Not too Late to Register for : Understanding and Integrating Maintenance Therapy into Practice

February 27, 2015

Part 1 of 3 was a success and although it has come and gone, you can still register with access to all three webinars! Registration not only includes all three sessions but also includes access to the recordings for up to 90 days after the live session aired.

For many years many home health agencies have discharged patients who plateaued even when they needed continued skilled care to maintain their level of functioning or prevent deterioration and exacerbation of their condition.  Yet the Medicare statute and regulations have never supported the imposition of an “Improvement Standard” in determining whether skilled care is required to prevent  or slow  deterioration in a patient’s condition.  The CMS settlement in recent Jimmo vs Sibelius  reaffirmed that when skilled services are required in order to provide care that is reasonable and necessary to prevent or slow further deterioration, coverage cannot be denied based on the absence of potential for improvement or restoration. Are your agency’s nurses and therapists appropriately trained for this?  Or are you discharging patients who need and qualify for continued care?

Session 2: Wednesday, March 4

Session 3: Wednesday, March 18

12:00-1:30PM

Click HERE to register! Contact Megan Fournier mfournier@thinkhomecare.org for more information or questions.


Commit to Furthering Your Industry Knowledge- Register Today

February 26, 2015

The New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show takes place at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH on May 19-21.  It’s this year’s premiere home care event and is the only one hosted by the six New England state home care associations. With a great line-up of national speakers, an array of sponsors and exhibitors and a proven track record as a fabulous event, this is the conference to attend!  Registrations are affordable and discounts are available to state association members.  Check it out at http://www.nehcc.com.


Innovation & STAR Awards Nominations Deadline Extended

February 25, 2015

The Home Care Alliance has extended the deadline to nominate an employee or program for our annual Innovations & STAR Awards to Friday, March 6. Be sure to get your nominations in soon to show your appreciation for all of the hard work your staff does! (Especially after this long and snowy winter!)

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.

 Nominations for the Innovation Showcase and the STAR Awards are due by March 6, 2015.

Final selections will be made by the Alliance’s Membership & Awards Ceremony Committee. Each winner will be invited to attend the ceremony as guest of the Alliance, along with the person who nominated him/her, as well as three additional guests.

WAYS TO NOMINATE:

  • Online: Submit your nomination by filling out our online form HEREPlease submit supporting documents with your applicationusing the upload button that’s part of the form).
  • Video: Use the form online to submit a video explaining to us why you think your employee or homecare supporter deserves to shine.
  • Email/Fax/Mail: Fill out our hard-copy nomination form attached to this email and submit to:Megan Fournier
    31 St. James Ave., Suite 780
    Boston, MA 02116
    Fx: (617) 426-05109
    mfournier@thinkhomecare.org

Click HERE for more information on our Innovations & STAR Awards event!

Registration to attend is now open!

Please join us in this opportunity to celebrate and honor our industry innovators and our “STARs.”


UPCOMING THIS WEEK- Legal Breakfast: Complying with the MA Sick Leave Law

February 23, 2015
Join us this Wednesday, February 25 from 8:30-11:00 AM at the Sheraton Framingham for breakfast and an educational meeting on Complying with the MA Sick Leave Law.Effective July 1, 2015, all employers in Massachusetts will be required to offer all employees the opportunity to accrue and use sick time.  For employers with more than ten employees, the sick time must be paid; for smaller employers, it may be unpaid.

Whether paid or unpaid, this new requirement is sure to have a SIGNIFICANT impact on your agency’s operations, payroll, and bottom line.

To help our member agencies understand the implications of this new requirement, and the particular challenges of implementing it in the home care setting, the Alliance will sponsor a Wage & Hour Update on Wednesday, February 25, featuring labor attorneys Allyson Kurker and Margaret Paget of Kurker Paget LLP.  Allyson and Margaret are highly regarded within the labor law sector, and have significant experience interpreting labor law for home care providers.  The presentation will include a model sick leave policy that complies with the new MA regulation, AND an update to the Wage & Hour Legal Memorandum prepared last year for the Alliance by Kurker Paget.

In addition to the new sick time requirements, the presentation will cover other recent labor law developments, including new requirements around domestic violence leave, minimum wage, and the domestic workers right to know law.  The presentation will be preceded by a networking breakfast.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get essential labor law advice from leading experts in the field, at a fraction of the price of an hour of legal services!

Registration:

Members: $49/ Person

Non-Members: $99/ Person 

To register, click HERE. For any questions, contact Megan Fournier at mfournier@thinkhomecare.org or 617-482-8830


Registration Deadline is Coming Quickly for Maintenance Therapy Webinar Series

February 13, 2015

The first date of the Maintenance Therapy Webinar Series is next Wednesday, February 18th. Be sure to register now so you don’t miss out on this great educational series!

The series will be held on February 18th, March 4th, and March 18th. Registration cost covers all three sessions as well as access to the recordings for up to 90 days after the live session.

Click HERE to register now!

Member Rate: $275/ Line

Non-Member Rate: $475/ Line

Contact Megan Fournier at mfournier@thinkhomecare.org for any questions!

See the series description below:

For many years many home health agencies have discharged patients who plateaued even when they needed continued skilled care to maintain their level of functioning or prevent deterioration and exacerbation of their condition. Yet the Medicare statute and regulations have never supported the imposition of an “Improvement Standard” in determining whether skilled care is required to prevent or slow deterioration in a patient’s condition. The CMS settlement in recent Jimmo vs Sibelius reaffirmed that when skilled services are required in order to provide care that is reasonable and necessary to prevent or slow further deterioration, coverage cannot be denied based on the absence of potential for improvement or restoration. Are your agency’s therapist appropriately trained for this? Or are you discharging patients who need and qualify for continued care?


Nominations Now Open for 2015 Innovation & STAR Awards

February 11, 2015

Please join the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts and your colleagues from across Massachusetts as we honor and showcase the best people and programs in our industry today. This annual celebration of innovation and excellence will take place on April 28th at the Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA. Invitations to attend will be sent to a broad health care audience.

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.

 Nominations for the Innovation Showcase and the STAR Awards are due by February 27th.

Final selections will be made by the Alliance’s Membership & Awards Ceremony Committee. Each winner will be invited to attend the ceremony as guest of the Alliance, along with the person who nominated him/her, as well as three additional guests.

WAYS TO NOMINATE:

  • Online: Submit your nomination by filling out our online form HEREPlease submit supporting documents with your applicationusing the upload button that’s part of the form).
  • Video: Use the form online to submit a video explaining to us why you think your employee or homecare supporter deserves to shine.
  • Email/Fax/Mail: Fill out our hard-copy nomination form attached to this email and submit to:

    Megan Fournier
    31 St. James Ave., Suite 780
    Boston, MA 02116
    Fx: (617) 426-05109
    mfournier@thinkhomecare.org

Click HERE for more information on our Innovations & STAR Awards event!

Please join us in this opportunity to celebrate and honor our industry innovators and our “STARs.”


Advocacy Alert: Urge Legislators to Co-sponsor HCA Priorities

February 2, 2015

Today (Monday, Feb. 2nd) is the deadline for legislators to officially co-sponsor legislation, so NOW is the time to contact your local state legislators and ask them to formally support bills of importance!

The Alliance has worked to file two bills with home health champions in the legislature. One bill is re-filed from past years and is known as the “Nurse Delegation” bill, which would improve the efficiency of home health care services and save state funding by allowing home health nurses to delegate certain medication administration tasks to a trained home health aide, hospice aide, or certified nurse assistant.
The other HCA legislative priority is called An Act Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Home Health Services. The bill would establish a commission to study oversight options for the Commonwealth that fit our unique and highly-regarded health care system. The commission will also study MassHealth payment rates and methods to determine if there is a more efficient way to reimburse for both traditional home health services like skilled nursing and therapy, but also palliative care, Alzheimer’s/dementia, behavioral health/substance abuse, and chronic disease management.

Please contact your local state representatives and senators to urge them to sign on as co-sponsors of these two measures. At this early point in the legislative session the proposals haven’t been assigned bill numbers. Right now they are identified as House Docket 3151 (Nurse Delegation) sponsored by Representative Kay Khan and House Docket 1864 (Home Health Commission) sponsored by Representative Kate Hogan. Ask your legislators to contact the main sponsor of each proposal to add their names as co-sponsors.

  • Suggested Phone Script: “Hello, My name is ___________ from [home care agency, city/town]. Please co-sponsor House Docket 3151 filed by Rep. Khan and House Docket 1864, filed by Rep. Hogan to advance the quality and efficiency of home care services. If you have any questions, please contact the Home Care Alliance at 617-482-8830.”

If you’re unsure who represents you, please visit www.wheredoivotema.com/ and enter your contact info or visit the state legislature’s website to search by name or location. You can also contact James Fuccione at the Alliance for for more information.

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