Seventy Agencies Accredited!

March 19, 2014

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The Alliance hit a milestone this week, with a new total of 70 agencies currently Accredited!  To earn accreditation from the Alliance, each of those agencies submitted documentation demonstrating their compliance with fifteen separate measures covering client rights and protections, caregiver qualifications and skills, insurance coverage, and employment practices.  Details about the Accreditation standards are available on the Accreditation Page of the Alliance’s website.

The Alliance developed the Accreditation program because Massachusetts does not have a licensing program specific to home care agencies.  By their adherence to the fifteen Accreditation standards, private care home care agencies demonstrate their commitment to quality.

A complete list of Accredited agencies is available here.

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HCA Supporting Elder Lobby Day at State House

March 17, 2014

Although Home Care Alliance staff will be advocating for home health care in Washington DC on March 24-26, the HCA is still stepping up with support for an Elder Lobby Day at the State House on Monday, March 24th.

The Alliance is a sponsor for the event and will be well represented with Bayada Home Health Care, Associated Home Care and other agencies joining the following organizations and their representatives:

  • Mass Home Care
  • The Caring Force
  • Home Care Aide Council
  • AARP Massachusetts
  • Mass Senior Action Council
  • Mass Councils On Aging
  • Mass Human Services Provider’s Council
  • Mass Association of Older Americans
  • LGBT Aging Project
  • Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston

A speaking program will take place between 11:00am and 2:00pm on March 24th at the Grand Staircase (second floor of the State House). Afterwards, attendees will be stopping by legislative offices to drop off information about their organizations and to advocate on elder policy issues.

For more information on the event, contact James Fuccione at the Alliance.

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Nominations Extended for Innovations Showcase & Star Awards

March 7, 2014

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The Home Care Alliance of MA is planning a special afternoon to honor and showcase the best people and programs in our industry today at a gala celebration of innovation and excellence on Tuesday, April 29, at the historic John F. Kennedy Library.  

This event offers member agencies two opportunities to shine:

  1. Nominate a program, product, or operational change that has either a) enhanced the well-being of patients, clients, or the community, b) driven efficiency in operations or the health care system, or c) enhanced the productivity or satisfaction of agency staff.
  2. Nominate an employee or homecare supporter for a STAR Award. These awards celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of the everyday heroes in our midst who make incredible differences in the lives of their patients/clients and their families. Though there are too few opportunities to recognize all who deserve one, a STAR award brings with it some well-deserved recognition for both the agency and the individual.

Nominations may be made by Alliance agencies, their patients, or their partner organizations.  Download & complete the nomination form to let the world know about your best & brightest. The deadline to submit your nominations has been extended to March 14, 2014.

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See Our Previous Physician of the Year, and Nominate Your Own!

March 4, 2014

The Home Care Alliance is hosting the annual Home Care Innovation Showcase and STAR Awards on April 29th at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Among those the Alliance recognizes is a “Physician of the Year,” which is nominated by an agency or community partner and awarded to a physician or nurse practitioner who has demonstrated:

  • Active involvement in the homehealth field,
  • Outspoken support for health care delivered in the home; and
  • Longevity in the home health profession

Last year’s Physician of Year award winner was Dr. James Everett who is Medical Director for Hospice of the South Shore. He was nominated by the Hospice’s Director Barbara Karkos who lauded Dr. Everett’s collaborative nature.

HCA's 2013 Physician of the Year, Dr. James Everett

HCA’s 2013 Physician of the Year, Dr. James Everett

“Dr. Everett consistently combines compassion with clinical expertise, always working with us to ‘do the right thing’ for each patient and family,” said Karkos of Dr. Everrett. “He demonstrates true partnership in all of his interactions with the staff at Hospice, as well as with his colleagues in the community, and with patients and families he visits in the home.”

Karkos also touted Dr. Everett’s ability to be innovative in embracing new technology and improving processes, especially when it came to the “physician face-to-face” requirement.

The Home Care Alliance knows there are many “Dr. Everetts” out there and look forward to awarding the next Home Care Physician of the Year.

To nominate a physician, see our nomination form.

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One Care Initiative Launches Ombudsman Program

March 3, 2014

The Massachusetts One Care Initiative, which aims to better coordinate care and services for dually eligible individuals ages 21-64, officially launched the One Care Ombudsman program (OCO). Home health agencies involved in One Care should be aware of this new resource.

According to a notice sent by the state, the OCO:

  • Is an independent program operated by the Disability Policy Consortium (contracted by EOHHS) and its partners, Health Care For All (HCFA) and Consumer Quality Initiatives (CQI);
  • Addresses concerns and helps resolve conflicts regarding members’ enrollment in One Care or access to covered benefits and services so they can receive the benefits and exercise the rights they are entitled to in One Care; and
  • Works with members and their representatives, as well as MassHealth and the three One Care plans, to find resolutions to members’ concerns or complaints.

The OCO does not duplicate or replace other resources that are already available to help people with One Care (such as the SHINE program, the One Care plans’ member services, and MassHealth Customer Service). The OCO is an additional resource to support members who need or request independent problem-resolution assistance beyond what is available now. The OCO provides three main types of services: Read the rest of this entry »


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