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The 2022 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo Annual Conference & Expo is right around the corner and you don’t want to miss out on this chance to attend the premier and largest educational and networking event of the year! Here’s a teaser of what’s on tap for home care providers on opening day:

National Personal Care Workforce Data Study

Join us for the unveiling of a new data study, conducted by NAHC and MissionCare Collective. In partnership with one of the world’s largest data companies, we’ve evaluated 65,000 personal care workers across more than 90 data sources. The analysis includes identification of seven personas of today’s worker and key motivations and drivers to recruit, engage, and retain caregiver talent.

All attendees will receive a copy of the full report!

Private Duty Leaders Fighting for Home Care

  • GO HERE to support the Better Care Better Jobs Act

On Wednesday, September 14, industry leaders from around the country joined NAHC staff in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress to support legislation that would, among other things, permanently increase the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) by 10% for Home-and Community-Based Services (HCBS) through Medicaid programs. The Better Care Better Jobs Act (S. 2210 / HR 4131) would further address patient and caregiver challenges by:

  • Expanding HCBS services to include personal care, family supports, and respite;
  • Annually address and update payment rates for HCBS, giving the public the opportunity for input;
  • Develop workforce training opportunities;
  • Make permanent the Money Follows the Person program

Recent data shows there are nearly five million Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in HCBS programs, with approximately 820,000 individuals on waitlists. NAHC firmly supports a commitment from Congress to invest in HCBS in order for providers to begin to meet the growing demand for quality care in the home.

Click here to contact your elected officials and ask them to support the Better Care Better Jobs Act now!

Notes from the Private Duty Advisory Council

NAHC’s Private Duty Advisory Council monthly meeting, on Wednesday, September 21,  featured an update on NAHC’s advocacy efforts as well as potential policies being monitored from Co-chair Brittnei Salerno of La Jolla Nurses Homecare and Executive Director of Private Duty at NAHC Kristen Wheeler. Included among those are:

  1. S. 2210 /HR 4131Better Care Better Jobs Act
  2. HR 2898Home Care Services for Seniors Act
  3. HR 2954Enhancing American Retirement Act
  4. HR 4826Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
  5. HR 6000CURES 2.0 Act
  6. S. 2562Choose Home Care Act of 2021
  7. HR 5094Nursing Home Workforce Support and Expansion Act of 2021
  8. HR 1909Citizenship for Essential Workers Act

Council member Jeff Salter of Caring Senior Service shared his experience at last week’s Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. NAHC hosted well over of 80 attendees representing 27 states that met in person and virtually with over 150 individual congressional meetings. Further Council discussion included NAHC’s collaborative efforts on the Home Care Workforce Action Alliance, which launches meetings of the four individual workgroups focused on home care aides and nurses next week, as well as NAHC’s upcoming Annual Conference & Expo.

Four Wage and Hour Takeaways for Employers Following Recent Nevada Supreme Court Decision

In a victory for employers in wage and hour class actions, on August 11, 2022, the Nevada Supreme Court affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of HG Staffing, LLC and MEI-GSR Holdings, LLC, d/b/a Grand Sierra Resort.  In Martel v. HG Staffing, LLC, the named representatives in the class action appeal were former employees of the Grand Sierra Resort who alleged violations of Nevada’s minimum wage and overtime laws.  In a unanimous opinion, the Nevada Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s decision and announced rulings on four issues of first impression regarding Nevada’s wage and hour laws.

Read more @ Littler

How Home-Based Care Companies Are Responding To Workforce Challenges

Home-based care providers continue to invest big on recruitment and retention efforts, new survey data suggests.

The survey is the result of a collaboration between the home care technology company AlayaCare, and Home Health Care News. It examines the current staffing climate and what providers are doing in response.

Over 100 home-based care industry professionals participated.

Read more @ Home Health Care News

NAHC Workforce Data Study: 7 Caregiver Personas

NAHC and MissionCare Collective partnered to run a data study on 67K direct care workers, unveiling the seven personas of a caregiver and key considerations to recruit, train, and engage this workforce.

Join Brandi Kurtyka, CEO of MissionCare Collective, and Bill Dombi, President of NAHC for a 1-hour webinar covering the highlights from the study and to learn more about each persona.

The full study will be released during the 2022 NAHC annual conference. All webinar attendees will receive a full copy upon release.

Can’t make it? Register to receive a copy of the study.

CMS Approves Renewal of Vermont’s 1115 Demonstration

On June 28, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a five-and-a-half-year renewal of Vermont’s Global Commitment to Health (Global Commitment) Section 1115 demonstration. The Global Commitment demonstration covers nearly all of Vermont’s Medicaid program; Vermont provides Medicaid services and supports to more than 200,000 Medicaid enrollees—nearly 30 percent of the state’s population.1 In addition to authorizing five home- and community-based services (HCBS) programs and providing flexibility to design and implement innovative payment reform initiatives, the Global Commitment demonstration has permitted several flexibilities that are unique or unusual among states. These flexibilities include the ability to strengthen its health care system and social safety net by using accrued savings to fund a diverse set of “investments” in public health, health care, and health-related services and coverage expansions for Vermonters with disabilities and/or serious mental illness (SMI).

Read more @ Manatt

The Fastest Growing Companies In Home-Based Care

A number of home-based care providers – and businesses in the aging services sector at large – are among some of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. In fact, these companies recently grabbed a spot on Inc. 5000’s annual ranking.

Companies such as connectRN, Entrusted Pediatric Home Care, BarbaraKares In-Home Care Services, Connect Pediatrics and Electronic Caregiver made an appearance in the top half of the list.

One of these companies, connectRN, is a platform meant to aid nurses and other care professionals trying to find work. connectRN has seen 1,472% three-year growth.

Read more @ Home Health Care News

Learnings from the home care community: 100 podcasts later

Two years ago, as the COVID-19 pandemic began, a recurring theme occurred in my local community: questions about caregiving. At my company Enriched Life Home Care Services, we became acutely aware that families and caregivers had to find the resources and information they needed as they embarked on their caregiving journey. As the questions continued and in-person events were not a reality at the time, we jumped in headfirst to start a podcast and YouTube show, All Home Care Matters, as a helpful resource.

Today, not only do we have more than 9 million views on YouTube and over 100,000 downloads and 300,000 uniques per month across platforms, but countless emails and messages from families and various experts throughout the healthcare field, validating the importance of starting this show. Here is what we’ve learned along the way.

Learn more @ McKnight’s Home Care

The need for RPM in home care

Home care is in high demand and that demand will only rise with time. A total of 10,000 people are turning 65 every day, and most of us at some point in time will need assistance with our activities of daily living (ADLs). This is a call to action for home care providers to begin offering a higher caliber of care to their clients and family members. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) may provide the assist that you need.

To back up, better care can only be achieved by offering multiple service lines and specializing in the types of care that are underserved by current home support solutions. There is so much competition; it will be difficult for others to survive without pushing the boundaries of what excellent service and care mean.

Read more @ McKnight’s Home Care