Connecticut Chapter Holds Lunch & Learn Webinar to Discuss Practical Considerations about ‘No-Hire’ Clauses
Last Thursday, Sami Asaad, partner at FordHarrison, LLP in Hartford and chair of its Home Healthcare Practice Group, presented a Lunch and Learn webinar program for the HCAOA Connecticut Chapter to discuss practical considerations in light of the legislature’s recent ban on non-hire agreements in home care.
HCAOA stands side-by-side with our more than 4,000+ (and growing!) members every day to advocate for home care businesses, caregivers, and clients. In the past few months, our dedicated team of staff, lobbyists, chapter leaders, and members successfully passed a bill to create home care licensure in Ohio and are at the table to develop the regulations, expanded the scope of services that home care aides in Illinois may provide to clients, and increased the Medicaid rate for home care services in Georgia, South Carolina, and Connecticut, just to name a few.
California: New Public Health Order Alters ‘Close Contact’ and ‘Infectious Period’ Definitions Under Cal/OSHA COVID ETS
On June 8, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an order defining “Close Contact” and “Infectious Period” for purposes of the CDPH’s Isolation and Quarantine Guidance issued on April 6, 2022. Because the definitions in the new Order directly affect requirements under the currently effective Third Revised COVID Emergency Temporary Standard, California employers should be aware of this development.
Did you know that HCAOA members receive preferred pricing on Littler’s Home Care Toolkit? This is an online resource for employers that provides guidance, template employment documents, and resource materials to help home care companies understand and comply with the patchwork of federal, state and local employment laws.
Hot off the presses, the Summer 2022 issue of HCAOA's magazine The Voice is now available online. This issue is driven by data, going in-depth about how data is critical in telling an agency’s “story” and offering an outline for agencies to determine what data to collect that applies to the agency, employees, and clients.
Featured in this issue:
HCAOA reminds all home care agencies to register their schedulers, care coordinators, case managers (whatever title you give these heroes!) for the “Home Care Schedulers and Care Coordinators: Solutions for Success” webinar on July 14. Agency owners and directors are also encouraged to participate to gain insight into what tools your schedulers need for success and how to make them feel valued.
This week, HCAOA joined 70 other consumer groups, provider associations, health systems, community-based nonprofits, and other health leaders urging CMS to ensure continued support for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is increasing specific reimbursement rates for personal care and nursing services for State Plan and home and community-based waiver services (HCBS).
DHS Rule Increases Automatic Extension of Work Authorization for Certain Eligible Renewal Applicants
On May 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) automatically extending the work authorizations for certain renewal applicants listed on the USCIS website. Normally, the DHS regulations provide an automatic extension of 180 days from the expiry date stated on the Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The May 4, 2022, TFR increased the automatic extension from 180 days up to 540 days. The primary objective for the additional 360-day extension is to prevent gaps in work authorization due to the USCIS’ significant processing delays for work permit renewal applications.
Nominate a caregiver for the 2022 Caregiver of the Year Award to recognize all that our frontline workers do to keep people safe at home! The top caregiver will receive a $1,000 cash award and receive an all-expenses paid trip to the HCAOA conference in Orlando in September to be recognized in front of industry leaders – not to mention the appreciation they will have for you and your agency for nominating them for this prestigious national award!
Last week, the HCAOA Illinois Chapter held a webinar with more than 100 members to review the regulatory changes that have been adopted for home services agencies, effective May 31. An extra thank you to Adam Guestow, Esq. of Hinshaw and Culbertson, and Mike and Joan O'Brien, Independence-4-Seniors Care, for their work in analyzing the regulations. In case you missed it, here are a few resources for members:
HCAOA joined nearly 20 other national associations in sending a letter to Congress in support of the FTC Franchise Rule, which is currently under review. This rule is the primary federal regulation governing franchise businesses, including home care franchises. The International Franchise Association (IFA) supports the rule because it encourages the information sharing necessary for prospective franchise owners to make informed decisions before entering into commercial relationships.
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine, alongside experts from the ILR School and Cornell Tech, have developed a multidisciplinary program aimed at elevating the value of home care workers – which includes home health aides, home attendants and nursing assistants – while improving both their working conditions and their patients’ outcomes. In three years, the team has produced more than 20 academic papers that aim to reshape the way policymakers view this critical workforce.
HCAOA invites all home care agencies to register their schedulers, care coordinators, case managers (whatever title you give these heroes!) for the “Home Care Schedulers and Care Coordinators: Solutions for Success” webinar on July 14. This popular interactive program features a panel of top veteran schedulers from across the country discussing the most common challenges they face every day and offering real-world tips and valuable solutions that schedulers can apply in their agencies now.