We Need Your Opinion!

To compete and succeed in tomorrow’s home health marketplace, agencies need highly-skilled clinicians and thoughtful, visionary leaders.  To help our members prepare for that future, HCA of MA is considering two in-depth, extended training programs for the coming year.  We need to assess member interest before we proceed.  The two programs we are considering are Building a Home Health Behavioral Health Program and Emerging Leaders in Home  Care.

The Behavioral Health Program would be a 12-month program that would provide participating agencies the clinical training and administrative guidance necessary to launch a behavioral health program that is compliant with current Medicare home health regulations. The program would provide a comprehensive operational manual, in-person and webinar-based clinical trainings for as many as five staff per agency, diagnosis-specific care  guides and monthly teleconferences to guide participants on a path towards success in terms of enhanced agency capabilities and revenues and better care for a now underserviced population. Cost per agency inclusive of all on site meetings, manuals and 12 training webinars (for multiple staff) would be approximately $6,700.

HCA is also considering whether to repeat the popular Emerging Leaders in Home Care certificate program with Suffolk University.  This program, which commits a person to a full day per week, over the course of nine months (with short breaks in between classes) provides next generation leaders in-depth graduate-level education in marketing, finance, policy and human resources, all specifically designed for home care agency managers.  Graduates of the program will be able to apply four course credits toward several Master’s Degree Programs at Suffolk University, including the new Master’s Program in Community Health.  Cost per person for the Emerging Leaders Program will be approximately $2,400, depending on the number of students.

We understand that these programs are higher in cost than most of our programs.  We would like to hear from you to determine if there is enough interest among our membership to present them (but please note that your response to this survey does NOT obligate you in any way at this time!) 

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback to us.

Click HERE to take our survey!

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Healing After the Bombings

Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing have a lengthy road to recovery:

Cost of amputating a leg? At least $20,000. Cost of an artificial leg? More than $50,000 for the most high-tech models. Cost of an amputee’s rehab? Often tens of thousands of dollars more.

These are just a fraction of the medical expenses victims of the Boston Marathon bombing will face.

The mammoth price tag is probably not what patients are focusing on as they begin the long healing process. But friends and strangers are already setting up fundraisers and online crowd-funding sites, and a huge Boston city fund has already collected more than $23 million in individual and corporate donations. — via Winnipeg Free Press

The piece also discusses how a number of state and local charities have created funds to help pay for the hospital bills, prosthetics, and rehabilitation.  Dozens of home care agencies have also donated their services to the victims.

Still Open: 2013 State of the Home Care Industry Study

The National State of the Home Care Industry survey is conducted through 20 minutes phone interviews with senior managers scheduled at times that are convenient for you. It will address current practices and future strategies in the areas of IS/EHR, telehealth, new health care models and operations.

Participating agencies will be among the first to receive in-depth reports plus strategic recommendations from the findings. The results will also include insights into what practices the top agencies, those with the best financial and quality outcomes, are using and planning.

The Study is sponsored by NAHC, CHAP, The Joint Commission, the Forum of State Associations, Delta Health Technologies, HealthWyse and Fazzi Associates. Results are expected to be released in late May or early June of this year. — via HCAF.

The survey is open to all Medicare Certified agencies with revenue >$500,000, and at least two Home Health Compare scores.

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