Alliance’s Testimony on Health IT

The Alliance submitted testimony to the Health IT Council as it deliberates the statewide implementation of electronic health records.

On behalf of Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, I wish to add the voice of home health agencies to the dialogue regarding the implementation of health information technology in the Commonwealth.

Home-based services promote independent living amongst seniors and other individuals in need of care, which help them to remain in their communities where they are most comfortable and familiar. In addition to other major health care providers, the importance of home health agencies and visiting nurse associations in the health care system cannot be overlooked.

You may download the full testimony by clicking here.

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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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Infection Control Web-Based Training by RBC

Concerned about infectious diseases and infections?  RBC’s Infection Control Training Series provides the latest information about multiple drug-resistant organisms (MDROs), central line-associated bloodstream infections, and surgical site infections in 2009.

Sign-up to view this important web-based training when it’s convenient for you.  Especially relevant, given today’s headlines!

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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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Kelleher Testimony on Equal Choice Law

Pat Kelleher’s testimony regarding the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs Oversight Hearing on the Equal Choice Law is available for download.

The Equal Choice Law was passed with the intention of saving patients, families and MassHealth millions of dollars by limiting the amount of admissions into inpatient facilities.  With that theory in mind, it would seem that Equal Choice and home health go hand in hand. A 2007 study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University and Blue Shield of California proved that a patient-centered management program (PCM) where home care was increased by 22 percent and hospice by 62 percent actually reduced hospital admissions by 38 percent, reduced hospital days by 36 percent, and reduced costs by more than $18,000 per patient. The article heralding this study is attached to my written testimony.

Despite the goals of Equal Choice and the proven track record of home health, the industry has seen little that would indicate an intention – or even recognition – of the need to expand capacity in the community care area. In fact, if anything, we have seen the reverse.

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2009 Compensation Survey

The 2009 Compensation Survey is now underway.  Information and relevant forms are available for download.

This survey gives participating agencies reliable, comprehensive, local compensation data on a broad range of job titles in home care and provides the local benchmark data you need to ensure that your pay program attracts the right candidates in a tight job market.

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