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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

HCAOA Honors Black History Month

HCAOA is proud to represent caregivers from such a diverse group of cultures and backgrounds. In honor of Black History Month, we would like to take a moment to celebrate the achievements of all African Americans – including those who selflessly contribute to the home care industry. While the central role African Americans have played in our country’s history is recognized in February, we celebrate what this month stands for on a daily basis.

HCAOA Welcomes ComForCare as its Newest Corporate Member

HCAOA is excited to announce ComForCare Health Care Holdings, LLC as our newest member of the HCAOA Corporate Membership Program.  ComForCare Health Care Holdings, LLC is a parent company to the premier franchisor of in-home care committed to helping older adults live independently in their own homes and live their best lives possible. The organization has 200 independently owned and operated locations in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and operates as At Your Side Home Care in the Houston area. Additionally, the parent company recently acquired CarePatrol Franchising Systems, LLC – the nation’s largest franchisor of senior placement services. CarePatrol helps families find safer options for their loved ones including assisted living, independent living, memory care, in-home care and skilled nursing facilities.
 
“We’re honored to be part of an organization whose guiding principles align with our mission to help people – whether clients, caregivers or franchise owners – live their best lives possible,” said Steve Greenbaum, CEO, ComForCare Health Care Holdings, LLC. “As advocates and leaders in this growing industry, we will work together to champion high quality in-home care across the country.”  Phil Bongiorno, Executive Director of HCAOA stated, “We are excited to welcome ComForCare into our Corporate Membership Program. We look forward reaching out to all ComForCare franchise owners about how they can take full advantage of HCAOA membership!”

Now Available! 2018 HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference Sponsorship Prospectus

Made up of over 2,700 business owners from communities across the country, HCAOA members represent millions of dollars in purchasing power each year. If you are a company that serves the home care market, you don't want to miss the opportunity to interact directly with company decision makers at an event that is guaranteed to attract top home care industry leaders.
 
The conference allows you to simultaneously introduce your company's latest products and services, and gain valuable feedback from potential customers. This ability to reach an ever-expanding audience can cultivate new leads, increase sales metrics and help your company build new relationships.
 
To learn more about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, please see the 2018 Annual Leadership Conference Sponsorship Prospectus.
 
We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC this fall!

Upcoming Webinar: Navigating Third-party Credentialing Systems in Assisted Living Centers and Other Facilities

 
Senior care communities across the country are contracting with third-party companies 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. Home care providers 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.
 
Please join us on Tuesday, March 6 at 3:00 PM Eastern for a webinar to discuss what HCAOA is doing to address this issue. ​Learn from industry attorneys and HCAOA’s Executive Director, Phil Bongiorno, about how communities’ increased use of these systems impact the role of home care providers working inside of assisted living/independent living communities and how best to address the issue on the front line, including strategies for working with communities that have implemented these types of systems.
 
Click here to register for this webinar!
 
If you have any questions or any further concerns regarding this issue, please contact info@hcaoa.org.

Survey for the 2018 Home Care Benchmarking Study — Last Day to Participate!

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.

This survey closes today, 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.

Chapter News

HCAOA California: Joint Lobby Day with CAHSAH

Assemblymember Ash Kalra has introduced a new bill (AB 2455), which is very similar to the vetoed AB 1513. Voice your opposition to this damaging legislation by joining us for the HCAOA and CAHSAH Joint Lobby Day in Sacramento.
 
When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Where: Capitol Plaza Halls, Fraternity Room | 1025 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Agenda: 
           
9:00 - 9:30 am
Registration/Breakfast

9:30 - 11:30 am
Welcome Lobbying 101
Legislative Priorities
Guest Speaker(s)
 
11:30 - 12:30 pm
Lobby Day Luncheon
Meet your Team Members
 
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Appointments with Legislative Offices
 
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Dessert Debriefing 

To assist us in scheduling appointments with your local representatives, you will be asked to provide your Assembly and Senate districts on the event registration form linked below. If you are unsure of your Assembly and Senate districts, please visit the following website and enter your home address (where you are registered to vote) to determine the appropriate legislative districts. 

Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are filling up quickly! Please register as soon as possible to increase the likelihood that you will be able to meet with your specific representative.
 
Please note: Registration is free for HCAOA California and CAHSAH members. If you are a member of CAHSAH and not a member of HCAOA California, please register through CAHSAH to receive the free member rate.
 
Click here to register through HCAOA!
 
If you have any questions please contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at nataly@hcaoa.org or 202-508-3872.

HCAOA Arizona: Lobby Day

Join HCAOA Arizona and the Arizona In-Home Care Association for a day at the capitol. Lobby Day attendees will meet with legislators, enjoy a luncheon in the Historic Supreme Court Room, and more. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about crucial industry issues and what our chapter can do to advocate them.
 
When: Thursday, March 15, 2018 | 8:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Where: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007
 
Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot! To assist us in scheduling appointments with your representatives, we ask that you please register no later than Wednesday, February 28. Attendees may bring one guest, as space allows.
 
Click here to register!
 
If you have any questions please contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at nataly@hcaoa.org or 202-508-3872.

Call to Discuss Creating HCAOA Chapter in Virginia


Join fellow Virginia home care providers and Home Care Association of America staff on a conference call to discuss the benefits of starting a HCAOA chapter in Virginia. Have your voice heard and learn what a HCAOA chapter could do to advocate on your behalf.
 
Date: Tomorrow, March 1 
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern 
Phone Number: (571) 317-3122 
Access Code: 290-395-221 
 
Click here to RSVP!
 
If you have any questions please contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at nataly@hcaoa.org or 202-508-3872.

HCAOA Washington: Blooming with Bloomers Conference

Join HCAOA Washington for the 11th Annual Chapter Conference!
 
Date: May 1 and 2
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pacific
Location: Embassy Suites SeaTac
 
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the 2018 Conference Chair, Jeff Wiberg at jeff.wiberg@fhccares.com.
 
Click here for the Blooming with the Boomers – WAHCA Statewide Conference Attendee Registration!
 
Sponsor and exhibitor registration for the 2018 WAHCA Annual Conference is also available! See a detailed list of packages in the 2018 Exhibitor, Sponsorship & Ad Guide.
 
If you would like to register for more than one package please contact Nataly Schwartz at nataly@hcaoa.org or 202-508-3872.
 
Click here for the Blooming with the Boomers – Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration!
Congressional Update

NLRB Vacates Recent Joint Employer Decision


The Bureau of National Affairs is reporting that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is taking a redo on its decision to limit joint employer liability for affiliated businesses, due to ethics questions surrounding Member William Emanuel's (R) participation in the case.
 
The board announced yesterday it has vacated its decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors. A Republican-majority NLRB in December used the Hy-Brand case to scrap an expansive Obama-era legal test that made it easier to tag affiliated businesses as joint employers. It overturned a previous decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, a case then pending before a federal appeals court that Emanuel's former law firm participated in.
 
The board, in a 3-0 decision that didn't include Emanuel, said the move opens the Hy-Brand case up for additional proceedings. It did not say, however, whether Emanuel would be permitted to participate in the case.
 
NLRB Inspector General David Berry earlier this month issued a report finding that Emanuel shouldn't have participated in the Hy-Brand case. That's because the case was pushed through to decision in a way that tied it directly to the Browning-Ferris case, Berry said.
 
Berry's report and what may be a second look at Emanuel's potential conflict of interest called into question whether the Hy-Brand decision still controls the joint employer question. Although labor unions and worker advocates want to revert to the wider Browning-Ferris standard of joint employer liability, the best they can likely do is try to delay the board from scrapping that standard with a new ruling in Hy-Brand or another case.
 
The Republican-controlled board could decide to reconsider Hy-Brand or resolve the joint employer question in another case.

States Move to End Affordable Care Act


A group of red states is claiming the tax reform law killed the Affordable Care Act. On Feb. 26, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) led a 20-state coalition in arguing that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed by President Donald Trump in December 2017, eliminated the rationale used by the U.S. Supreme Court when it declared the ACA valid in 2012. That is, when Congress repealed the tax penalty payable by people who fail to obtain health insurance, it did away with the legal basis for the Supreme Court's ruling that the ACA was valid because it was a revenue-raising provision passed pursuant to Congress's taxing power. Opinions differ on whether the suit has merit or not.
 
The lawsuit was filed in the conservative U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The other states joining the complaint are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
 
One big question is what will the Department of Justice do? The DOJ is charged with defending U.S. laws. The Trump administration is legally obligated to defend the law of the land, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has vowed to do so.
Congressional Corner

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)

 
As chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, Peter Roskam of Illinois is at the nexus of Medicare-related policy.
 
Roskam was born and reared in the Chicago suburbs in a middle-class upbringing. After college graduation, he taught history for a year in the Virgin Islands. He got a taste of politics on the national stage at an early age. He worked for representatives Tom DeLay of Texas and Henry Hyde of Illinois, who represented many of the areas that Roskam now serves, when he was in his 20s.
He returned to Illinois for law school and then practiced law and worked for a foundation that offers college assistance for low-income students. The foundation was founded by his father, Verlyn “Swede” Roskam.
 
The younger Roskam was elected to the Illinois state House at age 31, and served six years before waging an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. House in the 13th District in 1998. He lost in the Republican primary to Judy Biggert, and returned to the state legislature in 2000, receiving an appointment to fill a Senate vacancy and later winning election to a full term.
 
Six years later, he tried again for a promotion to Washington when Hyde announced his retirement from the House after 32 years. Roskam won that 2006 election, defeating Democrat Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost her legs when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting in 2004. Roskam won by about 3 percentage points. Duckworth now serves in the Senate.
 
His re-elections since then have been by comfortable margins. However, Democrats have targeted him for defeat in the 2018 election cycle, in part because his district backed Clinton over Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

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