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Colorado HCBS ARPA Funding Plan Overview

On Monday, August 23, 2021, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing released a “HCBS ARPA Funding Plan Overview and Update.” A synopsis of the ARPA fund guidelines and of the proposed projects are attached to this email.

In total, there are 72 different projects included in the proposal that was submitted to CMS. Of those, projects pertaining to Home Care Based Services remain prominent.

HHAC will keep our membership updated on CMS approval and the details for projects that are pertinent to the industries we represent. Thank you to our Legislative Committee and to HHAC's Advocacy Team for your advocacy and substantially increasing the benefit of HHAC membership.

If you're not yet a member of the Association, we invite you to contact [email protected] to learn more about the benefits of membership and how you can get involved on one of our committees. 

HCBS ARPA Funding Plan Update.docx

 

Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Programs

REGISTRATION OPEN – The FY 2022 Hospice Final Rule: What Hospices Need to Know! Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. The purpose of this training is to educate providers about the changes in the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) resulting from the Hospice Final Rule. This webinar will cover an overview of the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Hospice Final Rule, detail the changes included in the rule, and describe the public reporting of quality measures (QMs) for hospices.

CLICK HERE to register for The FY 2022 Hospice Final Rule: What Hospices Need to Know! webinar.

If you would like your name placed on a list to receive an email notification when the recorded version of the webinar is available, please CLICK HERE.

If you have questions or need additional information regarding the logistics of this training session, please email the PAC Training mailbox at [email protected].

 

Member Discount on OSHA Compliance Manual

To provide easy tools to help agencies comply with the new OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard promulgated on June 21, 2021, RBC Limited – a leader in home health and hospice emergency management – has produce a new Workplace Safety for Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 E-Book.  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.

RBC Ltd. Is making this essential compliance tool available to members of HHAC at the discounted member price of $200 (20% off the regular price)!  Click on this link for more information and to order your copy today:  https://www.rbclimited.com/product/workplace-safety-for-occupational-exposure-to-covid-19-e-book/.

 

 

Take Part in NAHC's Summer Advocacy Campaign! 

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice's Summer Advocacy campaign is under way right now and we need your support to make it successful. Please visit the NAHC Advocacy Center right now and take action on our key issues:

Then, please share that issue with at least ONE other person and ask them to do the same.  The NAHC Advocacy Center has pre-written messages, or you can choose to craft your own. It takes literally only a few seconds of your time to send a message and your elected officials will notice!

 

House Democrats break internal impasse to adopt $3.5T budget plan

The Hill
 
House Democrats [Last Tuesday] rallied behind a new strategy to advance President Biden’s economic agenda shortly after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) struck a deal with a small group of moderates that was threatening to blow up leadership’s carefully laid plans to pass trillions of dollars in federal spending.
 
The House voted 220-212, strictly along party lines, to adopt a rule that allows Democrats to immediately begin work on a massive $3.5 trillion social benefits package. The rule also requires the lower chamber to take up the Senate-passed bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill by Sept. 27.
 
In addition, the rule clears the way for the House to vote later Tuesday on legislation that would restore the portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that required localities with histories of voter suppression to get federal clearance before making changes to election laws.
 
The deal Pelosi reached Tuesday provides a brief detente between Democratic moderates and progressives as House lawmakers leave Washington to resume their summer recess.
 
But the internecine sniping over process, strategy and timing foreshadows just how difficult it will be for the party to stay united when it comes to turning its policy goals into law in the coming weeks as it seeks to show voters that they can govern…
  
Pelosi added in a statement that she is “committing” to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by Sept. 27, shortly before current surface transportation programs expire…

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