HCAs Home Health & Hospice Emergency Prep Workbook Now Available

HCA’s new Home Health Care & Hospice Emergency Preparedness Workbook, co-published with RBC Limited, is now available!

The workbook incorporates all of the Emergency Preparedness requirements in the proposed new regulations recently developed by CMS, and includes a number of sample policies and tools to make compliance easier.

Barbara Citarella of RBC Limited will conduct a series of two webinars on August 27 and September 3 to discuss the proposed regulations and orient home health and hospice providers to the new manual.

You can purchase the Workbook and register for the webinars here.

Webinars will be held on the following dates:

Part I August 27, 2014
10:00 – 11:30 AM

Part II September 3, 2014
10:00 – 11:30 AM

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Uniform Adult Guardianship Bill Signed into Law

Massachusetts joined 37 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in streamlining adult guardianship rules when the Governor signed into law S.2249, the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protected Persons Jurisdiction Act.

According to advocates, including Deb Thompson of the PASS Group, this new law addresses the difficulty of coordinating guardianships where two or more jurisdictions are involved.  If an individual in need of a guardian lives in one state and the potential guardian lives in another state there is currently no way to coordinate guardianship proceedings in those separate jurisdictions.

This legislation-turned-law creates criteria for determining which jurisdiction is appropriate as well as to allow courts to request the assistance of other courts in filing motions, taking depositions and determining the appropriateness of a potential guardian or conservator.  It would also avoid the costly and time-consuming requirement of litigating guardianships in multiple jurisdictions.

For more information on this issue, visit the National Center for State Courts’ Center for Elders and the Courts webpage on adult guardianship and the Uniform Law Commission.

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Money Follows the Person Project Team Hosting Technical Assistance Sessions

University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Department of Developmental Services, and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Provider Network Administration Unit is recruiting service providers to serve people with disabilities and/or elders who live in the community and eligible for services under the Money Follows the Person Demonstration project (MFP).

The Provider Network Administration Unit is hosting Waiver Service Provider Technical Assistance Sessions. The sessions will give providers an overview of the HCBS Waivers and services offered, as well as an in-depth review of the application forms and submission requirements/process.

The MFP sessions will be held as follows:







Conference Room

8/19/14 2:00-4:00 PM Tuesday Forbes Library 20 West St. Northampton Community Room
8/28/14 2:00-4:00 PM Thursday UMASS Medical School 333 South St. Shrewsbury USA
9/16/14 1:00-3:00 PM Tuesday Taunton Public Library 12 Pleasant St. Taunton See Reception Desk
9/18/14 1:30-3:30 PM Thursday Boston Lower Mills Library 27 Richmond St. Dorchester See Reception Desk
9/30/14 2:00-4:00 PM Tuesday UMASS Medical School 333 South St. Shrewsbury USA
10/7/14 1:00-3:00 PM Tuesday Lenox Library 18 Main St. Lenox Welles Gallery
10/23/14 2:00-4:00 PM Thursday UMASS Medical School 333 South St. Shrewsbury USA


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Alliance Comments on Proposed LTC Insurance Regulations

Fresh off the heels of the Department of Labor Standards’ decision to drop private-pay home care licensing, the state’s Division of Insurance is accepting comments on regulations related to long-term care insurance.

The Home Care Alliance offered oral and written testimony on proposed amendments to 211 CMR 65.00 at a public hearing on August 1st. The regulations aim to set new standards for long-term care insurance policies, rate setting and cost controls and creates various consumer protections.

More importantly for home care agencies, they propose that home care agencies must meet standards set by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in order to be covered under long-term care insurance plans. Given the impending gap in state oversight with DLS’ new regulations, the fact that those agencies with elder services contracts represent a fraction of private pay home care agencies, and that many agencies relying on long-term care insurance do not work with Aging Service Access Points, the Alliance suggested the following measures:

  • The Home Care Alliance’s Accreditation Program and unexpired DLS licenses should be placeholder requirements for long-term care insurance coverage until the state and advocates can pass meaningful licensure measures.
  • Home Care Alliance Accreditation allows workers who are not home health aides/certified nursing assistants to provide certain services in the home and DOI’s regulations should reflect that flexibility.
  • In the “sample definitions,” the Activities of Daily Living do not include “grooming and personal hygiene,” which is a traditional ADL and one that is vital to the well-being of people wishing to avoid facility-based care.

More details are available in the full copy of HCA’s comments, which can be obtained by contacting James Fuccione at the Alliance.

Those agencies or advocates wishing to comment have until 5:00pm on Friday, August 15th. Comments can be emailed to doidocket.mailbox@state.ma.us and the subject line should read “Docket No. G2014-0.”

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