The new and improved Advance Directive and Washington POLST forms will be released in early April. The purpose of Advance Directive and Washington POLST documents is to ensure people’s future medical decisions are accurately reflected in enforceable documents. Learn more during the webinar: Advance Care Planning Documents - Get to Know the New Advance Directive and WA POLST. Speakers will review key changes that streamline, clarify, and modernize the documents. Register for the webinar here.
Last week, Amazon announced it is expanding the on-demand, virtual care platform, Amazon Care, in Washington now and nationally later this year. Earlier this month, Amazon Care teamed up with a variety of health care organizations — Signify Health, Ascension, Home Instead Senior Care and others — to form “Moving Health Home,” a new advocacy group with the goal of changing federal and state policies to expand at-home care. What does this mean for the home care industry?
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently announced it has withdrawn two Trump-era opinion letters about policies under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.
HCAOA members can participate in the Virtual Washington State In-Home Services Advocacy Week, February 22-26, sponsored by the Home Care Association of America Washington Chapter (Washington Home Care Association), the Home Care Association of Washington, and the Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Association. For the past eight years, these three associations have shared a legislative agenda to support in-home services which include home health, home care, hospice, and palliative care. read more
The Washington State Department of Health released information for providers to learn which priority tier they are in and how to find a place to get vaccinated. To access the system, visit this site: findyourphasewa.com. If you are confirmed to be eligible, the confirmation page will have a link to a website that includes a list of providers that are vaccinating people outside their system/facility with contact information to schedule an appointment. The Department is continuing to work with providers to add them to this list.
Rep. Eileen Cody is proposing a bill for the 2021 legislative session to allow for more flexibility in hospitals, but it will also impact most nurse delegation settings. The HCAOA Washington Chapter lobbyist is proposing an amendment that clarifies the distinction between home care and home health agencies. The proposed language is to be placed in Section 1 (3)(d)(iv).