James Fuccione, former Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the Home Care Alliance, was extensively quoted in an article in the Springfield Republican today. The article, “Personal care attendants have less training, checks than other home care workers,” by Shira Schoenberg, Statehouse reporter for the Republican, compares background checks and training requirements for workers in the state Personal Care Attendant program with workers employed by home care agencies that provide services under the Executive Office of Elder Affairs home care program.
The Home Care Alliance of MA would like to thank the over 85 participants who took to the 2-day intensive Blueprint for OASIS training as well as a special congratulations to the 54 participants that took the OASIS COS-C certification exam last week on Wednesday, March 16th in Milford, MA.
Although OASIS is a high demand training, especially with the benefits to Value Based Purchasing, there is still a large cost associated with putting the training on. HCA would like to hold another training in the fall for members, around roughly November, however, we need to know if members would be interested in attending. With that, whether you are interested or not, the association would greatly appreciate it if you could take this very quick survey with your thoughts.
Your feedback is very valuable to us!
For any questions please feel free to contact Megan Fournier at email@example.com or 617-482-8830.
In response to community need and member interest, HCA will launch in January 2016 a twelve-month training program for home health agencies interested in creating and sustaining a program to provide behavioral health services under the Medicare home health benefit. Based on work originally piloted at the VNS of New York, this project will provide learning and tools to put in place both the clinical competencies and administrative infrastructure. The project will feature onsite clinical training for at least five nurses per participant agency as well as diagnosis specific care guide and implementation manuals.
The objectives of this training are as follows:
• Learn how to provide Behavioral Health Home Care and get staff trained.
• Allow your agency to provide Behavioral Health Home Care during the year of the project
• Improve patients care for clients with mental health conditions
• Improve overall patient outcomes, including re-hospitalization, ER utilization and compliance.
• Enhance your position in your service area, provide a new Niche of care and grow revenue.
For additional information, see the Behavioral Health Brochure, or view this recorded webinar*. Agencies interested in participating in the project should contact Megan Fournier at firstname.lastname@example.org for contracting information.
*View webinar handouts here