CMS Resources on Strengthening the Direct Service Workforce

Direct service workers provide essential supports to older adults and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and behavioral health needs.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the release of an online training course and a series of resources that offer strategies and information on self-direction, strengthening the…

NAHC to Congress: Invest in the Direct Care Workforce

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has written to congressional leaders, urging them to include workforce investments and permanent extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Program (MFP) and Spousal Impoverishment Protections in the next legislative package. The direct care workforce supporting older adults and people with disabilities in all settings has…

22 States Urge Biden Admin to Repeal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

A group of 22 states is asking the Biden administration to withdraw the mandate requiring health care workers in any Medicare and Medicaid-funded facilities be vaccinated against COVID-19. The 39-page petition from the group, led by Austin Knudsen, the Attorney General of Montana, asks the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the…

89% of US Department of Labor Investigations Revealed Violations

As the nation recognizes Home Care and Hospice Month, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) presented a public webinar aimed primarily at the Southeast care industry so that employers and employees alike understand their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An alarming 89 percent of investigations completed between 2020 and…

Wages Rise for Home Based Care Workers

Turnover rate still high, but falling Wages for care at home workers are rising and using signing bonuses to attract new workers is increasingly common, according to the latest Home Care Salary & Benefits report from Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service, which is published in cooperation with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). The…

Webinar: 2022 Workforce Data Study Overview

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 2:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM CT REGISTER With nearly 5 million direct care workers, this workforce is the largest workforce in the United States. Despite the high demand for caregivers, who provide essential services for older adults and people with disabilities- too few people are entering the profession, workers are leaving in…

Webinar: 2022 Workforce Data Study Overview

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 2:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM CT REGISTER With nearly 5 million direct care workers, this workforce is the largest workforce in the United States. Despite the high demand for caregivers, who provide essential services for older adults and people with disabilities- too few people are entering the profession, workers are leaving in…

5 Critical Problems the Home-Based Care Industry is Facing

Kristen Wheeler, Executive Director of Private Duty at NAHC, shares some of the most common issues in the industry and what providers need to focus on to create long-term career for their employees. Question #1: What are the five critical issues issues affecting the care industry. Question #2: When we combine these 5 problems, how are…

The State of the Direct Care Workforce Study Reveals New Insight to Recruit & Retain Care Workers

NAHC and MissionCare Collective (MCC) analyzed 67,000+ direct care workers to better understand the people delivering care across the United States Amid a national shortage of home-care workers that deepened during the covid-19 pandemic, a new study unveils fresh insights to increase workforce capacity and reduce turnover. The State of The Direct Care Workforce Study,…

New Independent Contractor Test Increases Risk of Independent Contractor Misclassification in the Home-Based Care Industry

By Angelo Spinola & Matthew Kapsak of Polsinelli The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) is about to issue a Proposed Rule that will have a significant impact on the test used to determine whether someone is an independent contractor or an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The Proposed Rule, if adopted, will…