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.
Office staff turnover doesn’t grab the headlines like caregiver turnover, but there’s a strong correlation (and likely causation) between the two. Home care agencies that maintain office staff longer nearly always retain caregivers longer. According to the annual Home Care Benchmarking Study, for every one office staff member who quits, agencies lose five additional caregivers.
The House Ways and Means Committee has released updated details about proposed tax changes to be incorporated in the budget reconciliation bill, and HCAOA is happy to share that a tax credit for family caregivers - known as the Credit for Caregiving Act as separate legislation - is included in the bill. This credit provides a non-refundable credit, up to $4,000, equal to 50 percent of the qualified expenses paid or incurred by a qualified care recipient during the taxable year through 2025.
A new data report published last week by PHI notes that there are 4.6 million direct care workers in the U.S. - including 2.4 million home care workers, 675,000 residential care aides, 527,000 nursing assistants in nursing homes, and roughly 1 million direct care workers employed in other settings. Additionally, 34 percent of the home care workforce is aged 55 and over, compared to 23 percent of the U.S. labor force overall. It’s important to keep statistics like this in mind to better understand our workforce.
Yesterday, the HCAOA Connecticut State Chapter held a successful networking lunch meeting. Chapter leaders also met with officials from the Department of Consumer Protection, including Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, Department of Consumer Protection.
HCAOA partnered this week with the Better Medicare Alliance and more than 50 senior health organizations to send a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer to thank Congress for taking steps to protect Medicare Advantage beneficiaries when adding new benefits, such as dental, vision and hearing benefits, and encouraging lawmakers to keep this language in the final bill.
Mark McGoldrick, Chair of the HCAOA Connecticut Chapter and owner of Comfort Keepers, and Matthew Hallisey, lobbyist for HCAOA, presented the Chapter's 2020 Outstanding Leadership Award to state Rep. Gale L. Mastrofrancesco (80th Dist., Wolcott), last Thursday at the state Capitol in Hartford. Rep. Mastrofrancesco said she was "so proud" to receive the award as Mr. McGoldrick noted her experience in and support for the home care industry. She was one of two state legislators recognized last year by the Chapter in an online program for her outstanding service and dedication in support of the home care industry in Connecticut. The presentation of the award was delayed due to the pandemic.
Join the HCAOA Wisconsin Chapter on November 2 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. CT to hear the latest updates on important topics related to home care. State Representative Rick Gundrum, Chair of the Committee on Aging and Long Term Care Committee, will join the Chapter to discuss the committee’s priorities. Lobbyist Jolene Plautz will also provide updates on current and future advocacy efforts at the state level, as well as HCAOA’s advocacy efforts in Washington on behalf of the home care industry.
The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission and Department of Health have jointly filed emergency rules to reinstate medication assistance rules as permitted under chapter 69.41 RCW. Specifically, these rules, filed under WSR 21-15-108 establish criteria for medication assistance in community-based and in-home care settings in accordance with RCW 69.41.010(15).
Now that Ohio passed legislation requiring a license to operate a home care agency, don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the discussion on what the regulations to implement this new law will look like. Join members of the HCAOA Ohio State Chapter and the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice to discuss requirements for issues such as criminal background checks, training, applications for license and supervision.