2017 Resource Directories Available!

March 1, 2017

2017-coverThousands of copies of the the Alliance’s primary referral directory have already been shipped to Alliance members, as well as every case manager, hospital, COA, state legislator, and GCMs in Massachusetts.

This year, the Allied & Individual Members section has been re-organized by category to help members find the goods and services they need from vendors they can trust.

Need an copy? They’re available for purchase on our website, as always, with free shipping.

Alternatively, you can also use the Digital Edition of the directory, as well as our online Find an Agency search.

This is the one, indispensable book that anyone making referrals must have. It’s the bible for home care in Massachusetts. — Gina Martin, RN, BSN, BA, M Ed, CCM

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Our Time to Shine: Innovation & Star Award, Nominations Now Open!

January 4, 2017

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The Alliance’s annual celebration of innovation and excellence will return to the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy on June 20, 2017. As always, invitations to attend will be sent to a broad health care audience.

Together, we can celebrate our people and our pioneers and recognize what our awardees and member agencies: make life better for our thousands of patients and their families. In celebrating individual achievement, we shine a light on our collective accomplishments.

Two Opportunities to Shine:

  • Nominate a program, product, or operational change that has: 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.
  • 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.

Ways to Nominate:

Email/Fax/Mail: Fill out our hard-copy nomination form and submit to:

Tim Burgers
75 Kneeland St., Ste. 709
Boston, MA 02111
Fx: (617) 426-05109
tburgers@thinkhomecare.org

Nominations may be made by Alliance agencies, their patients, or their partner organizations and are due by April 14, 2017.

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.

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

The 2017 Aide and Clinician of the Year will be honored on the covers of our 2018 directories.

Innovations Awards

The Innovations Awards recognize programs, products, or operational changes that enhance patient, client, or community, well-being; drive efficiency in operations or the health care system’; enhance staff productivity or satisfaction.

Star Awards

The Star 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 individual.

For more information on Our Time to Shine go to www.thinkhomecare.org/shine

 

 


2017 New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show Speaker Proposal Deadline Approaching!

December 28, 2016

NEHCC SPEAKER PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS NOW DUE BY DECEMBER 31st!

With the holidays around usNEHCC-2015-Logosm, the NEHCC committee wanted to provide the gift of a deadline extension! To date there have been many qualified and appealing submissions but it is no longer too late to submit your own presentation!

The NEHHC welcomes Speaker Presentation applications from a diverse audience of home health and healthcare experts.

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL HERE!

The New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show 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 New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show is the region’s premier event for home care and hospice agencies. It’s hosted by the six New England state home care Associations, which collectively represent nearly 400 organizations. This coming year, the conference returns to the Radisson Hotel Manchester May 16 – 18, 2017.

Go to www.NEHCC.com for more information about the conference!

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House Releases FY17 Budget Plan and Rearranges Elder Services Funding

April 13, 2016

With a $39.4 billion FY17 state budget plan, the House Committee on Ways & Means kick-started the legislature’s budget deliberations.

As always, a significant portion of that total – $15.4 billion in proposed spending – is allocated for MassHealth programs. In their executive summary, House budget writers noted that MassHealth spending growth has been limited to 5%. They also mention that their budget plan “supports enhancements to the eligibility systems, caseload management and program integrity efforts, especially in the area of long term care, which ensures that our significant investments are being well spent, which is crucial to providing healthcare to some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents.”ma budget pie chart pic

That “support” could be part of the $8 million increase in the EOHHS administration line item (400-0300) as it does not show up in the line item specifically set aside for audits of MassHealth providers and utilization review (4000-0301). That item was actually set by the House at $413,000 less than FY16 spending.

Meanwhile, the House restored the Enhanced Home Care Services Program (ECOP) that Governor Charlie Baker consolidated into other items. With ECOP funded at $74.3 million, it comes in at $3.7 million above the FY16 spending level. That leaves some items noticeably lower than Governor Baker’s budget plan, but it also falls below what the state spent in FY16.

For example:

  • Elder Home Care Purchased Services is $3.1 million below FY16 spending
  • Elder Home Care Case Management and Administration is $2.6 million below FY16 spending
  • Elder Nutrition (Meals on Wheels) is more than $746,000 below what was even set in the FY16 budget

Other newsworthy items from the House Ways & Means budget proposal include the following:

  • $250 million assessment on hospitals that will support new MassHealth accountable care organization (ACO) incentive payments, which the Hospital Association supports with certain conditions.
  • $5.7M for the Supportive Senior Housing Program, an item not included in budgets of previous years.
  • $15 million above the Governor’s proposed spending for Nursing Home Supplemental Rates.
  • $4.5 million above FY16 spending for Elder Protective Services.

The entire House Ways & Means budget can be found here. The Home Care Alliance will be working with State Reps to sponsor amendments creating a home care licensure commission, increasing MassHealth reimbursement for home health aides, and for EOHHS to conduct a full review of home health reimbursement. The Alliance will be fully partnering with other organizations to push a homemaker wage increase, expanding income eligibility for elder home care services, and other items.

More information on advocacy efforts will be released soon and the budget items will be a focus of HCA’s lobby day at the state house on April 28th. Contact James Fuccione at the Alliance for details.

 

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Home Care Impacted by Governor’s Budget Cuts

November 19, 2014

With a new Governor coming into office in January and a $329 million budget shortfall, the Patrick Administration was forced to make reductions to close the deficit.

A large chunk of those cuts came at the expense of MassHealth, which makes up slightly more than half of the state’s $36.5 billion fiscal year 2015 budget. MassHealth officials contacted the Home Care Alliance to report that $68.5 million in reductions had to come from MassHealth alone and that a rate increase for home health agencies is no longer on the table for FY15.

The Home Care Alliance had seen hints that there finally would be a review of MassHealth home health care rates after years of being passed over. Rates were frozen in 2007 and one of the Patrick Administration’s first cuts were from home health services past 60 calendar days of care. The rate inexplicably dropped by 20 percent for patients who require longer-term home health care and that cut has not been revisited.

Also cut was $1.52 million from the Elder Affairs’ “Home Care Purchased Services” line item that will go into effect on December 1st at which time the waiting list for Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) services could go back into effect. Officials from Elder Affairs indicated the lowest priority level would be the only one impacted, which preserves those in the greatest need for care.

The bright spot is that the Home Care Alliance’s efforts to gain MassHealth reimbursement for telehealth provided by home health agencies is not impacted and plans to implement rates and guidelines is going on as planned. Moreover, home health rates are, more or less, remaining status quo and are not being reduced further. Nursing Home Supplemental Rates, for example, were slashed by $9.1 million.

A rate review for home health services remains a top priority and the HCA will continue to work with the legislature and MassHealth on improving payment.

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Six Days Until the New England Conference

May 22, 2014

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There’s just six days left to register for the New England Home Care Conference & Trade Show.

The NEHCC is the region’s biggest home care event, with hundreds of home care professionals attending, 20 workshops, three intensive programs, dozens of exhibitors, and six of the best keynote speakers in the industry.

The conference begins a week from today, and continues through May 30.  The venue this year is the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, located in downtown Boston, just a block from the historic Common.

Registration begins at just $275 for members for two days and is $345 for the full conference.  To attend, either register online or download, complete, and fax/email the brochure.

Highlights this year include:

  • Separate tracks for Home Health & Reform, Clinical Compliance, Management/HR, Finance & Technology, and Private Duty;
  • Keynote addresses from Karen Dillon, Jeannee Parker Martin, Richard Lopez, Michael Chernew, and Kathy Duckett;
  • Nearly 70 exhibitors including medical suppliers, software vendors, telephone services, and insurance providers.

Don’t forget to follow the conference’s tweet @NEHCCTS.  Besides having the latest updates on the conference — both before and during the conference, we’ll also be running contents through the account.

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Register for the New England Home Care Conference May 28 – 30!

April 1, 2014

Join colleagues from throughout the region for the best home health event of the year! Come to the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston for the 4th annual New England Home Care Conference & Trade Show on May 28, 29 and 30. It will feature fabulous keynoters, dozens of informative workshops and 2-hour intensives that will give you new ideas and insight to take back to your agency.

To register, you may either download the conference brochure or register online.

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