Let Our CoPs Manual Be Your Roadmap to Compliance

August 30, 2018

The Home Care Alliance of MA put together a COP Task Force consisting of an expert team of home health professionals. This task force developed guidelines to assist Home Health Agencies with the understanding on the new standards in order to stay in compliance.

Though the CoP Guide is available to Alliance members at no cost (log-in required), non-members may purchase an electronic version on our website. Upon purchase, you will receive an email with a link to download the PDF.

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Join Us this June in Falmouth for NEHCC 2018

August 27, 2018

Hundreds of home health colleagues, industry experts and the leading home heath products and service vendors will be at the ninth annual New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, Massachusetts, June 5-7, 2019.

We are planning another great event on the shores of Cape Cod next June. Mark your calendars and keep up with all the conference news by subscribing to our blog, following us on Facebook or on Twitter.

The conference is designed for senior and mid-level administrative and clinical staff. The conference features multiple keynote sessions, workshops, and intensive programs. Topics are designed to meet the needs of all agencies, including Medicare-certified, private duty, and hospices. The trade show is the largest home health and hospice expo in the Northeast.

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Message from the Exec. Dir.: Home Care During Election Season

August 24, 2018

(Each issue of our weekly eNewsletter, Update, opens with a brief message from Pat Kelleher, reprinted below. To learn more about the news, events, legislative and regulatory updates, and career opportunities highlighted each week for our members, contact HCA Membership Coordinator Tom Meyer).

Alliance Exec. Dir. Pat Kelleher

The saying “elections have consequences” is thrown around a lot these days as a rallying cry to various constituencies to get to the polls on a specific issue, be it health care, gun ownership, or immigration. Many a TV pundit has used it in relation to – and on either side of – the coming Supreme Court confirmation battle. It’s an interesting footnote to history that the saying only entered the lexicon when uttered by our 44th President Barack Obama in a meeting very early in his presidency with Congressional Republicans who were not on board his economic plans for the country.

This is a good time to remind everyone that we have a primary election coming up in MA the Tuesday after Labor Day and a final election on Nov 6. The degree of influence our state and federal officials have over our industry, including who gets care, how it is paid for and regulated is tremendous. Anything you can do to engage with them to help them better understand what we do is important and helpful. Let your officials know who you are and that you vote!

HCA of MA will be in Washington DC in mid-September with our colleagues from other state associations to discuss federal policy issues. In the next few months, we are working with some member agencies to host membership forums on Question 1, the nurse staff ratio question. These sessions so far are scheduled for:

September 4
VNA Care, Worcester

September 18
Home Health VNA, Lawrence

September 24
NVNA & Hospice, Norwell

If you would like to host a session, please contact Jake Krilovich.

Thank you for engaging!

Pkelleher@thinkhomecare.org
Pat Kelleher
@thinkhomecare

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Talking Home Care: Ryan McEniff on Running a Private Care Agency

August 6, 2018
Ryan McEniff of Minute Women

Ryan McEniff

How did a “big, six-foot-six, burly guy” become the owner of Minute Women Home Care? For the seventh episode of the Talking Home Care podcast, Pat Kelleher talks with Ryan McEniff about what it takes to run a successful private home care agency. Topics include:

  • Ryan’s personal story about entering the industry;
  • The challenges (and opportunities) of transitioning from family to paid home care;
  • How home care can restore clients’ work/life balance;
  • Whether home care can remain affordable to middle-class families in a bustling economy;
  • Why finding (and keeping) the best staff is sometimes a bigger challenge than attracting clients;
  • Going the extra mile to protect clients with national background checks;
  • The single most important question all families should ask when choosing an agency for their loved ones (jump ahead to 34’35” to find out); and
  • Ryan’s own podcast, The Caregiver’s Toolbox (expect Pat on an upcoming episode).


You may listen to the podcast by clicking the play button above, downloading it directly, or subscribing through iTunes or Google Play. (Length: 37 minutes; Size: 18 MB). If you enjoyed it, please give us a five-star review so others can find it as well.

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

GuestRyan McEniff has been the owner of Minute Women Home Care since 2013. He became passionate about home care when his mother needed care while battling cancer. He is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner and the host of The Caregiver’s Toolbox podcast.


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Take the Guess-Work Out of Employee Compensation with Our 2018 Survey

August 6, 2018

The 2018 Compensation Survey is an indispensable tool for c-suite staff and HR managers, proving a quick and accurate reference of industry pay standards for your employees.

The survey contains information about prevailing pay and benefits for the full range of positions in home care agencies. It lists pay and benefits figures for dozens of positions, including: executive, administrative, supervisory, care giving, and clerical positions.

The survey is available for purchase on our website for $400 for members, $500 for non-members (members who participated in the survey should have received coupon codes with an additional discount). Make sure you have the tools you need to make the best decisions for you and your staff.

The full survey is over 200 pages. To get a sense of the available information, click the sample pages above.

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Talking Home Care: Eric Scharber on Workforce Challenges: “Whoever Has the Talent Is Going to Win”

May 22, 2018
Eric Scharber of Exact Recruiting

Eric Scharber

For the sixth episode of the Talking Home Care podcast, Pat Kelleher talks recruiting and retention with Eric Scharber, a principal of Exact Recruiting. Topics include:

  • The advantages to employers of focusing on retention as much as recruiting
  • How small changes in retention can make a real difference to an agency’s bottom line
  • Why offering staff development is sometimes more important than pay increases
  • The challenges (and opportunities) of hiring Millennials
  • How to get graduating nurses and therapists to consider careers in home care and hospice
  • The specific challenges of retaining non-medical caregivers such as CNAs and home health aides

You may listen to the podcast by clicking the play button above, downloading it directly, or subscribing through iTunes or Google Play. (Length: 28’30”; Size: 15 MB).

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

GuestEric Scharber is a principal at Exact Recruiting, a Simione Talent Solution, where he leads talent acquisition and employee retention for the home care and hospice industry. He oversees executive search and non-executive recruiting services, as well as recruitment process outsourcing, compensation analysis, and employee satisfaction survey services.

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Advocacy Alert: Email Senators Urging Support for HCA Budget Priorities

May 18, 2018
Last week, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means committee released its fiscal year 2019 state budget totaling $41.4 billion dollars. Senators had a deadline of Monday to file amendments to the bill, and it will be debated next week. Three Alliance priorities have been filed as amendments. Below are brief descriptions of each, with a link to send a pre-drafted email to your state legislator. The Alliance encourages you to send an email for all three amendments.

Amendment #589: EMAC Assessment Hardship Waiver:

  • This amendment would authorize the Department of Unemployment Assistance to establish a hardship waiver for employers that provide services to EOHHS/EOEA clients, or services in the public interest, who have a financial burden as a result of their EMAC tax liability. Take Action.

Amendment #560: Enough Pay to Stay Amendment:

  • This amendment would provide $28.8 million in increased funding for the State’s home care system front-line workforce. Take Action.

Amendment #620: Continuous Skilled Nursing Funding

  • This amendment would provide a $16 million increase for the Commonwealth’s Continuous Skilled Nursing program to address the workforce shortage resulting in unfilled service hours. Take Action.

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