2022 Annual Report

Our 2022 Annual Report highlights the Alliance and Foundation’s achievements and finances over the past 12 months.

Our 2022 Annual Report highlights the Alliance and Foundation’s achievements and finances over the past 12 months.

Highlights from the Past Year

  • Updated and revised the Alliance Bylaws to create a Hospice Member category and restructure the board to be more representative of the membership
  • Worked with an outside consultant to develop a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion self-assessment tool for member agencies
  • Created a home care leaders of color group facilitated by Charlene Brown to provide networking and peer support
  • Conducted member forums to gather input, and then submitted detailed comments and recommendations to MassHealth on revisions to home health, continuous skilled nursing, and hospice regulations
  • Researched and identified reliable resources for PPE (www.ppe-buyers.com and www.bttnusa.com) to reduce impacts of supply-chain disruptions.
  • Collaborated with Barbara Citarella of RBC Limited to produce an e-book on Workplace Safety for Occupational Exposure to COVID-19.
  • Identified a new preferred partner for retirement plans in Mutual of America
  • Successfully advocated for continuation/expansion of ARPA and Enough Pay to Stay rate add-on investments
  • Worked with HCA Council and the legislature to translate the recommendations from the Home Care Licensure Commission into a legislative bill
  • Successfully advocated for inclusion of a $13.5M Home Health Student Loan Repayment program and $16.5M workforce development grant program as part of the legislature’s initiative to appropriate American Rescue Plan Act funds.
  • Worked with the MHA Post-Acute Care Transitions workgroup on COVID and capacity issues across the continuum.
  • Increased frequency of Clinical Director and Quality Improvement Group meetings to monthly.
  • Testified at the MassHealth Hearing regarding the proposed Hospice Regulations, requesting a number of changes and clarifications to the regulations as proposed, as well as urging MassHealth to conduct provider education about the revised regulations.
  • Established an Infectious Disease Management Group/Listserv and hosted an educational meeting , and Hospice Infection Control Expert presenting Infection Prevention and Control COVID Update.
  • Developed a 5-hour webinar series, for home health clinicians and managers entitled Home Health 101: Orientation to Home Health Compliance
  • Advocated for and communicated to members COVID relief funding for providers and employers
  • Thousands of member regulatory and pandemic-related questions

Read the full report below.

200+ Attendees & Full Exhibit Hall at the 2022 NEHCC!

Don’t miss out on the biggest home care and hospice event in the region, with dozens of exhibitors at our trade show.

Join more than 200 home care and hospice leaders next week in Newport, Rhode Island for the 2022 New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show.

Don’t miss out on the biggest home care and hospice event in the region, with dozens of exhibitors at our trade show.

Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.

Just Published: 2022 Resource Directories

Considered to be “the bible for home care” in Massachusetts, copies of the the 2022 Resource Directory have been shipped to every case manager, hospital, COA, state legislator, and GCM in Massachusetts. Additional copies are available for purchase.

This is the one, indispensable book anyone making referrals must have. It’s the bible for home care in Massachusetts. — Gina Martin, RN, CCM

Copies of the the Alliance’s annual referral directory have already been shipped to every case manager, hospital, COA, state legislator, and GCM in Massachusetts.

Need an extra copy? They’re available for purchase on our website, with free shipping (as always).

Alternatively, you can also use our online Find an Agency search.

Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.

Set Sails for Newport for the 2022 NEHCC!

Don’t miss this opportunity to exhibit at the biggest home care and hospice event in the region. The NEHCC will be live and in-person May 11-13, 2022.

NEHCC 2022 Logo

Two years out in the digital sea during the pandemic are enough! New England’s biggest home care and hospice conference is set return to port in Newport, Rhode Island May 11-13… live and in-person!

Companies looking to present to the expected 200+ attendees may choose from among our premium and regular sponsorships, and also exhibit at our exciting, multi-day tradeshow. Several sponsorship have already sold, so don’t miss this opportunity to exhibit at the biggest industry event in the region.

To learn more about the conference, visit www.nehcc.com.

Krilovich Named Executive Director of Home Care Alliance

The Alliance’s Board of Directors has appointed Jacob Krilovich as Executive Director of the Alliance.

Jake Krilovich, Executive Director of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.

Boston, MA – The Board of Directors of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts has appointed Jacob Krilovich as Executive Director of the Alliance, effective January 3, 2022. Krilovich, a resident of Jamaica Plain, was previously Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the Alliance. He succeeds Patricia Kelleher, who retired on December 31, 2021, after serving as Executive Director of the Alliance for 26 years.

Prior to joining the Alliance in 2017, Krilovich was Director of Advocacy for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, Waltham, MA. Before that, he served as Government Relations Manager for ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, Krilovich was a Legislative Intern for State Senator Karen Spilka and former U.S. Representative Tim Walz. Krilovich holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Alliance Board President Deborah Costello, who is also Chief Operating Officer at Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home, Beverly, noted, “A Search Committee of board members conducted a national search over the past months, and selected Jake based on his in-depth knowledge of the home care industry and his insights into the critical issues facing the Alliance and our provider agency members in the coming years.”

In accepting the position, Krilovich said, “Our health care delivery system is shifting rapidly, and home and community-based services will be at the center of that transition. I am grateful for the trust and confidence the Alliance’s Board of Directors is placing in me to lead the organization into this critical juncture for our industry and membership.”

About the Home Care Alliance:

With a mission to unite people and organizations to advance community health through care and services in the home, the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts is a non-profit trade association and advocacy group providing representation, education, communication, advocacy and – ultimately – a voice for the state’s home health industry. Founded in 1969, the Alliance has grown to represent more than 170 home care and home health agencies across the state. For more information, visit www.thinkhomecare.org.

2021 Home Care Stars Winners

Join us to honor excellence in home care, as we present the Star Awards at the 2021 “Our Time to Shine.” The event will be held at Granite Links in Quincy, MA on Tuesday, November

The Annual Star Awards has returned for 2021 to honor the best and brightest in our industry! Join us and your colleagues on Tuesday, November 9 at Granite Links in Quincy for a celebration of hard work, resilience, innovation, and dedication in the home care, hospice, and home health care communities.

Together, we can celebrate our people and our pioneers by recognizing how they make life better for thousands of patients and their families. In celebrating individual achievement, we shine a light on our collective accomplishments.

2021 Home Care Star Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winner’s and our thanks to those who nominated them.

After the Hospital: A Guide to Post-Acute Care

The Massachusetts Hospital Association—in collaboration with several organizations, including the Alliance—has created After the Hospital: A Guide to Post-Acute Care to inform patients and their caregivers of their options for care after a major change in a patient’s health.

The Massachusetts Hospital Association—in collaboration with several organizations, including the Alliance—has created After the Hospital: A Guide to Post-Acute Care to inform patients and their caregivers of their options for care after a major change in a patient’s health. The 64-page After the Hospital: A Guide to Post-Acute Care fulfills a long-standing need to educate the public and members of the healthcare community about the care options available to patients following a medical event or hospitalization.

The guide is intended to cut through the confusion to provide patients, their families, or the person entrusted with their care a roadmap that will assist them in:

  • Understanding their care needs;
  • Learning about services that meet their needs;
  • Talking to their health insurance company;
  • Finding out more about their providers; and
  • Making the choice that is right for them.

For providers, After the Hospital: A Guide to Post-Acute Care lays out the elements of a successful post-acute process, the range of available post-acute care services, provider checklists to support care transitions, and a list of key terms and concepts.

The full guide, or individual sections, can be accessed here:

Talking Home Care: Serving Clients & Protecting Staff During the Pandemic

Cheryl Rumley—founder and president of Apex Homecare—offers a powerful, first-person account of her experience running an agency during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For the 16th episode of Talking Home Care, Pat talks with Cheryl Rumley, founder and president of Apex Homecare in Springfield, Massachusetts. Cheryl offers a powerful, first-person account of her experience running an agency during the pandemic. Like many owners, Cheryl had to figure out how to care for her clients while also looking out for her employees’ safety and need to care for their own families.

They also discuss Cheryl’s connection to the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic and Governor Charlie Baker’s leadership during the last 18 months.

You may listen to the podcast by clicking any of the platform images above, clicking “play,” or downloading it directly (Length: 21 minutes; Size: 15 MB).

Cheryl Rumley and Pat Kelleher
Cheryl Rumley and Pat Kelleher

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Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.

Alliance Partners with RBC Ltd on OSHA Manual

Barbara Citarella
RBC’s Barbara Citarella

In response to the new OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard issued in June, the Alliance has teamed up with Barbara Citarella of RBC Limited to produce an e-book on Workplace Safety for Occupational Exposure to COVID-19. The document includes model policies and multiple forms in the addendum section that will be helpful as guidance for compliance with the OSHA Standard. The manual can also serve as a template for any other infectious communicable diseases. All documents may be used as is or may be personalized by using PDF editing software.

We will be working with RBC to market this new manual nationwide. Alliance members can be the first to purchase your copies here!

2021 Annual Report

Our 2021 Annual Report highlights the Alliance and Foundation’s achievements over the past 12 months, and looks forward to our post-COVID future.

Our 2021 Annual Report highlights the Alliance and Foundation’s achievements over the past 12 months.

Responding to COVID

Since the onset of the pandemic and the declarations of federal and state emergencies, the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts shifted much of its attention and resources to COVID-19-related membership support. To that end,
the Alliance:

  • Distributed donated PPE valued at over $150,000 through multiple distributions of free hand-sanitizer, gloves, gowns, face shields, and other PPE through a partnership with the Massachusetts Health & Hospitals Association and offered PPE at a competitive group discount price through our partnership with American Advertising Specialties.
  • Published 50 special member newsletters devoted exclusively to COVID topics – issued daily during the height of the public health emergency.
  • Worked with the Betsey Lehman Center on a PPE video series specific to home care and prepared an accompanying CEU PowerPoint and test for agencies to use alongside the video, including: Don/Doff PPE, Infection Control in the Home, and Video Pre/Post Test with Answers.
  • Developed two educational flyers on COVID for members to leave in the homes of clients/patients. The “Safe Holiday” flyer encouraged safe social distancing during holiday celebrations, and the “Wear Your Mask” brochure reinforced safety with patient families when a home care worker was in the house. The “Wear Your Mask” brochure was also translated into Spanish.
  • Advocated on social media when home care was excluded from the first round of health care worker vaccines. This generated more than 150 tweets (from over 40 accounts) and resulted in Governor Baker recognizing home care at a press event and moving up vaccine access date.
  • Worked with the MHA Post-Acute Care Transitions workgroup on a universal pre-discharge COVID testing protocol.
  • Offered regular calls for CEOs of certified and private care agencies to share and learn from each other, as well as calls for clinical directors, HR mangers, and hospice directors.
  • Secured the continuation (post-COVID) State of Emergency of Medicaid coverage of telehealth visits.
  • Answered hundreds of member regulatory questions related to the pandemic.
  • Hosted a COVID-19 Resource page that includes Allied member COVID resource services and that generated more than 6,500 unique page views.

Other 2020-2021 Work

Among the member supportive services over the past twelve months, the Alliance and Foundation have:

  • Succeeding in passing a FY 21 budget request for $17 million in money for home health aides and homemakers.
  • Helped to establish, and was appointed to, a commission to create a framework for licensure of private home care for the state Legislature to consider.
  • Completely revamped both our Find-an-Agency and our Allied member online directories with more information per company, and in a more readily accessible, clearer format.
  • Hosted dozens of member webinars , such as: Paid Family Medical Leave Benefit, the Medicare Home Infusion Benefit, Payroll Protection Loans, ICD-10 Comprehensive Coding
  • Worked with Mass EOEA on a plan for EVV roll out
  • Worked with MassHealth on rewriting home health program regulations.
  • Featured video interviews with agency leaders of color for Black History Month.

Read the full report below.

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