The “Agency Advantage,” Explained

February 20, 2019

Many families ask why they should work with a home care agency rather than hiring a nurse or aide themselves. Re-designed to better answer that question, The Agency Advantage is a one-page flier that describes the benefits of contracting with an agency compared to a direct hire. Best of all, blocks of up to 50 are available at no charge to members.

In addition to describing the benefits of working with an agency, it also shows the advantages as a checklist:

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Alliance Statement on NAHC President Val Halamandaris’ Passing

July 28, 2017

The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts is deeply saddened by the passing of Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).

Val dedicated most of his professional life to public service, and transformed the home care industry over the last five decades by fighting for elderly, disabled, and dying Americans. For 20 years, he served as counsel to the Senate and House Committees on Aging before founding NAHC and serving as its president for the last 30 years.

When Val started at NAHC, home care wasn’t what it is today. Institutionalization of the elderly was the standard, and Val sought to change the United States’ policy on this fundamental issue.

“The home care industry suffered an enormous loss this week. Val Halamandaris’ dedication to fighting for Americans’ rights to age in their homes and receive the care that they deserve was unprecedented.We all mourn this loss, but celebrate his 50 years of commitment to our most vulnerable,” said Alliance Board Chair, Holly Chaffee.

Val is survived by his wife, Kathleen, three sons, their wives, six grandchildren, and his brother. A funeral mass will be held for him at 10:00 am on Saturday at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Caring Institute.


Everything You Want to Know About eLearning Partnership with Corridor Group in One Place

November 30, 2016


The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts has partnered with the Corridor Group to provide an exciting new membership benefit. Corridor Campus eLearning is an online program that provides orientation and ongoing education for all levels of staff, allowing you to streamline training across your organization while providing Continuing Education Credits. Topics of the 150+ courses offered include ICD-10, Sexual Harassment, Alzheimer’s, HIPAA, Infection Control, and much more!

Home Care Alliance member agencies receive a discounted rate on Corridor Campus, paying the lowest per user fee they offer. Along with this great offer, our members will also have the opportunity to receive a 15% discount on any other Corridor products they purchase.

After the partnership was announce this summer, the Home Care Alliance held an informative webinar that introduced the software and did a brief demo. All information about this partnership including the recording of the webinar is available at Take a look at this great opportunity to save your agency money while receiving great education for your staff!

If you have any questions about this partnership you can contact Megan Fournier at

Click Here to go to eLearning Partnership Page to Learn More!

Our Time To Shine: Nominations Open!

May 4, 2016

Our Time to Shine - Annual Meeting and Innovation & Star AwardsYou know at your agency that your clinical staff, aides, and managers are great. Isn’t it time to let the rest of the health care industry know that? The Home Care Alliance is looking for nominations for our annual Innovation and Star Awards.

Awards will be presented on June 14th at a brunch and reception to be held at the Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy. Marie Pazinski, MD — neurologist and noted author of Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You — will emcee the awards. And there is  plenty of free onsite free parking!

Nomination forms and other event information is available here.

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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.


  • 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

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.”

Chance to Win Two Sox Tickets At the N.E. Home Care Conference

May 5, 2014

Red SoxThe New England Home Care Conference is just around the corner — May 28-30 — and we’re pleased to offer our members a special promotion: register before May 9, 2014 and you’ll be entered to win one of two tickets to the Red Sox’s May 29 game against the Atlanta Braves.

The NEHCC is the biggest annual home care conference in the region, with hundreds of home care professionals attending, 20 workshops, three intensive programs, more than 70 exhibitors, and six of the best keynote speakers in the industry.

All this and a chance to spend an evening at Fenway Park?  Full details here.

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Seventy Agencies Accredited!

March 19, 2014


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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