority status for the COVID-19 vaccine. All data will remain confidential, and will only be used in the aggregate.
The Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike provided a detailed breakdown last week of how Illinois’ vaccine distribution will work. Illinois expects to receive 109,000 doses the week following the FDA’s Dec. 10 meeting, if approved. A portion, 23,000 doses, have been specifically earmarked for Chicago as a major population center in the state.
Genworth Releases Annual Cost of Care Survey: COVID-19 Exacerbates Already Rising Long Term Care Costs
Despite the efforts of long-term care providers to absorb many of the costs associated with COVID-19 as they put their own lives at risk to care for their clients, long term care costs increased substantially this year, according to Genworth's 17th annual Cost of Care Survey.
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Over the past few weeks, HCAOA has been advocating with both federal and state agencies to include home care workers as a priority group in states’ COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans. Last week, HCAOA and several other national home care and hospice organizations sent a letter to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices urging them to include all frontline home care personnel under the definition of health care workers in their guidelines to states. Since then, HCAOA asked members to also send letters to their governors to reinforce the message – and as of yesterday more than 50 different organizations added their voices to the effort.
The House and Senate are once again negotiating a package of pandemic relief efforts to assist businesses, health care facilities, schools, unemployed individuals, and state and local governments. HCAOA Members: We need your help to urge Congress to come to an agreement and pass relief legislation before the end of this lame-duck session of Congress.
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