After more than a year of the Home Care Alliance and other stakeholders working with the state’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs, an updated Program Instruction (PI) for the state’s Aging Service Access Points working with home health agencies has been approved and will go into effect on May 1st.
The PI addresses a range of concerns that were raised around assessment, care planning, supervision, payment and communication between the nurse at the home health agency and the corresponding Aging Service Access Point (ASAP). It replaces some very outdated PI’s and is the product of several meetings and edits sent through countless emails
A workgroup consisted of Home Care Alliance staff, the Mass Home Care Aide Council, and staff from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs along with several ASAP directors and ASAP nurses.
The Home Care Alliance is very pleased with the updated direction from the state, which will improve communication and collaboration between home health agencies and ASAP’s.
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