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HCAOA WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
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The HCAOA Weekly is a brief update that will be distributed to HCAOA members each week. This communication complements our quarterly newsletter, The Voice, and will provide a vehicle for ensuring a regular flow of information on a more frequent basis. With ever evolving information in the home care industry, we want to ensure the lines of communication remain open and members have a source for quick, valuable news at their fingertips.
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Member News

Chapter News

Congressional Update

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Member News

Credentialing Process in Senior Care Communities – Tell Us About Your Experience

 
Senior care communities across the country are contracting with companies like Accushield to manage sign-in compliance and vendor credentialing for care providers who work in these settings. The practice of credentialing caregivers that come into assisted living and retirement homes may be inappropriately applied to caregivers employed by HCAOA member companies who are providing services to clients in these facilities. We consider this an unnecessary nuisance at the very least, but also could be costly and raises a serious concern if the process is interfering with a client’s access to quality home care services.

We previously asked members to inform us of any similar experiences with Accushield or another company. We are still hearing concerns about this issue, so please contact info@hcaoa.org if you would like to provide details of your experience.

Survey for the 2018 Home Care Benchmarking Study

In partnership with Home Care Pulse®, HCAOA is proud to invite all home care providers to participate in the annual survey to contribute data to the 2018 Home Care Benchmarking Study. By participating, you will receive a discount code upon completing the survey, which you can use to pre-order the 2018 Home Care Benchmarking Study for just $99.

The survey opens on February 1 and will close on February 28. To participate, download the Survey Prep Worksheet to help you gather and organize the necessary information. With a completed Survey Prep Worksheet, the survey can be taken in about 30 minutes. 

This study continues to deliver the most comprehensive U.S. home care industry data available to current and potential home care providers. Your participation helps contribute to the greater depth of insight and understanding that this study provides. To learn more about participation and rewards, visit benchmarking.homecarepulse.com/participate.

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Chapter News

HCAOA Florida: Legislative Day

HCAOA Florida will be hosting a Legislative Day in Tallahassee. Please join us for this opportunity to interact with our Florida legislative representatives!
 
When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Where: Comfort Suites Tallahassee | 1026 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 
 
Please note: Hotel reservations should be made immediately.
 
Prior to this event, please join us at the following meeting to discuss our Legislative Day talking points:
 
When: Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Where: Backwoods Bistro | 401 E Tennessee St. | Tallahassee, FL | 850-320-6345
 
Each attendee is encouraged to call the representatives in your service area and schedule appointments to meet with them on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. We are also working to set up meetings with committee chairmen for the bills that we are concerned with this legislative session.
  • The first bill on which we are focused will expand the scope of hospice and allow them to include private duty services without obtaining a home health agency license or become a nurse registry.
  • The second bill will allow local governments (city and county) to set up registries for home care providers. This will result in more expenses for our caregivers and potentially provide unions with access to our caregiver pool. 
Click HERE to register!

HCAOA Illinois: January Membership Meeting a Huge Success!

(From Left to Right: Katie Fielmann, HCAOA IL Chair; Mike O’Brien, HCAOA IL Legislative Committee Member; Shannon Rapp, Owner of BlueSky Home Care; and David Eggering, HCAOA IL Membership Chair)
HCAOA Illinois held a special membership meeting yesterday, January 16. The meeting took place at the Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst, IL. Over 80 people were in attendance, more than half of whom were potential new members! The meeting ran from about 9:30am to 12:30pm, opening with a networking session, as well as an introduction from each attendee.
 
HCAOA IL Chapter Chair, Katie Fielmann began by welcoming everyone and thanking them for coming out, despite the bad weather. A brief history of the Home Care Association of America (formerly known as the National Private Duty Association), was provided by one of the founding members, Sheila McMackin. HCAOA Executive Director, Phil Bongiorno was also in attendance. Bongiorno delivered a report on HCAOA goals, including advocacy at the federal and state levels, increasing public awareness and focusing on the future of home care.
 
Mike O’Brien and Karen Stephenson of the chapter Legislative Committee presented a legislative history overview, as it relates to the home care industry in Illinois. Stephenson also discussed the two bills that the chapter was able to pass during 2017: the Employee Misclassification Referral System Act and Home Health Agencies Referrals.
 
Shannon Rapp, HCAOA Illinois member and owner of BlueSky Home Care, provided a testimonial about the importance of being a member of her state chapter. Membership Chair, Dave Eggering closed the meeting by highlighting member benefits and encouraging non-members to join HCAOA.
Congressional Update

Government Shutdown Possible This Week

 
A shutdown of the federal government is possible this Friday, if Congress and the White House cannot reach an agreement on how to deal with immigration issues. Last week, President Donald Trump rejected a bipartisan proposal to permanently extend the Dreamers’ protections from deportation under the Deferred Action from Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration initiative that Trump ordered to end by March.
 
If House Republicans remain united, it would be up to Senate Democrats to decide whether to block a vote in their chamber on a short-term CR – risking a government shutdown – to force action on the Dreamers and other demands. Members of the House Freedom Caucus, led by members including Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), have indicated they may not vote for the temporary spending bill.  
 
Part of the bipartisan compromise on DACA would have addressed the temporary immigration status of Salvadorans and Haitians. On Jan. 8, the Trump Administration indicated it would end the temporary immigration status of some 200,000 Salvadorans who have been in the U.S. (http://bit.ly/2m8hCuH)

Medicaid Guidance Promotes Work Requirements

 
On Jan. 11, the Trump Administration issued a new guidance that will allow states to implement work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients, for the first time in the program’s history. Under the new policy issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), states can apply for waivers that would allow them to require able-bodied adults to obtain a job, enroll in job training or education programs, or volunteer as a condition to continue receiving Medicaid benefits.

On Jan. 12, Kentucky’s waiver for Medicaid work requirements was approved by CMS, making it the first time in history such reforms have been enacted. (http://bit.ly/2EuNfWX)
Congressional Corner

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)

 
In just his third term in Congress, Mark Meadows is the leading voice for conservatism in the House, having risen in the 115th Congress to chairman of the House Freedom Caucus – a group of about 40 Republican hardliners that eschew any capitulation to minority Democrats and are strict adherents to free-market, small-government principles.
 
The group formed in 2015, declaring that the much larger Republican Study Committee had become too big and too conciliatory toward the party’s leadership, and a smaller, more focused group would be better able to advance bedrock conservative principles.
Meadows was born in France, where his father was stationed in the Army and his mother was a civilian nurse at the base hospital in Verdun during the Vietnam War. They later moved to Tampa, Florida, where his father was a draftsman and his mother a surgical nurse.
 
Meadows earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at the University of South Florida. He worked at Tampa Electric for several years, then in 1986 moved with his wife to the mountains of western North Carolina.

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