Innovation & STAR Awards Nominations Deadline Extended

The Home Care Alliance has extended the deadline to nominate an employee or program for our annual Innovations & STAR Awards to Friday, March 6. Be sure to get your nominations in soon to show your appreciation for all of the hard work your staff does! (Especially after this long and snowy winter!)

This event offers member agencies two opportunities to shine:

  1. Nominate a program, product, or operational change that has either a) enhanced the well-being of patients, clients, or the community, b) driven efficiency in operations or the health care system, or c) enhanced the productivity or satisfaction of agency staff.
  2. Nominate an employee or homecare supporter for a STAR Award. These awards celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of the everyday heroes in our midst who make incredible differences in the lives of their patients/clients and their families. Though there are too few opportunities to recognize all who deserve one, a STAR award brings with it some well-deserved recognition for both the agency and the individual.

Nominations may be made by Alliance agencies, their patients, or their partner organizations.

 Nominations for the Innovation Showcase and the STAR Awards are due by March 6, 2015.

Final selections will be made by the Alliance’s Membership & Awards Ceremony Committee. Each winner will be invited to attend the ceremony as guest of the Alliance, along with the person who nominated him/her, as well as three additional guests.

WAYS TO NOMINATE:

  • Online: Submit your nomination by filling out our online form HEREPlease submit supporting documents with your applicationusing the upload button that’s part of the form).
  • Video: Use the form online to submit a video explaining to us why you think your employee or homecare supporter deserves to shine.
  • Email/Fax/Mail: Fill out our hard-copy nomination form attached to this email and submit to:Megan Fournier
    31 St. James Ave., Suite 780
    Boston, MA 02116
    Fx: (617) 426-05109
    mfournier@thinkhomecare.org

Click HERE for more information on our Innovations & STAR Awards event!

Registration to attend is now open!

Please join us in this opportunity to celebrate and honor our industry innovators and our “STARs.”

UPCOMING THIS WEEK- Legal Breakfast: Complying with the MA Sick Leave Law

Join us this Wednesday, February 25 from 8:30-11:00 AM at the Sheraton Framingham for breakfast and an educational meeting on Complying with the MA Sick Leave Law.Effective July 1, 2015, all employers in Massachusetts will be required to offer all employees the opportunity to accrue and use sick time.  For employers with more than ten employees, the sick time must be paid; for smaller employers, it may be unpaid.

Whether paid or unpaid, this new requirement is sure to have a SIGNIFICANT impact on your agency’s operations, payroll, and bottom line.

To help our member agencies understand the implications of this new requirement, and the particular challenges of implementing it in the home care setting, the Alliance will sponsor a Wage & Hour Update on Wednesday, February 25, featuring labor attorneys Allyson Kurker and Margaret Paget of Kurker Paget LLP.  Allyson and Margaret are highly regarded within the labor law sector, and have significant experience interpreting labor law for home care providers.  The presentation will include a model sick leave policy that complies with the new MA regulation, AND an update to the Wage & Hour Legal Memorandum prepared last year for the Alliance by Kurker Paget.

In addition to the new sick time requirements, the presentation will cover other recent labor law developments, including new requirements around domestic violence leave, minimum wage, and the domestic workers right to know law.  The presentation will be preceded by a networking breakfast.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get essential labor law advice from leading experts in the field, at a fraction of the price of an hour of legal services!

Registration:

Members: $49/ Person

Non-Members: $99/ Person 

To register, click HERE. For any questions, contact Megan Fournier at mfournier@thinkhomecare.org or 617-482-8830

Registration Deadline is Coming Quickly for Maintenance Therapy Webinar Series

The first date of the Maintenance Therapy Webinar Series is next Wednesday, February 18th. Be sure to register now so you don’t miss out on this great educational series!

The series will be held on February 18th, March 4th, and March 18th. Registration cost covers all three sessions as well as access to the recordings for up to 90 days after the live session.

Click HERE to register now!

Member Rate: $275/ Line

Non-Member Rate: $475/ Line

Contact Megan Fournier at mfournier@thinkhomecare.org for any questions!

See the series description below:

For many years many home health agencies have discharged patients who plateaued even when they needed continued skilled care to maintain their level of functioning or prevent deterioration and exacerbation of their condition. Yet the Medicare statute and regulations have never supported the imposition of an “Improvement Standard” in determining whether skilled care is required to prevent or slow deterioration in a patient’s condition. The CMS settlement in recent Jimmo vs Sibelius reaffirmed that when skilled services are required in order to provide care that is reasonable and necessary to prevent or slow further deterioration, coverage cannot be denied based on the absence of potential for improvement or restoration. Are your agency’s therapist appropriately trained for this? Or are you discharging patients who need and qualify for continued care?

Nominations Now Open for 2015 Innovation & STAR Awards

Please join the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts and your colleagues from across Massachusetts as we honor and showcase the best people and programs in our industry today. This annual celebration of innovation and excellence will take place on April 28th at the Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA. Invitations to attend will be sent to a broad health care audience.

This event offers member agencies two opportunities to shine:

  1. Nominate a program, product, or operational change that has either a) enhanced the well-being of patients, clients, or the community, b) driven efficiency in operations or the health care system, or c) enhanced the productivity or satisfaction of agency staff.
  2. Nominate an employee or homecare supporter for a STAR Award. These awards celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of the everyday heroes in our midst who make incredible differences in the lives of their patients/clients and their families. Though there are too few opportunities to recognize all who deserve one, a STAR award brings with it some well-deserved recognition for both the agency and the individual.

Nominations may be made by Alliance agencies, their patients, or their partner organizations.

 Nominations for the Innovation Showcase and the STAR Awards are due by February 27th.

Final selections will be made by the Alliance’s Membership & Awards Ceremony Committee. Each winner will be invited to attend the ceremony as guest of the Alliance, along with the person who nominated him/her, as well as three additional guests.

WAYS TO NOMINATE:

  • Online: Submit your nomination by filling out our online form HEREPlease submit supporting documents with your applicationusing the upload button that’s part of the form).
  • Video: Use the form online to submit a video explaining to us why you think your employee or homecare supporter deserves to shine.
  • Email/Fax/Mail: Fill out our hard-copy nomination form attached to this email and submit to:

    Megan Fournier
    31 St. James Ave., Suite 780
    Boston, MA 02116
    Fx: (617) 426-05109
    mfournier@thinkhomecare.org

Click HERE for more information on our Innovations & STAR Awards event!

Please join us in this opportunity to celebrate and honor our industry innovators and our “STARs.”

What’s Coming up for HCA Educational Events

The Home Care Alliance is getting busy with upcoming meetings, webinars, and conferences. Each week be sure to check out our posts about one of our great educational events!

Check out what is in store in the upcoming months below!

WEBINARS & EVENTS

February 10: Face to Face Update Webinar
Presented by HCA of MA Staff
February 12: Infection Control: Part 1 of Series: “Hot Topics in Home Care”
Sturbridge Host Hotel, 9:30AM-11:30AM
Including Deb Wilson (Nurse in Doctors Without Borders)
&Select Panelists
Feb.18, Mar. 4&18: Maintenance Therapy 3- Part Webinar Series
Presented by Cindy Krafft
February 25: Legal Breakfast: Complying with the MA Sick Leave Law
Presented by Attorneys Allyson Kurker and Margaret Paget
Sheraton Framingham, Framingham, MA
February 26: Advanced Coding Webinar
11:00AM-12:00PM
Presented by Joan Usher, JLU Health
April 16-19: Skin & Wound Management Course
Presented by Wound Care Education Institute
Woburn, MA
April 28: Innovation Showcase & STAR Awards
Revere Hotel, Boston, MA

CONFERENCES

April 15-16: ICD-10 Coding Conference
Four Points by Sheraton Norwood
Presented by Lisa Selman-Holman
May 19-21: New England Home Care & Hospice Conference & Trade Show
Radisson Hotel Manchester
Manchester, NH
September 23-25: Blueprint for Oasis
Location TBD

Contact Megan Fournier at mfournier@thinkhomecare.org or 617-482-8830 for more information on upcoming events.
Interested in sponsoring one of the numerous educational events? Contact us to find out how!

Partner with the Home Care Alliance to Help Appreciate Members

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It is that time of the year again that the Home Care Alliance of MA prepares for its annual Innovation and STAR Awards held on April 28, 2015. This is a time that the Alliance works with the almost 200 agency members to nominate and recognize their staff for all of the hard work they have done over the past year, as well as the agencies themselves for working on new innovative ideas for the future in home care.

Please see the flyer: Call for Sponsors to learn more about the opportunity to sponsor such a great and well received event. With the average attendance being over 150 people, your name will be well received in the home care industry.

Contact Megan Fournier at mfournier@thinkhomecare.org or by phone at 617-482-8830 for more information.

*NOTE* STAR Award Nomination Forms will be sent out soon. Keep an eye out so you can nominate your star employees!

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