Among its many impacts on our lives, COVID-19 has altered the insurance landscape, affecting how companies respond to virus-related claims. HCAOA Associate Member Gavin Studner of Odell Studner Insurance Brokers & Consultants provided members with a one-pager discussing new gaps in coverage following the pandemic.
On June 21, OSHA published an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19. Last week, OSHA announced it will publish a notice in the Federal Register to extend the comment period for the COVID-19 healthcare ETS to August 20, 2021.
Early business deals start now. HCAOA members can enjoy exclusive discounts on cutting-edge tech and powerful, end-to-end IT solutions. HCAOA members can save up to 45% on a range of solutions including select Dell Latitude Laptops with over 45% off in savings until July 18. Visit www.dell.com/HCAOA to access these savings or call 855-900-5548 to chat with a Small Business Advisor today.
Daniel Tsai has been named the new CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. In this role, Tsai will be responsible for leading CMS efforts around health equity and serving vulnerable populations, including seniors. Prior to his appointment, Tsai served as the Assistant Secretary for MassHealth (the Massachusetts Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program) and as Medicaid Director at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
As many HCAOA members have experienced firsthand, the pandemic has fueled the demand for caregivers in people’s homes. Between March 2020 and January 2021, the demand for home care grew by 125%. By the year 2028, the U.S. will need an estimated 5.8 billion direct care workers - which is more jobs than any other occupation. To provide more background on this growing profession, the mission-driven organization, The Commonwealth Fund, released the latest edition of a quarterly publication called, Transforming Care. One article features a detailed Q&A with three direct care workers themselves, a section highlighting new innovations in caregiver training, and more.
HCAOA released the Mid-Year Report for members. The association is excited to share all of our accomplishments for the first half of 2021, including our record-breaking membership campaign, member engagement data, and more. All members should have received an email containing the Mid-Year Report earlier this week. If not, click here for the report.
HCAOA member Home Instead recently joined forces with the Global Coalition on Aging to release a report, Building the Caregiving Workforce Our Aging World Needs. The report notes that for the first time in human history, there are more old than young - a trend that will only grow as longevity continues to increase and birth rates decrease. This report focuses on the urgency and necessity of expanding and professionalizing the caregiving workforce.
By: Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.
On June 12, 2021, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an order dismissing a lawsuit brought by employees of Houston Methodist Hospital challenging the Hospital’s requirements for all employees to be vaccinated [Jennifer Bridges, et al v. Houston Methodist Hospital, et al, Case 4:21-cv-01774, (U.S. District Court for the District of Texas, June 12, 2021)].
Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) is a technology that automates the gathering of service information by capturing time, attendance, and care plan information entered by a home care worker at the point of care. Click here to access the current timeline for EVV and upcoming Tellus provider training sessions for Medicaid Waiver providers in Georgia here. Read more
Check out the video below to learn more about how HCAOA Associate Member VetAssist Program, helps agencies solve problems like client turnover and supporting clients who can’t afford care. “While there are others who help veteran families file Aid and Attendance claims, we do so much more,” says Evan Kaltman, Veterans Home Care Managing Partner and Vice President-Sales.