GEORGIA: 84% of Providers Surveyed Say Biggest Challenge in Recruitment is Lack of Applicants, Add Your Input by November 1!
In case you didn't hear, we have a survey for ALL home care agencies in Georgia circulating right now! So far we have found that 84% of the home care providers surveyed in Georgia say that the biggest challenge to caregiver recruitment right now is that there are not enough applicants to meet their needs. While only 21% have reported insufficient client demand. Add your input to this survey - we want to hear from you! Click here to take the Georgia Chapter survey.
“There is general uncertainty of what happens next,” wrote a New York Times reporter yesterday morning. First, there is the vote needed to increase the debt ceiling, which many are saying is necessary in order for the U.S. to pay its debts, and then, of course, the other hot potatoes are the infrastructure bill and the $3 Trillion plus social safety net plan.
HCAOA invites all home care members in Michigan to attend a Chapter Meeting and Capitol Day in Lansing on November 3. Hear the latest federal and state updates on issues affecting home care, and meet in small groups with legislators to educate them about home care and tell them what matters to our agencies, clients, and caregivers.
HCAOA Associate Member AxisCare announced yesterday that their software platform is now EVV-compliant in 23 states, with nine others coming soon. To spearhead the company’s Medicaid efforts, the company also announced it has hired Mark Decker as Director of Medicaid Services to expand AxisCare’s reach in other states and improve workflows for current Medicaid clients.
Are the Majority of Your Caregivers Vaccinated? Let HCAOA Know in Critical Member Survey, Deadline October 15!
HCAOA encourages ALL members to take just a few minutes and complete a brief survey about specific challenges members may be experiencing related to the COVID vaccine and staffing at this critical moment in time. These responses will help guide HCAOA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of members. Thank you in advance!
Yesterday, the California Department of Social Services issued a Provider Information Notice alerting home care organizations that all registered home care aides must be vaccinated against COVID by November 30. However there are two exemptions to this rule: Declining vaccination based on religious beliefs or excused from receiving the vaccine due to qualifying medical reasons.
MICHIGAN: Have Lunch with a Legislator and Discuss Major Issues such as No-Fault Auto & Reimbursement Rates at Chapter Capitol Day Event!
All HCAOA members in Michigan are invited to attend a Chapter Meeting and Capitol Day event on November 3. This is the best way to get involved with advocacy in your state. Hear presentations by state leaders and participate in discussions about the top issues you care about as a home care provider, including Medicaid reimbursement rates, background checks, home care licensure, and the no-fault auto law.
The Connecticut legislature, at the recent call of Governor Ned Lamont, met in special session this week to extend the Governor’s emergency authority through February 15, 2022. This was the sixth extension of the Governor’s emergency powers since March 2020, according to the Hartford Courant. Most of the hundreds of executive orders issued by the Governor since then have expired but about a dozen remain, including one requiring vaccinations for workers in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
A new report, Medicaid Forward: Long-term Services and Supports, from the National Association of Medicaid Directors, describes the stark realities facing our long-term care system, and opportunities for state Medicaid leaders and their federal partners to respond. The report specifically focuses on how states can use the recent investments Congress made in the American Rescue Plan Act to support this work. In this law, Congress made an initial investment of more than $9 billion to expand access to home- and community-based services and to strengthen the direct care workforce.
IDPH recommends vaccine providers prioritize those at the highest risk of severe illness among the eligible booster population. Many of the people who are now eligible to receive a booster shot received their initial vaccine early in the rollout and will benefit from additional protection. The Delta variant continues to be the predominant virus circulating and with cases of COVID-19 increasing significantly across the United States, a booster shot will help strengthen protection against severe disease in those populations who are at high risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe disease.