2010 Compensation & Surveys – Participation Open

For over fifteen years, the Alliance’s Compensation & Benefits Survey Reports have provided participating agencies reliable, comprehensive, local compensation data on a broad range of job titles in home care.

As we did last year, we are conducting two separate surveys: one for certified agencies, another for private agencies.  We are released the certified agency survey questions  on May 26, 2010, and will release the private care agency survey in June.  Agencies can submit data and receive reports for either or both sections of the survey.

To access the survey materials, visit the Survey Participation Page/Order Form.  Completed surveys must be returned to dwudyka@westminsterassociates.com by June 10, 2010.

The price structure is the same as last year: $149 for the certified survey; $79 for the private care survey; or $199 for both.  Note that these prices are for participating agencies only!  Agencies that do not submit data and payment by will be charged more than double the participant fees to receive the reports.

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Help Support HCA Senate Budget Amendments

Help us stand up for home health and home care!

The Home Care Alliance has two major priorities filed in the Senate budget, which will be debated this week.

Please call your State Senator today, or send them an email, and urge them to support the following amendments:

  • #607 filed by Senator Richard T. Moore to establish a telehealth pilot program that would care for 100 patients for one year and would promote the cost-saving and quality benefits of home monitoring technology for patients who have required or will require care of high frequency or long duration.

HCA has an email message uploaded to our Legislative Action page that are ready to be sent. All you have to do is type in your contact information and the advocacy system will identify your senator and show the message you can send.

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QCC Sets and Reviews Goals Scorecard

The Massachuetts Quality and Cost Council (QCC)  has begin to track progress against six goals established by the Council pursuant to their charge as established in Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006.  The Goals Scorecard includes measures around improving the screening for and management of chronic illness in the community and developing new measures to track progress in adhering to patients’ wishes at end of life.  The latter will include tracking – as recommended by the state’s Expert Panel on End of Life care – the percentage of hospitals,  SNFs and home health agencies with palliative care programs.  The Advisory Committee to the QCC will seek input on these goals, and the associated measures,  at their May meeting.  What is your feedback?

Website Troubles are Fixed!

Please bear with us while we sort out some difficulties with our website.  We expect it to be operating properly by tomorrow.

Update 05/11/2010: The website has been completely restored.  If you encounter any problems, please call the Alliance office.

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HCA Welcomes New Member: Guardian Angel Senior Services, Inc.

The Alliance is pleased to welcome its newest member, Guardian Angel Senior Services, Inc., a private duty agency located in North Billerica, Massachusetts.

Search for a home care provider by town and/or service, visit our interactive Provider Search.

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HCA Welcomes New Member: Careproviders of Blackstone Valley

The Alliance is pleased to welcome its newest member, Careproviders of Blackstone Valley, LLC, a private duty agency located in Whitinsville, Massachusetts.

Search for a home care provider by town and/or service, visit our interactive Provider Search.

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New Federal Bill Would Ensure Timely Access to Home Care Services

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania has submitted a major legislative priority of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) that would help ensure home health patients have timely access to care services.

The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (H.R. 4993) would allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists to order home health services. For more information, see NAHC’s  fact sheet or click the link to the bill language above.

Help advocate by calling the office your Congressional representative to have them sign on. If you are unsure who represents you in the US House, click here and enter your zip code in the top left hand corner.

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