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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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Congressional Update

Congressional Corner

Member News

There's Still Time To Join Us At The HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference

In less than three weeks, we'll be gathering some of the best minds in the home care industry to review best practices, the legislative landscape, and other methods of delivering home care to be an oasis in your community. In addition to the robust educational program that we've assembled, the HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference represents the chance to assemble with like-minded home care providers, exchange ideas, and learn how to bring your organization to the next level. There's still time to stake your place and register today!
Review the conference schedule, speakers and registration information via the Conference Brochure HERE!
What: 2019 HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference
When: September 22-23, 2019
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort
3800 West Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 
We can't wait to see you there!
Register Today

Thank You To Our 2019 Annual Leadership Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors!

We’re grateful to have the support of the following exhibitors at the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference!  Thank You to our 2019 Annual Leadership Conference Sponsors as well!

To learn more about exhibit details and remaining sponsorship opportunities, please see the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference Sponsorship Prospectus. Please note that exhibit space is sold out.
Sponsor Registration

Help Grow Our Ranks: Take Advantage of the Member Get a Member Program

HCAOA provides members with a number of tangible business benefits, but our greatest intangible benefit is the community of home care providers that we have been able to assemble. We’d love to for you to help us make that community even stronger.

We are introducing our Member Get a Member program – refer a new Voting Member and we’ll give you a $100 Visa Gift Card as a thank you for your efforts.

Find more information here. If you have any questions about this program, please contact us at or 202-508-3870.

Join a Webinar with Annual Leadership Conference Sponsors CareAcademy

Why do some home care providers lose 82% of their caregivers in the first 6 months... while others providers, operating in the same city, have 82% caregiver retention?

The largest and highest grossing home care owners and operators are doubling-down on tactics which help them curb turnover, which in turn helps them successfully grow their businesses. 

Join CareAcademy and Kevin Smith from Best of Care for a webinar on simple tactics the most successful home care agency owners are using today. This webinar is right for you if you’re struggling with:
  • High no-call, no-show rates among your caregivers
  • Keeping caregivers long enough so that they build a relationship with your client
  • Putting together a caregiver onboarding process that balances your caregivers’ needs with your agency’s current resources
Webinar Event Details
Date: Tuesday, September 10th 2019
Time: 10am Pacific / 11am Mountain / 12pm Central / 1pm Eastern
Location: Online (Go-to-Webinar)
Cost: FREE!
About the Presenters
Best of Care, Inc. CEO, Kevin Smith, believes that a 360-degree approach is critical to serving the agency’s aging and disabled clients, wherever they choose to call home.

Kevin played a critical role in expanding Best of Care’s geographic reach. He oversaw Best of Care’s 2013 acquisition of Boston-based Independence Home Care and 2014 acquisition of Westwood-based Access Home Care. To serve clients and their families on the Cape, in 2015 Kevin  opened a Best of Care office in Dennis.
CareAcademy CEO Helen Adeosun is passionate about caregiving and the impact that the right caregiver can have on families.

As an educator and workplace trainer, she has had a career in driving outcomes for adult learners and finding meaningful ways for them to engage in learning.
Register Here
Chapter News

HCAOA Connecticut

HCAOA Connecticut to Hold Policy-Based Educational Program October 30
The Connecticut Assembly discussed several policies in its last session that would have had severe effects on the home care industry. HCAOA will host an educational program that explores reasons for these policies, discuss what the home care industry can do to counteract them, and how owners can engage caregivers and educate policy makers and the public about what non-medical, employer-based home care does for seniors, workers, the state and the economy.
Date: Wed., October 30, 2019
Time: 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Location: Eli’s on Whitney
2392 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, Conn.
Please join your industry colleagues so you can:
  • Hear from key lawmakers about policies affecting your business
  • Learn how to participate in public policy
  • Network with your peers
  • Remain informed
  • Stay competitive in this growing sector of the economy.
Watch your inbox for a registration link.
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HCAOA Florida

The HCAOA Florida Chapter held their annual meeting on August 15, 2019 in Orlando, FL. There were more than 50 attendees at the annual meeting. As a keynote address, Ruby Grantham, AHCA Manager for Laboratory and In-Home Services Unit, reviewed the changes to the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan submission process and reviewed the violations that are trending during inspections at this time. The program also included a speaker from SilverStone Group covering effective worker's compensation management, and a speaker from Mertz Taggert that provided best exit strategy practices for home care businesses.
Drew Smith, the Florida chapter lobbyist, reported on ongoing activities to prevent AccuShield, and companies like them, from charging a fee to ensure that we are in compliance with state regulations since we are all licensed by AHCA and are required by state law to be in compliance with these regulations. The bill that included these measures never made it to the floor for a vote. He also reported on a bill that would allow homemaker companion companies to provide personal care; AHCA indicated that they were not in support of this bill. The lobbyist also reported on our legislative day and our initial efforts of trying to expand some of the things a CNA or home health aide can do in Florida. We will continue to work on these items in the upcoming legislative session.
Finally, HCAOA Florida members heard about the efforts of Morgan and Morgan, a major law firm in Florida, to increase minimum wage to $15.00 per hour in the state. John Morgan stated in an article in the Orlando Sentinel that he was conducting a grass roots effort to get enough signatures to get this topic on the 2020 ballot. The paper reported that he already has over 600,000 signatures. He needs just under 750,000 signatures to get this on the ballot.
We will continue to keep you updated on the legislative actions discussed during the meeting.

HCAOA Illinois

Registration Now Open for the 2019 Private Duty Symposium
Co-sponsored by the Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council, Leading Age Illinois and the Illinois Chapter of the Home Care Association of America, the Private Duty Symposium is one of the industry's premier events in Illinois. Over 200 home care owners, administrators and clinical staff from across the state attend this educational and networking seminar each year.
The Symposium will feature a keynote session led by William Rhoades, DO, FACP of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Rhoades will present findings on the current state of healthcare, inviting attendees to “take the pulse” of the healthcare landscape. Additional speakers include:
  • Margaret Fitzpatrick, Author, Getting the Best Care
  • Aishling Dalton-Kelly, CEO, Aishling Companion Home Services
  • Carl White, Founder and President, MarketVisory Group, Inc.
  • Adam Guetzow, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Aimee Delaney, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • David Alfini, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker, Extension Educator, Family Life, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Karla Belzer, Extension Educator, Family Life, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • John Larson, CEO, Cantata Adult Life Services
  • Meredith Duncan, Shareholder, Polsinelli PC
  • Jack Fleeharty, Administrator, Home Nursing and Home Services Agency Licensing Program, Illinois Department of Public Health
What: The Private Duty Symposium
When: Wednesday, November 13, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 
NIU-Naperville Campus
1120 East Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563
Click here to register. 


Join Us From Your Desk!

Please join HCAOA Ohio chapter leaders and HCAOA Director of Programs and Operations for a call to discuss establishing chapter committees. Including, but not limited to, membership, advocacy/legislation, meetings/education. Join us on this call to help set the direction of the Ohio Chapter for 2020.
Date/Time: Thursday, September 12 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time
Dial-in Information: +1 (571) 317-3112 Access Code: 237-647-781

HCAOA Washington

In place of a regional meeting, Washington home care providers convened this morning at Bimonthly Blooming WAHCA Latte Hours across the state. At six locations, home care Owners, Executive Directors, and CEO’s gathered to engage in discussions on key industry topics, collaborate, strategize and gain insights from industry leaders. Thank you Dexter Borbe from Interim HealthCare for taking the lead on the Blooming WAHCA Latte Hour and compiling all of the data to share after each meeting. 
Blooming WAHCA Latte Hours today were hosted by the following members:
o Bellevue– Dexter Borbe
o Tacoma – Sharla Bode
o Tri-Cities – Heather Michael
o Vancouver – Bob Patton
o Marysville – Shawn Beach
o Spokane – Andy Niska

HCAOA Wisconsin

Save the Date for an October Chapter Meeting
HCAOA Wisconsin will hold a chapter meeting on October 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Madison. Maria Brenny-Fitzpatrick from UW Health Transitions Care is a confirmed speaker. Watch your inbox for more details and a registration link.
Congressional Update

ACL Releases Issue Brief on Assistive Technology

On August 29, 2019, the Administration on Community Living (ACL) released a new Issue Brief on Assistive Technology. Assistive technology (AT) includes software, devices, equipment and products that improve the functioning of individuals of all ages with disabilities. Assistive technology can affect a person’s well-being by improving their ability to walk, eat, bathe, communicate, see, speak and live independently. Technologies also can help address social isolation and improve the quality of life by assisting people with communication, mobility, and other daily activities.

This issue brief discusses:

1) the important role of assistive technology in helping people of all ages with disabilities live full and independent lives in their communities; and

2) certain sources of public funding for the technology, including Medicare, Medicaid, and programs that the Administration for Community Living (ACL) manages. 

Twenty-two Not Seeking Reelection in 2020

Bloomberg Government reports that twenty-two (22) members of Congress will not be seeking reelection in the year 2020. The majority of these members deciding not to run are Republicans. A few are deciding to run for other state-wide offices.
Note: NC-09 is vacant after the state elections board declined to certify a winner in the 2018 election and ordered a new election for Sept. 10
Congressional Corner

Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee

As Congress returns next week to complete its work for the remainder of the 2019 session, much of the focus will turn to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees as they fund the government and as their bills become the vehicles for other legislation to be completed. An important player in this legislative dance is Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama.

Term limits under Republican rules required Shelby to surrender the banking gavel for the 115th Congress, though he remains on the panel and since April 2018 has led the Appropriations Committee. Shelby filled a vacancy caused by Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran’s resignation on account of ill health. Shelby had to give up the chairmanship of the Rules Committee to take the gavel at Appropriations.

As a longtime member of Appropriations, Shelby has worked to obtain federal money for educational institutions in Alabama that focus on math, science, engineering and research. He also looks out for the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville and worked to provide assistance for recovery from the deadly tornadoes that swept through Alabama in 2011.

Shelby was born in Birmingham, the son of a steelworker, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He worked as a private attorney, a Tuscaloosa city prosecutor, a U.S. magistrate and a special assistant state attorney general.

Like most Alabama politicians at the time, Shelby was a Democrat, albeit a conservative one.

He served eight years in the Alabama Senate. In 1978, after first pondering a run for lieutenant governor, he decided to run for Congress, seeking the House seat being vacated by Democrat Walter Flowers, who was running for the Senate.

He ran for the Senate in 1986, capturing the seat by less than 1 percentage point over incumbent Jeremiah Denton, who had been elected in the 1980 Reagan landslide.

Shelby was re-elected in 1992, when Bill Clinton was elected president. Yet Shelby chafed at the fiscal policies of the new administration. One day after the 1994 midterm electoral tidal wave gave the Republicans control of the Senate, Shelby switched parties.

Democrats accused Shelby of opportunism: his decision not only put him in the majority, it also netted him a seat on the Appropriations Committee. Shelby said that it was “frustrating” to work within the Democratic caucus.

Shelby’s party switch was well-received in Republican-trending Alabama, and he’s been re-elected overwhelmingly. In 2010, he won a fifth term with 65 percent of the vote.

In 2016, he faced opposition in the primary from Jonathan McConnell, a 33-year-old Marine and maritime security company founder who said the octogenarian Shelby was a career politician past his prime. Shelby, whose state held the first Senate primary of the 2016 election season, took the challenge seriously and prepared early, not wanting to suffer the same political fate as some Republican colleagues who were unseated or nearly defeated in 2012 and 2014. He temporarily halted the Banking Committee’s work to focus on his primary.

In the end, it wasn’t close: Shelby trounced McConnell by 65 percent to 28 percent and went on to win a sixth term with 64 percent of the vote.

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