All home care agencies in Washington are encouraged to order gloves, gowns, masks, respirators, and other supplies from the PPE Stockpile as soon as possible. Access to this resource will end on October 25. Each facility is eligible to order up to a 90 day supply. To access this resource, contact your local Emergency Management Agency.
HCAOA partner Littler Mendelson has compiled a Q&A document featuring the most pressing questions employers have regarding President Biden’s latest vaccine mandates and the latest OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard
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.
Home care agency owners know more than anyone that the United States economy has had a wild past year and a half. A new Labor Day report by Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute found that in early 2020, the U.S. had enjoyed a historic high rate of employment. Then jobs declined by 1.4 million in March 2020, and then by 20.8 million in April 2020, the largest drop ever recorded. This four-part report examines the current job market and also what challenges employers will face in the coming months - especially with recruiting and retaining staff.
Last week, President Biden announced vaccine mandates for workers in “most health care settings” that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. This includes hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies. HCAOA continues to monitor this development and those of various states to determine the impact on home care agencies providing personal care.
HCAOA recently announced a partnership with the National Minority Health Association for the Flex for Checks program - a new way that both agencies and caregivers can earn money by promoting the COVID vaccine. Understandably, members had a few questions, and we are here to help!
On August 20, 2021, Governor Inslee issued a revised version of his vaccination mandate. The Proclamation had several revisions of which long-term care providers should be aware. The most important revision addresses the vaccination requirements for contractors. Under the newly-revised Proclamation, the operators of Health Care Settings may elect to require the contractor or the actual company employing the contractor to assume responsibility for the vaccination verification and the reasonable accommodation requirements. The revised Proclamation provides a detailed explanation of the steps that must be taken by contractors to satisfy the proof of vaccination requirements for Health Care Settings. In addition, any Health Care Setting electing to require contractors to assume responsibility for vaccination and accommodation retains the right to investigate the contractor’s compliance and to withdraw the election at any time.
HCAOA is excited to announce a new way that BOTH your agency and your caregivers can earn money just by getting vaccinated. HCAOA has partnered with the National Minority Health Association (NMHA) on the Flex for Checks program, with the goal to increase direct care worker vaccination rates across the country. This program seeks to increase the number of caregivers at home care agencies who are vaccinated and is a helpful recruitment tool because it has a cash incentive for workers.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown implemented a statewide mask mandate for all children and adults ages 5 and older in all indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status. This order will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. The existing requirement that all Oregonians ages 2 and older mask up on public transportation, regardless of vaccination status, also remains in place. The governor has not imposed capacity limits on businesses. read more
Several States Issue COVID Vaccine Mandates: HCAOA Chapters Seeking Clarification on Requirements for Home Care
Several states have recently announced COVID-19 vaccine mandates for health care workers, and HCAOA and state chapters are working with state officials to clarify how these mandates impact home care. For example, mandates in Washington, California, and New York do not include home care in some settings, while the order in New Jersey does include home care.