Infection Control Web-Based Training by RBC

April 28, 2009

Concerned about infectious diseases and infections?  RBC’s Infection Control Training Series provides the latest information about multiple drug-resistant organisms (MDROs), central line-associated bloodstream infections, and surgical site infections in 2009.

Sign-up to view this important web-based training when it’s convenient for you.  Especially relevant, given today’s headlines!

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Alliance Newsletters Available

April 24, 2009

The April 24 Update, April Think Home Care, and March Private Eye are available on our newsletter archive.

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Emerging Leaders: Graduate Level Certificate Program in Home Care Management

April 24, 2009

The scarcity of middle managers properly equipped to move into their companies’ leadership is a key challenge facing the home health industry.  To help combat this problem, the Foundation for Home Health has teamed with Suffolk University to develop the Emerging Leader program.

Full details are available in the program brochureRegistration is open, but limited to 25.

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New Event – The Medicare Home Health Cost Report

April 24, 2009

Home health agencies participating in Medicare are required by federal law to produce annually a timely and accurate cost report.   These reports are used to set future Medicare payments.   When properly completed, the reports can also be a valuable financial management tool.   Instructors will cover:

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Kelleher Testimony on Equal Choice Law

April 24, 2009

Pat Kelleher’s testimony regarding the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs Oversight Hearing on the Equal Choice Law is available for download.

The Equal Choice Law was passed with the intention of saving patients, families and MassHealth millions of dollars by limiting the amount of admissions into inpatient facilities.  With that theory in mind, it would seem that Equal Choice and home health go hand in hand. A 2007 study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University and Blue Shield of California proved that a patient-centered management program (PCM) where home care was increased by 22 percent and hospice by 62 percent actually reduced hospital admissions by 38 percent, reduced hospital days by 36 percent, and reduced costs by more than $18,000 per patient. The article heralding this study is attached to my written testimony.

Despite the goals of Equal Choice and the proven track record of home health, the industry has seen little that would indicate an intention – or even recognition – of the need to expand capacity in the community care area. In fact, if anything, we have seen the reverse.

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NewMMIS Powerpoint Presenation

April 24, 2009

A PDF of Ingelcia Annese’s PowerPoint presentation on the MassHealth NewMMIS is available for download.   Ms. Annese is from EDS/MassHealth Customer Service and her presentation was made on April 21.

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2009 Compensation Survey

April 24, 2009

The 2009 Compensation Survey is now underway.  Information and relevant forms are available for download.

This survey gives participating agencies reliable, comprehensive, local compensation data on a broad range of job titles in home care and provides the local benchmark data you need to ensure that your pay program attracts the right candidates in a tight job market.

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