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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Home Care’s Part in the CMS Bundled Payment Program for Cardiac Care

August 15, 2016

Though no final announcements on participants have been made, several areas of Massachusetts were declared “eligible” by CMS for random selection of nearly 100 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) across the country for a new innovation initiative that offers bundled payment for cardiac care.

CMS released the proposed rule on July 25th where the hospital in which a patient is admitted for care for a heart attack, bypass surgery, or surgical hip/femur fracture treatment would be accountable for the cost and quality of care provided to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries during the inpatient stay and for 90 days after discharge.

As with many similar alternative payment programs, established quality metrics would help determine whether the hospital would be required to pay Medicare for poor performance or receive reward payments for higher-quality care. CMS chose July 2017 to March 2018 as the “performance year” and then a gradual increase in the gains and downside risk for hospitals beginning at 5 percent in 2018 and capped at 20 percent in 2020-2021.

CMS is encouraging collaboration with other providers, including home health care and other post-acute providers. Equally important are a list of waivers this program will grant relative to the provision of post-acute care. Some notable highlights are listed below, with explanatory excerpts from the proposed rule, but the full list of waivers can be found in the proposed rule under “Subpart G” on page 885.

  • Waiver of direct supervision requirement for certain post-discharge home visits:
    • “CMS waives the requirement in  § 410.26(b)(5) of this chapter that services and supplies furnished incident to a physician’s service must be furnished under the direct supervision of the physician (or other practitioner) to permit home visits as specified in this section.  The services furnished under this waiver are not considered to be “hospital services,” even when furnished by the clinical staff of the hospital.”
  • Waiver of certain telehealth requirements:
    • “Except for the geographic site requirements for a face – to – face encounter for home health certification, CMS waives the  geographic site requirements of sec tion 1834(m)(4)(C)(i)(I) through (III) of the Act for episodes  being tested in an EPM, but only for services that  (1)  May be furnished via telehealth under existing requirements; and (2)  Are included in the episode in accordance with  § 512.210”
    • The Alliance is researching whether this is restricted to physicians performing telehealth or whether home health agencies would be allowed to engage in remote patient monitoring.
  • Waiver of the SNF 3-day rule
    • Only applies to the AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarction) model.

There is a 60-day public comment period and it is unlikely that the participating MSAs will be revealed before the final rule, but the “eligible” areas in Massachusetts are included below:

  • Barnstable Town, MA
  • Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
  • Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

Based on CMS’ selection criteria, the Pittsfield and Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Areas are “excluded” from selection eligibility.

Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.

 


HCA Breaks Down MassHealth 1115 Waiver Proposal

June 29, 2016

Months of stakeholder meetings and public engagement by MassHealth has resulted in a long-awaited draft proposal that aims to completely restructure the state’s Medicaid program.

Known as the Section 1115 Waiver, the 90-plus page document outlines a possible multi-year agreement  with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The focus of the proposal is a move towards accountable care organizations (ACOs) and alternative payments while better addressing the needs of MassHealth members and putting in place a financially sustainable system of health care and support services.

Before the agreement can be made with CMS, however, there is a public comment period that runs until July 17th. The Home Care Alliance created a breakdown of the proposal so that members and advocates can better understand the key provisions.

MassHealth also provided a more basic fact sheet available on their 1115 Waiver Proposal webpage that also includes the full document and slide decks from previous public meetings.

The proposal attempts to seize an opportunity for new funding streams to support the creation of three types of ACOs that are required to partner with existing providers of behavioral health (BH) and long-term services and supports (LTSS). The state aims to rearrange provider and managed care relationships to set forth a better coordinated and integrated set of networks.

The first “pilot ACOs” are expected by MassHealth to come online later in 2016, while the full roll-out of the three ACO models, enhanced funding, and BH/LTSS integration will take place in October 2017.

The Alliance was appointed to several of the MassHealth stakeholder groups and plans to submit comments on the proposal on behalf of home care.

Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.

 


2016 “Our Time to Shine” Innovation & Star Awards a Success!

June 16, 2016

HCA-assets(1)The Home Care Alliance of MA hosted their Annual “Our Time to Shine” event on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, MA. With 10 Star Award winners, 3 Innovation winners, and over 150 in attendance it was a great day to celebrate home care!

*Preview just some of the pictures for the event below. More photos to come!*

Congratulations to our winners:

 

Clinicians of the Year:
Anne Luippold, RN, BSN, ONC, Salmon VNA & Hospice, Milford
Michelle Michaud, RN, Circle Home Care, Lowell
Mary NDegwa, RN, Comfort Home Care, Methuen

Aide of the Year:
Jane Rizza, Home Care Inc., (Home Health VNA), Westwood

Leadership & Collaboration Award:
Roxanna Harper & Jo Ann Wagner, Baystate VNA & Hospice, Springfield

Manager of the Year:
Darlene Connolly, RN, Steward Home Care, Lawrence

Physician of the Year:
Dr. David Green, Emerson Hospital Home Care, Concord

Legislator of the Year:
Senator Barbara L’Italien, D-Andover

Home Care Champion:
Meg Doherty, NVNA & Hospice, Norwell

Innovation in Staff Development:
Comfort Home Care, Psychiatric Nursing Board Certification Program

Innovation in Patient Care Deliver:
Partners Health Care at Home, Mobile Observation Unit

Commitment to an Innovation Culture:
South Shore Hospital Home Care Department, The MakerNurse Project

Here’s just a preview of pictures from this great event!


Health Care Innovation Grant Opportunity Released by HPC

March 7, 2016

After months of planning, the state’s Health Policy Commission has released the RFP for their Health Care Innovation Investment Program (HCII).

An initial round of $5 million will be distributed to applicants that partner with other organizations to propose innovative, multi-stakeholder payment and care delivery models with an emerging evidence base of cost savings. Among the focus areas are post-acute care, end-of-life care, behavioral health integration and social determinants of health.

Since this is being administered by the HPC, aside from the benefit of getting a grant any successful applicants will have the added benefit of having their project be high-profile and also a higher likelihood of influencing policy for others.

The HPC has posted the following schedule for due dates and information sessions:

  • Information Sessions:  

    March 16, 2016 – 10:45 AM, HPC Offices

    March 25, 2016 – 10:45 AM – Webinar (Register Here)

  • Letter Of Intent Due Date: April 8, 2016 by 3:00 PM EDT
  • Proposal Due Date: May 13, 2016 by 3:00 PM EDT
  • Anticipated Awardee Announcements: July 2016
  • Anticipated Period of Performance: October 2016 to September 2018

The Home Care Alliance strongly encourages both home health care and private pay home care agencies to apply. More information is available on the HPC’s HCII webpage and any questions or guidance on the program can be directed to James Fuccione at the Alliance.

Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.


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.”


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