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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Advocacy Alert: Out-of-State MD Orders Legislation

October 18, 2013

A state legislative priority of the Home Care Alliance will be considered by the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health at their hearing on October 29th in hearing room B-1 of the State House.

The bill is S.1042, An Act to allow out-of-state physicians to order home care in the Commonwealth, and would allow an out-of-state physician in a bordering state to order home care services for a resident of Massachusetts.

Under the bill, the out-of-state physician will not be required to obtain a license form the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. However, the Massachusetts home health agency will obtain and keep documentation that the out-of-state physician’s license is in good standing. The home health referral must also be the result of an in-person examination. The legislation is intended to remove a significant barrier to home based services by increasing access to physicians and specialists for residents living on or near a border with a neighboring state, those with vacation homes in other states, and those traveling in other states.

Any agencies or advocates interested in submitting written comments or testifying in person can contact James Fuccione at HCA.

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HCA Sets Improved State Policy Agenda

January 18, 2013

With a new two-year state legislative session, the Home Care Alliance has set an improved policy agenda that would strengthen the industry and asks for assistance from member agencies and fellow advocates in gathering legislative support.

boston-statehouseThe Alliance’s legislative priorities include re-filed items like the “Nurse Delegation” bill, which would allow visiting nurses to delegate certain medication administration tasks to home health and hospice aides in the home setting only. New items include establishing a “certificate of need” process for certified home health care and a state program allowing cities to grant parking leniency to clinicians visiting patients in those communities.
HCA members, friends, and advocates can assist our mission by contacting their local state senators and state representatives and ask that they cosponsor these bills. If you are unsure who represents your agency or place of residence, please visit www.wheredoivotema.com and type in your address, or contact James Fuccione at the Alliance.

 
Over the coming weeks, HCA will be alerting members about bills filed by other organizations and interest groups and will be asked to weigh in. The Alliance will, of course, continue to monitor and provide updates on the state’s health care payment reform law as it is implemented. Alliance staff and several member agencies sit on key boards, commissions and advisory groups and important information will be provided as it becomes available on those issues.

For more on HCA’s legislative priorities and how you can help, contact James Fuccione at the Alliance.

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November is National Home Care Month – Help Us Celebrate!

November 1, 2012

Join the Home Care Alliance in celebrating National Home Care Month throughout November by visiting our new webpage www.thinkhomecare.org/homecaremonth.

On that site, the Alliance has posted materials to help home care agencies and advocates celebrate and raise awareness. There are templates for a press release, op-ed’s, and letters to the editor that can be sent to local media as well as downloadable posters that can be posted in your office and community.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter where the Alliance will be posting a “Home Care Fact of the Day” each day in November, along with other important news and updates. We have 142 “Likes” and are aiming to get to 150 and beyond!

HCA has plenty of educational and training events in November so please be sure to check our busy calendar of events this month.

Finally, our radio campaign in partnership with WGBH is still ongoing so stay tuned to 89.7 FM or Classical New England (99.5 FM) to hear great sponsorships from HCA members.

For more info on how to celebrate and raise awareness, or if you would like assistance with the press materials, please contact James Fuccione at the Alliance.

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New Website Created on State Health Care Payment Law Implementation

September 28, 2012

The state has announced a new web page on Mass.gov that will serve as a clearinghouse for information as the state implements the new health care cost containment law signed by Governor Patrick in August.

The site will host important announcements about the new law as well as information on Grants & Demonstrations,Stakeholder Meetings andBoards, Commissions & Task Forces. 

Thanks to the advocacy efforts of the Home Care Alliance, the association has been given the authority to name members on the “Task Force Related to Behavioral, Substance Use Disorder, and Mental Health Treatment”  as Governor Deval Patrick, joined by Secretary Jay Gonzalez, Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, Rep. Steven Walsh, Rep. Ronald Mariano,  Attorney General Martha Coakley, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, signs the health care cost containment bill in Nurses' Hall. well as the “Commission to Review Public Payer Reimbursement Rates.”

The website also announces meetings to inform stakeholders of progress and potential opportunities related to the new law so those interested are encouraged to check the site regularly and stay tuned to our blog for other important updates.

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Healthcare Bill Summary

August 2, 2012

The MA legislature shifted into overdrive during the last few days of the 2011/2012 legislative session, which ended on July 31. Healthcare cost containment was among the major pieces of legislation that were approved during the last days of the session, and several provisions of the bill have significant impacts on home care providers.

Section 142 of the bill will significantly ease the burden of the Fair Share Contribution (FSC) requirement that employers offer health insurance to their workers. Under this section, any employees that have health insurance through a spouse’s coverage, military, disability, or Medicare will not be included in the calculation of an employer’s compliance with the FSC mandate. This change should be a relief to many home care agencies. Section 51 of the bill establishes appeal processes for employers faced with a FSC audit.

The bill also includes a number of provisions related to home health’s role within Accountable Care Organizations and names the Alliance to a couple of new advisory panels.

The Alliance has prepared a more detailed summary of the bill’s provisions: http://www.thinkhomecare.org/associations/1892/files/HealthcareCostContainmentSummary.pdf.


How does Massachusetts Compare to National Results from HHCAHPS?

April 25, 2012

Results from the CMS national survey, Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) Survey, that asks patients about their experiences with Medicare-certified home health agencies, are now available on Quality Care Finder website.

Massachusetts scored better or the same compared to national results for 4 out of 5 survey items. “Percent of patients who reported that their home health team gave care in a professional way” was the survey result where Massachusetts scored 1% less than the national level. See how specific agencies in your local area compare to the state and national results.

HHCAHPS will be updated every four months with new survey data and will complement the clinical measures available on the “Home Health Compare” website. This survey collects feedback on topics that patients have identified as important to them in determining which home health agencies provide high-quality care. Ratings include an overall rating of home health care and a patient’s willingness to recommend the agency to someone else.

For more information on the survey, visit https://homehealthcahps.org.

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