NAHC Fights for Rural Home Care & Hospice at Senate Hearing

NAHC President William A. Dombi told the Senate Special Committee on Aging on Wednesday, February 12th, that while the “Medicare home health benefit is well managed,” it needs to be modernized to improve access to quality care in the home for all Americans, especially those living in rural areas. Committee chair Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)…

White House Proclamation on Immigrants Could Limit Home Care Workforce

On Friday, October 4th, President Trump issued a Proclamation outlining new guidance for the handling of immigrant visa applications. Starting November 3, 2019 the new requirement will mandate that immigrant visa applications be rejected if the government determines the immigrant in question will not be able to afford health insurance or cover the cost of their…

Abuse of Home Care Aides is a Serious Problem

Attracting and retaining qualified and enthusiastic workers is a major problem in home care and that problem is made far worse because so many home care aides face abuse – verbal or worse – from patients or patients’ families, according to a new report published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Journal. Almost one in four…

How Can America Create the Home Care Workforce to Meet Growing Needs?

We are going to need more data and better policies Over two million people in the United States work as personal care aides and another 800,000 work as home health aides, both occupations among the fastest-growing in America and anticipated to grow more than 40 percent between 2016 and 2026. Most long-term care services involve…

Home Health News Roundup: Paramedics Making Home Visits, Upskilling Your Workers, and more!

A Sacramento Bee article outlining health care legislation in the California state legislature notes SB 944 would expand paramedic services under health care worker supervision: Firefighter paramedics could perform services such as home visits, tuberculosis therapy and transportation to mental health or sobering centers rather than to emergency rooms. Opponents of the bill, mainly nurses’…

What is the Home Care Workforce?

The home care workforce doubled from 2007 to 2017 to meet the rising demand for care in the home due to the “Silver Tsunami” of 10,000 people turning 65 ever day and the long-overdue, but still unfinished shift of resources from institutional settings to home-and-community-based settings. Over 2.1 million home care workers provide health care…

NAHC Concerned Proposed Immigration Rule Could Harm Home Care

NAHC has filed comments with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on a proposed regulation to make it more difficult for people deemed likely to use public benefits like Medicaid or food stamps to enter the United States legally and earn a green card. The proposed draft regulation would change how the federal government evaluates…

Don’t Miss this NAHC Webinar on Innovations in Recruitment and Retention

As NAHC Report has been pointing out for some time, the demand for caregivers in the home health care industry is robust, but difficulty finding qualified employees remains the single biggest challenge for companies wanting to hire more staff. Detailed studies of the industry support this. A shortage of caregivers is a major problem facing…

Are Immigrants the Solution to America’s Silver Tsunami?

The retiring of the massive, 78-million-strong baby boomer generation – something that has already begun – will be one of the most important demographic happenings in American history, with far-reaching consequences for budgets and health care. A recent article in Politico raised again an issue that appeared in NAHC Report over the summer – the…