Alliance Members Receive Discount at Partners Symposium

Up from Crisis: Overhauling Healthcare Information, Payment and Delivery in Extraordinary Times

With more than 1,000 healthcare and technology leaders world-wide, from hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, large employers and health plans attendees will  exchange ideas with tech entrepreneurs, business execs, investors, government officials and patient organization representatives.

Partners is extending a special opportunity to to all Home Care Alliance members, friends, and colleagues to register for October’s Symposium for $795; that is $100 off the regular rate.  To obtain the discount, register as “general public” at on the event’s website and type in “HCAlliance” in the invitation code box.

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Home Care STAR Award Winners Named

Four individuals received 2009 STAR Awards from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts during a ceremony Wednesday, June 3, 2009.  The STAR awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement within the Massachusetts home care community. 

Award winners were:

Aide of the Year
Tama Lewis
Home Health Aide, Visiting Angels, Newton/Canton

Clinician of the Year
Carol Doane
Maternal & Child Health Nurse, Walpole Area VNA

Manager of the Year
Katie Baker
Director of Rehabilitation, VNA of Greater Lowell

Home Care Champion
Robert Dwyer, Esq.
Board Treasurer, Norwell VNA

Emergency Prep. Discussion Forum

As last winter’s ice storms and this season’s swine flu have reminded us, home care emergency preparation takes more than set of policies in a three ring binder.  In order to get discussion going on the topic before the Spring Trade Conference & Trade Show — which now has a new session on just this topic — we want to hear from you about what your own emergency prep plans.

  • Do you feel your emergency plan is action-ready, or is it just a set of policies?
  • Did you activate any part of it during the current outbreak?
  • Are there other potential emergencies you are more concerned with?
  • How did you compile your plan?
  • What can the Alliance do to help you improve your plan?

Please take just a few moments to post your answers in the comment thread below.

If you’ve already registered for the Spring Conference, we hope you’ll attend this forum.  If you haven’t, we’re still accepting registration online and by fax.

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Spring Conference Early Bird Reg Ends Soon!

Don’t miss the opportunity to save money by registering early for the Spring Trade Show & Conference!  This special offer expires Monday, May 4, 2009.

The Conference & Trade Show runs from June 3-4 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA, where we’ve negotiated special overnight rates are available for Alliance members who registrer before May 12.  Come and:

  • Learn about products and services that will increase your productivity and decrease costs at our trade show
  • Hear nationally-recognized keynote speakers, including:
    • Bill Borne, founder and CEO of Amedisys, on his vision of the future of home care;
    • Patti Digh, author of Life is a Verb – one of the most-praised books of 2008 – on how to live and work “intentionally”;
    • Michael Ferris of Simione Consultants on training training your staff to be salespeople;
    • James Conway of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on respectful end-of-life care;
  • Attend 18 separate breakout sessions designed for each of your company’s key managers
  • Network with other Alliance Members;
  • Attend our special 40th Anniversary Reunion Dinner;
  • And much more!

To register and view the full schedule, go to the Alliance’s website, and sign-in with your unique password.  If you’ve forgotten your log-in information, email HCA Membership Coordinator Tom Meyer.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the conference at a reduced rate!

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Emerging Leaders: Graduate Level Certificate Program in Home Care Management

The scarcity of middle managers properly equipped to move into their companies’ leadership is a key challenge facing the home health industry.  To help combat this problem, the Foundation for Home Health has teamed with Suffolk University to develop the Emerging Leader program.

Full details are available in the program brochureRegistration is open, but limited to 25.

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New Event – The Medicare Home Health Cost Report

Home health agencies participating in Medicare are required by federal law to produce annually a timely and accurate cost report.   These reports are used to set future Medicare payments.   When properly completed, the reports can also be a valuable financial management tool.   Instructors will cover:

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