So… You Want to Start a Home Care Agency?

June 26, 2017

What does it take to start a home care agency in Massachusetts? This downloadble brochure — updated for 2017 — covers the basics, including: What regulatory issues pertain; How to get paid; How to bill insurers; Where to get more help; and How the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts can serve you one you’re up and running.

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2017 Annual Report of the Alliance and Foundation

June 19, 2017

The Report documents the companies’ activities, finances, awardees, and accomplishments for the 2016-2017 year.

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Copies of the report are available for digital download.

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2017 Private Care Guides Available

June 12, 2017

Now in its 11th edition, the Guide to Private Home Care Services has connected tens of thousands of families with the home care agencies that best meet their needs. While the Resource Directory is intended for professionals and others who make regular referrals to home care, the Private Care Guides are designed for consumers and are always available at no charge.

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The Guides contains county-by-county cross-references, as well as short essays about: What home care is; How to pay for it; How to choose an agency, and; What the advantages are of working with an agency over other options.

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2017 Star Awards, Innovation Showcase Winners Announced!

June 2, 2017

The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts is pleased to announce its 2017 industry innovators and stars. Awardees will be celebrated during the Innovations Showcase & Star Awards on June 20 at the Granite Links Golf Club, Quincy.

The 2017 honorees include:


Aides of the Year

Gach Clamp, HHA, Emerson Hospital Homecare, Concord

Nancy Quinlan, CNA/HHA, Aberdeen Home Care, Danvers


Clinicians of the Year

David Ahearn, MSW, Baystate Home Health, Springfield

Carlton Jorge, RN, Community Nurse Home Care, Fairhaven


Managers of the Year

Arline McKenzie, Nursing Manager, Walpole Area VNA

Susan Proulx-Galster, Hospice & Palliative Care Program Manager, Circle Home, Lowell


Physician of the Year

David Prybyla, MD, Orthopaedics Surgical Associates, North Chelmsford


Home Care Champion

MA Pediatric Home Nursing Care Campaign


Legislator of the Year

Representative Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)


Innovation Winners

HouseWorks, Newton:  Instant Hire Event

Southcoast VNA, Fairhaven:  Camp Angel Wings

Brockton VNA:  Lean Process Management


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 well-deserved recognition for both the agency and the individuals.

Granite Links

Granite Links Golf Club

Please join us on June 20 as we salute and celebrate the best programs and people in our industry today!

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Pediatric Home Nursing Campaign Gains Media Attention

May 19, 2017

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North Attelboro resident Carole Darrah her daughter Grace, along with nurse Judy Blanchard, were one of a number a families featured in media coverage in the past week about efforts to raise MassHealth payment rates for Continuous Skilled Nursing Services to very medically complex children and your adults.

According to the Sun Chronicle story:

“Grace was born with Trisomy 9 Mosaic, a rare chromosomal abnormality that left Grace in need of continual care. She wasn’t supposed to make it to her first birthday, but after four months in the neonatal intensive care unit, she was able to go home — with the promise that a state-funded home care nurse would assist the Darrahs in the day-to-day care of their daughter.

So far, Carole Darrah says, that promise has only been partly true.

The Darrahs are authorized for 56 nursing hours a week through MassHealth, which funds various amounts of home medical care based on each family’s needs. But in five years the Darrahs have only been able to fill 40 hours at most, leaving the rest of Grace’s medical care on them. Carole Darrah has had to quit her full-time job and sacrifices sleep and alone time for her daughter’s health. She and her husband haven’t had time alone since they left the hospital five years ago.”

There are approximately 900 families in the Commonwealth who are qualified for nursing services through this program.   Their stories are all similar to the Darrah’s and were featured in this news pieces:

Senator Barbara L’Italien has filed a Senate budget amendment (#512) that would provide $4.5 million for increases to this program.  While it is a long way from the $14 million, that the families and the agencies believe is needed to make their salaries competitive in the market, it is an important start.

HCA of MA working with the family led Pediatric Home Nursing Coalition and members agencies to secure this funding.

 

 

 


Talking Home Care Episode 2: Tim Rowan on New Tech All Agencies Need

May 15, 2017

Tim Rowan of <a href="http://homecaretechreport.com/" target="_blank">www.homecaretechreport.com</a>.In the second episode of Talking Home Care, Pat Kelleher talks with Tim Rowan, editor of the Home Care Technology Report. Topics include:

  • The (continuing) implications of the Affordable Care Act;
  • How even smaller agencies can benefit from use new, video-based telehealth;
  • How technology can help you compete for business from accountable care organizations; and
  • How predictive analytics can improve patient outcomes.

You may directly download the podcast here (Length: 21’23”; Size: 10.3 MB).

Host: Patricia Kelleher, Executive Director of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.

Guest: Tim Rowan, Editor of the Home Care Technology Report. You can also follow Tim at: www.rowanresources.com, and www.rowanreputationresources.com. Alternatively, you can text  “homecaretech” to 22828.

To subscribe to this podcast, enter the following field in your podcast app: https://thinkhomecare.wordpress.com/category/talking-home-care-podcast/feed/. We hope to have the feed available in the iTunes store shortly.

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Advocacy Alert: Budget Amendment to Ensure Access for Medically Complex Patients

April 21, 2017

Please send your legislators a message urging them to sign onto Representative Paul Donato’s budget amendment #769 which would provide funds to increase the pay of these nurses and ensure that our most medically complex citizens have access to the care they need.

Take Action Here

Issue Background: The Massachusetts Continuous Skilled Nursing program provides in-home skilled nursing care to support and keep people with medically complex needs safe at home. While MassHealth has recently proposed a very small increase to the rates for this service, the increase does nMA-State-Houseot make up for more than ten years with no increases.

Home care providers find that they are increasingly unable to compete with hospitals and other facilities for nurses; as a result,  hours of needed and authorized care are going undelivered,  leaving the patients vulnerable to expensive hospitalizations.

In 2016,  home health providers reported a 37% turnover rate of  their nurses, 53% of them left for higher pay at hospitals.

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