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.
Over the past several weeks, HCAOA has worked with state chapters to drive recognition for the direct care workers who have kept the country's most vulnerable populations safe at home throughout the pandemic. Georgia, Michigan, California and Illinois all have passed resolutions to honor these important caregivers.
StatMedical announced it is offering exclusive pricing on PPE for HCAOA members. This is a one-stop shop for vinyl, latex and nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer, masks and more! Click here to see what's in stock.
Last week, the HCAOA VA Advisory Council met with a senior leadership team from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. VA officials acknowledged receipt of a chart of issues that the Council sent to the Department earlier in March as well as the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees. The chart outlines challenges that providers face working in the VA Community Care Network.
On Wednesday, March 24, President Joe Biden signed into law H.R. 1276, the “Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize All Veterans and Every Spouse Act” or the SAVE LIVES Act, which expands Veterans Administration authority to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to veterans, their families, and their caregivers.
Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation Monday to give businesses and health care providers that have made an effort to follow COVID-19 protection guidelines some protection from lawsuits stemming from the virus. The legislation (SB 72) is the first passed by lawmakers this session to be signed by the Republican governor, and was a top priority for legislators in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. The law went into effect immediately.
HCAOA members are invited to a listening session on Thursday, March 25, 2021 with the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services’ Disabled & Elderly Health Programs Group to help inform our development of guidance for state Medicaid agencies concerning the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provision.
HCAOA state chapters in Michigan and California both held successful virtual lobby days this week. Washington held virtual lobby days a few weeks ago, and the Connecticut Chapter has its virtual lobby days coming up in April.
On April 7 from 2:00-3:00pm ET HCAOA will be hosting a members-only webinar featuring Melissa Harris, Deputy Director for the Disabled and Elderly Health Group. The webinar will include an update on Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services and the increased FMAP provided under the American Rescue Plan.
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?