Last week, the HCAOA Illinois Chapter’s advocacy efforts to expand the services that home services agencies are permitted to do paid off, when Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) approved most of the changes proposed by the Chapter. JCAR is the legislative committee in Illinois whose role is to ensure that the General Assembly is adequately informed of how laws are implemented through agency rulemaking and to facilitate public understanding of rules and regulations.
The Illinois Chapter took the lead on negotiations between stakeholders and the Illinois Department of Public Health to implement needed revisions to the existing regulations. The discussions with IDPH focused on expanding the scope of non-medical services permitted to be completed by licensed home service agencies and their home service workers.
With a seismic increase in older adults choosing to remain in their home settings longer, these negotiated revisions and agreed upon expanded scope of available services were (and remain) critical to safely address the ongoing needs of this important growing older population.
According to HCAOA IL Chapter Chair Karen Stephenson, members of the chapter board were extremely focused on seeing this effort through to the very end.
“We held numerous meetings with Adam Guestow, HCAOA’s attorney for this project, to develop recommended changes that reflect the needs of seniors who want to remain in their own homes as they age,” explained Stephenson. “In the past, the restrictive interpretation of the regulations made it very difficult to provide the necessary services that clients and their families need. I am so proud to be part of this group of members who are focused on working together for the benefit of the entire Illinois home care community.”
Some of the major changes include permitting home services agencies to accept clients who require complete repositioning, changing oxygen delivery systems and other broader interpretations for bathing and shampooing.
Virtual Meeting Scheduled for June 21 to Review Changes to IL Regulations
To educate and help agencies prepare for these changes, the Chapter will hold a special virtual meeting on June 21, from 9:30-11 a.m. CT.
“We want to make certain that HCAOA members are one step ahead of others by educating everyone on these changes as soon as possible,” said Stephenson. “Attorney Adam Guestow will provide an overview of the changes and Mike and Joan O’Brien, Independence 4 Seniors, will take us through the changes step by step.”
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HCAOA extends its appreciation and congratulations to Karen Stephenson, Home Instead, Katie Fielmann, ComfortKeepers, Mike and Joan O’Brien, Independence 4 Seniors, Tricia Mullen, SASI-Chicago Methodist Senior Services, Jamie Farias, Lifestyle Options, Mike Steiner, Right at Home, and Mike Mellinger, Home Instead for this successful effort!
On May 10, 2022, Governor John Carney signed into law the Healthy Delaware Families Act, adding Delaware to an expanding list of jurisdictions with a paid family and/or medical leave (PFML) requirement. The law creates a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program funded through employer and employee contributions.
PFML contributions will begin to be required in 2025, and covered employees will be able to access benefits in 2026. The Delaware Department of Labor plans to issue regulations implementing the law. In the interim, the following briefly highlights who and what the law covers. Learn More
“It challenges both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs alike to motivate, innovate and evolve their agencies in the face of eroding revenue and margins. That’s why these meetings are so important to our members. It gives them a chance to network with their colleagues, to brainstorm ideas and take away best practices back to their businesses. I hope this meeting did just that. At the same time, I hope the value of membership was realized as well as the need to grow our industry’s voice in Georgia for without a collective voice…we stand alone.”
Also, speaking at the chapter was Dave Lamb, Legislative Chair and Jesse Petrea, legislator and HCAOA Board Member.
HCAOA members and VP of Government Relations Eric Reinarman met with several members of the Michigan Legislature last week in a continuing quest to get providers properly reimbursed for their care of those seriously injured in catastrophic car accidents.
Michigan members continue to make headway in educating state lawmakers about the serious impact the Auto No-Fault Insurance reform has had on providers and auto accident victims. This reform inadvertently included home care providers and has resulted in dramatic cuts of up to 45% in insurance reimbursement to providers who care for those who’ve been grievously injured in car accidents.
Join us next week on June 1 at the Crowne Plaza Edison Hotel, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to learn how to handle the legalization of cannabis in New Jersey, and also hear an update on chapter advocacy efforts and a licensing update from the Department of Community Affairs.
Below is a quick look at the rest of this meeting’s agenda:
Cost is $40 for members and $80 for non-members and includes a networking lunch. Register here.
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The HCAOA Board of Directors met in Arizona last week to review the association’s strategic plans and discuss advocacy priorities for the home care industry at the national level in Washington, DC, and in the more than 15 state where HCAOA has active state chapters.
The Board meets four times each year in person at various locations across the country, including the HCAOA Annual Conference, as well as several virtual meetings. Any members interested in becoming involved should contact email@example.com.
Here’s the agenda for the expanded in-person New Jersey State Chapter meeting on Wednesday, June 1. You’ll hear from N.J. Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz from the State Health Committee. Plus:
Held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the meeting includes lunch. The cost is $40 for members and $80 for non-members. Register here.
Hurry! You can still register for the GA Chapter meeting tomorrow in Atlanta at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. The full day meeting will be held from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Melissa Man of myCNAjobs will talk caregiver recruitment and retention, and guest speakers from alliantgroup share details on the Employee Retention Credit. Plus, more:
The meeting includes lunch, networking, and time to chat with meeting sponsors and vendors. The cost for members is $75. Register now.
Agencies should be aware of common citations for home care operations in the state, so Lisa Mahoney of the WA State Department of Health will cover everything you need to know during her presentation at the conference next Tuesday, May 24 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
We have a packed agenda that covers employee retention, advocacy, and new member benefits you can take advantage of now.
The conference includes networking and lunch. Click here to download a printable conference flyer with full details. Register now!
The Washington State Chapter conference will be held Tuesday, May 24 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and feature eight presentations on topics covering technology, advocacy, and employment, including:
Retention is Recruiting with Clayton Foutch, Home Matters Caregiving
Clayton discusses best-known methods to address the labor shortage that our industry is facing with strategies to create an environment that promotes employee longevity. Improve the retention metrics in your organization with his tips.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues, innovators, and vendors supporting the industry. Lunch is provided.
A discounted overnight rate $174 is available for conference attendees at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. Click here to reserve by May 13 (date extended!).
Click here to download a printable conference flyer with full details.
The next NJ State Chapter meeting is slated for Wednesday, June 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Edison. This expanded meeting will cover the latest news and updates for your state, including the post-pandemic changes in licensing.
The cost is $40 for members and $80 for non-members. Lunch included. Register here.
9Guest speaker Maggie Keen, VP of Strategic Initiatives, myCNAjobs.com, will be sharing insight into caregiver recruitment and retention during the Georgia Chapter Meeting May 19, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at the Georgian Terrace Hotel.
This meeting covers all aspects of running a home care agency, from workplace mandates to marketing a private business. Plus, you will hear federal and state legislative updates, and get news from your chapter chair, Eddie Grogan.
Here is a look at the agenda and speakers for the day, which also includes lunch, networking, and time to chat with meeting sponsors and vendors.
The cost for members is $75. Register now.
Ann Mellen and Burton Peebles of Polsinelli Law Firm will be cover mandates in the workplace, plus our roster of speakers will cover other employment topics like the employee retention credit, and recruitment and retention.
We'll also cover legislative and policy updates, have lunch, and spend time networking. Join us before space fills up for this full day on May 16 at Georgian Terrace Hotel.
The cost is $75 for members and $150 for non-members. Register now.
HCAOA National Staff Set to Present State Legislative and Advocacy Updates at Arizona Chapter Meeting
The HCAOA Arizona Chapter will meet in-person from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on May 11 at the Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel. HCAOA CEO Vicki Hoak, CEO and VP, Government Relations Eric Reinarman, Esq., will be at the meeting in Phoenix to provide the inside scoop on all federal legislative and advocacy priorities, as well as what other states are doing that could be adapted in Arizona.
Other speakers include:
Lunch will be provided, and attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and vendors. The registration fee is $40 for HCAOA members and $80 for non-members. Register here.