Boston Globe Letter to the Editor: PCA Oversight Bears Addressing

For the second time in a year, the Boston Globe has reported on fraud and abuse uncovered in the personal care attendant program based on a study by the state auditor’s office.

In a letter to the editor, the Home Care Alliance chose to reiterate a point in the article for readers that personal care attendants (PCA’s) are not subject to background checks and certification requirements as home health aides and visiting nurses. The prior article blurred the line between the two categories of workers, to which the Alliance had also taken action by submitting a letter to the Globe.

Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.

2 Responses to Boston Globe Letter to the Editor: PCA Oversight Bears Addressing

  1. Bruce Bender MD, MS says:

    I would like to point out that all PCA’s employed by Home Instead Senior Care or other similar employment based agencies and sent into the home are required to have CORI checks.

    Unfortunately, the Commonwealth, at the same time that it is criticizing home care is making the CORI practically worthless for its intended purpose with recently issued regulations from the EOHHS and the proposed CORI reform bill. It is also specifically excluding privately hired home care workers from these requirements. The Alliance most oppose these regulations and support safe in home care at all levels. Any worker that goes in to the home of seniors, the disabled or children should have a real background check.

  2. Jodie Mathis says:

    What are the best resources to becoming a private eye? This may be the wrong place to ask, but I wasn’t sure.

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