Private Duty Home Care at NAHC Extends our Congratulations to our Newest Certified Agencies!

In October of 2020, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice unveiled its new Private Duty Home Care Certification Program, and we are excited and delighted to extend our congratulations to five newly certified agencies!

This program is the only national certification created by private duty leaders, exclusively for the private duty community. Certification offers providers the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to quality and service delivery excellence through formal certification and requires each agency location to conduct a comprehensive examination relating to nineteen (19) separate but interrelated aspects of business and operations providing documentation and an attestation statement showing adherence to all Certification program standards in each category in order to achieve the distinction.

NAHC Private Duty Home Care Certification
List of Certified Agencies

Angel Visiting Hands, LLC
Caring Senior Service, LP– San Antonio
Connecticut Nursing Services
La Jolla Nurses Homecare
Roswell Home Care

The NAHC Private Duty Home care standards of certification were developed by private duty home care industry leaders. Many of these leaders serve on the NAHC Private Duty Home Care Advisory Board, Advocacy Council, and NAHC Board of Directors. In addition, the NAHC Private Duty Home Care Certification Program has been modeled after elements within the NAHC Private Duty Accreditation program, and successful state certification programs in Massachusetts and California developed by The California Association for Health Services at Home and the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.

Congratulations to those newly certified and we look forward to welcoming additional agencies in the near future!

To learn more about how your agency can become certified please visit: https://www.nahc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Certification-Program-Overview_Nov2020.pdf

Or contact PDCertification@nahc.org.

Connect with the Private Duty Community on Your New Discussion Board

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is excited to share with you our newest member benefit, the Private Duty Home Care at NAHC Discussion Forum.

We are always looking for new ways to help our members to meaningfully connect with one another. The new discussion form is an online space designed to improve communication opportunities among peers within the private duty home care community. This forum offers a way for individuals to exchange ideas and best practices, pose questions, and easily connect private duty home care leaders across the nation.

Visit the new Discussion Forum HERE

The email address is privateduty@discussion.nahc.org

*You will need your member login information in order to access the discussion forum. If you need assistance or have misplaced your login credentials, please contact membership@nahc.org.

One of the cornerstones of Private Duty Home Care at NAHC is our ability to cultivate opportunities for seasoned, expert, and emerging leaders in our member community to engage with one another and share knowledge to serve as a catalyst for growth and unity in private duty home care, ultimately to elevate quality care delivery in the home. We believe that our newly formed exclusive private duty home care discussion board is a small step in towards meeting that goal.

HHS Announces Provider Relief Fund Reporting Update

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced on Friday, January 15, that it will be amend the reporting timeline for the Provider Relief Fund Program (PRF) due to the recent passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Consequently, PRF recipients will now be required to submit their reporting requirements on their use of these funds later than previously announced.

Starting today, however, PRF recipients may begin registering for gateway access to the Reporting Portal where they will ultimately submit their information in compliance with the new reporting requirements HHS is issuing.

The PRF Reporting Portal is now open for registration and is available here: https://prfreporting.hrsa.gov/s/

The updated reporting requirements are HERE.

A redline comparing the updated reporting requirements to the November 2020 version is HERE.

Reporting Portal Update & Registration Launch

Beginning last summer, HHS began outlining comprehensive reporting instructions that would apply to recipients of PRF funds that received payments exceeding $10,000 in aggregate. HHS previously planned to open the Reporting Portal based on this previously released information by January 15, 2021, with the first deadline for submissions on February 15, 2021. In late December, however, Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which added another $3 billion in funding to the PRF program and included language specific to reporting requirements. HHS has been working to update the PRF reporting requirements to be consistent with this new law. HHS wanted to give recipients ample time to familiarize themselves with the updated reporting requirements well in advance of required submission deadlines.

HHS is encouraging all PRF recipients that have received aggregate PRF payments that exceed $10,000 to establish a reporting account by registering at the newly enabled PRF reporting website.

The reporting requirements released today do not apply to funds from: Nursing Home Infection Control, Rural Health Clinics Testing, and COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing, Treatment and Vaccine Administration for the Uninsured recipients. While there is currently no deadline for providers to establish a reporting account in the newly enabled Reporting Portal, all providers will be required to complete this first step in order to advance and fulfill their reporting requirements once HHS announces the new deadline to do so. Provider support and call center resources are currently limited but will be more available to answer providers’ questions once the second phase for reporting submissions is announced.

More information about the new reporting requirements and portal registration can be found here.

Latest Payments:

As of the week of January 11, HHS has made the following total payments through both the General and Targeted Distributions of the PRF program:

  • $116,956,445,191 in payments to 644,091 provider TINs.
  • Of these payments, 403,235 providers (unique TINs) have attested to the Terms and Conditions for $101,933,833,186 in payments. A listing of PRF distributions to providers that have accepted the Terms and Conditions can be found here.

As of January 13, 2021, HHS has made COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing and Treatment of the Uninsured payments to 30,074 providers including:

  • Testing claims: $1,455,529,631
  • Treatment claims: $1,557,659,437

A listing of health care entities that have agreed to the Terms and Conditions and received claims reimbursement can be found here.

For more information on the Provider Relief Fund Program, visit hhs.gov/providerrelief.

The Best Private Duty Education is at the Winter Leadership Summit

With all the focus on Medicare home care agencies, quality and timely education for private duty home care operators can be hard to find. The good news is that Private Duty Home Care at NAHC has created the best private duty education you will find anywhere in 2021, thanks to an all-star faculty known and trusted across the industry for their unparalleled expertise and experience.

The 2021 Winter Leadership Summit, on February 23rd, will feature six live education sessions, including our keynote speaker Merrick Rosenberg, whose thought-provoking and engaging presentation, The Power of Personality, will teach you to quickly adapt and connect and communicate with others like a pro. Read more.

The Summit also includes five pre-recorded education sessions created specifically for this conference, which you can view at your convenience.

The live education topics are:

  • Bringing the Hospital Home with Private Duty Home Care
  • 5 Best Practices for Caregiver Mentoring: The Secrets to Employee Retention 2021
  • How to Promote a Culture of Innovation
  • Private Duty Home Care: Operations Best Practices Expert Panel Discussion
  • Advocacy & Legal Updates & 2021 Predications

The pre-recorded education topics are:

  • “Turning the Tables on Turnover: Using Inside-Out Branding to Reduce Turnover and Consistently WOW Clients”
  • “The Secret to Dementia Care in Private Duty Home Care”
  • The New Operations Toolkit” (Supporting Best Practices Around Infection Prevention and Employee Safety)
  • “Creating Value Through Predictive Analytics to Improve Health Outcomes and Drive New Revenue”
  • Homecare Technology and a New Connected Remote Workforce”

Education topics are subject to change. All education sessions, live or pre-recorded, will be available to be viewed after the conference is over, so if your schedule is busy on February 23, don’t worry, you don’t need to miss a thing.

Future articles in the Private Duty Source will focus on the incredible faculty assembled for the Winter Leadership Summit, industry veterans who know how to put your business in a position to succeed tomorrow and long into the future. The Winter Leadership Summit will be the premier event for private duty home care professionals in 2021 and we look forward to you joining us at this virtual conference.

REGISTER NOW!

Registration Fees
Members: $99
Non-members: $149*

The Best Private Duty Education is at the Winter Leadership Summit

February 23, 2021 REGISTER NOW! With all the focus on Medicare home care agencies, quality and timely education for private duty home care operators can be hard to find. The good news is that Private Duty Home Care at NAHC has created the best private duty education you will find anywhere in 2021, thanks to…

Infection Prevention & Control Update: Safely Providing In-Home Care to Patients

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 ; 1:00-2:30pm Eastern REGISTER Free to members! While waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine, the number of new COVID-19 infections continue to surge. Home care and hospice clinicians must keep their infection prevention and control knowledge and skills current while caring for patients with COVID-19 in the home. Review the latest infection…

Lead the Future of Private Duty Home Care: Serve on NAHC’s PD Advisory Council

  • Apply here!
  • All applications due by Friday, January 15, 2021!

In February 2021, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will select members to serve on committees and advisory councils for 2021. Committee appointments are for one year, subject to reappointment from year to year. Advisory Council terms vary depending on each Council’s guidelines.

Private Duty Home Care Advisory Council:  Created to render more focused support services to the expanding non-Medicare and private pay home care industry. Areas of focus are advocacy, education, networking, and providing needed business services.

Committee and advisory council applications must be no later than Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

If you have any questions about submitting your application please contact, Raul Suarez, Executive Liaison, at rsuarez@nahc.org

Members interested in serving should complete and return the committee or advisory council application as soon as possible. Remember to indicate the committee or advisory council to which you are applying (please include any previous NAHC committee/advisory council experience in your personal statement).

Click here to access the 2021 NAHC Committee and Advisory Council Application

When applying, you should describe your expertise and qualifications for the appointment personal statement that may be typed into the application or uploaded.  Also pleas be sure to include a copy of your current resume. Candidates’ applications will be presented to the NAHC Board of Directors for consideration and appointment. Each candidate will be notified of any appointment in March of 2021.

January 2021 Private Duty Data Point: Tracking Hospital Readmission Rates

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there continues to be a focus on keeping our aging population in the home. As an industry, we’re maturing and need to continue to use solid data when pursing and working with professional referral and payer sources.

In home care in 2021, every agency should be tracking (1) hospital readmissions (2) ER visits (3) client falls (4) Client NPS Scores (5) Caregiver eNPS Scores to not only track outcomes at your agency, but show the value we add to the entire continuum of care.

Additional Resource: Why Your Home Care Agency Needs to Track Hospital Readmission Rates in 2021

Infection Prevention & Control Update: Safely Providing In-Home Care to Patients

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 ; 1:00-2:30pm Eastern
  • REGISTER
  • Free to members!

While waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine, the number of new COVID-19 infections continue to surge. Home care and hospice clinicians must keep their infection prevention and control knowledge and skills current while caring for patients with COVID-19 in the home.

Review the latest infection prevention and control strategies based on the current CDC recommendations and OSHA regulations, and receive practical, best-practice recommendations for preventing the transmission of SARS-COV-2 when caring for a patient in the home. Topics include PPE use/re-use, conservancy, and storage, potential compliance issues, preventing secondary household SARS-CoV-2 transmission, managing equipment, and supplies brought into the home, and more.

Objectives

  • Outline how to reduce the risk of transmitting and being exposed to SARS-CoV-2 when caring for a patient with COVID-19 in the home
  • Describe current CDC recommendations and OSHA regulations for the use and management of PPE in the home
  • Explain best practice recommendations for managing PPE and other supplies when inventory is limited

This webinar is a joint production of NAHC and Home Health Systems, Inc.

Faculty

Mary McGoldrick, MS, RN, CRNI®
Home Care and Hospice Consultant
Home Health Systems, Inc.
Direct: 800-961-7122

Registration Fees

Member: Free
Non-member: $95

Join us at the Private Duty Event of 2021

Join us on February 23, 2021, for our first Winter Leadership Summit, a virtual meeting focused on Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Innovation. This inaugural, one-day educational event is focused on our core service offerings, with content curated and cultivated specifically by and for the private duty home care community.

We are committed to empowering you and your organization through education, by consistently delivering the highest quality services and setting the standard for excellence in practice today and in the future.

With insight and advice from the most trusted and experienced experts in home care, the Winter Leadership Summit will be a must-attend event, featuring critical content you cannot get anywhere else.

Keynote Presentation: The Power of Personality

Merrick Rosenberg

We are excited to announce our keynote speaker is Merrick Rosenberg, whose thought-provoking and engaging presentation, The Power of Personality, will teach you to quickly adapt and connect and communicate with others like a pro. Read more

Registration Fees
Members: $99
Non-members: $149*

REGISTER NOW!

The Leadership Summit will feature seven live educational sessions focused on leadership, advocacy, and innovation. Each live session will be available for attendees on-demand after the event.