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Medicaid Officials Target Home Health Aides' Union Dues

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018

Medicaid home care aides — hourly workers who help elderly and disabled people with daily tasks like eating, getting dressed and bathing — are emerging as the latest target in the ongoing power struggle between some conservative lawmakers and organized labor, NPR reports. 

About half a million of these home workers belong to the Service Employees International Union, a public-sector union that represents almost 1.9 million workers in the United States and Canada, the news service reported. The union is an influential donor to some Democratic campaigns and boasted strong ties to the Obama administration.

rule proposed recently by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, under the Trump administration, would prohibit home health aides who are paid directly by Medicaid from having their union dues automatically deducted from their paychecks, though it doesn't name these fees explicitly.

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Call For Speaker Proposals Now Open For HCAC's Spring 2019 Conference

Posted: August 10, 2018

The Home Care Association of Colorado's Education Committee requests compelling speaker proposals for the 2019 Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference.

The 2019 conference will be attended by hundreds of provider agencies in Colorado, Wyoming and adjacent states. An accompanying trade show will include interactive demonstrations from vendors from around the nation.

HCAC seeks the following:

  • Engaging keynote presenters who can enlighten our provider members in a time of great industry change
  • Breakout presenters addressing:
    • Private pay issues
    • Technology
    • Non-Medical issues
    • Regulatory and compliance
    • NEW FOR 2019: A one-day therapy track addressing the special needs of physical therapists and others practicing in a home-health setting
  • Pre-conference proposals for Wednesday afternoon. Pre-conference sessions typically each cover four hours and so are especially good for topics requiring a "deeper dive" in a workshop-style format. They require separate attendee registration.

What's needed

Submissions are expected to include a summary of Proposed Session (Note: this session description may be used in conference marketing and brochure; please limit to 150 words).

Additionally, three Learning Objectives must be provided. (Note: These learning objectives will be a critical component of granting education credit. Hint: Learning objectives should identify what the participant will get out of the session. Write objectives that complete one of these two sentences: (1) “By participating in this workshop, participants will . . .” or (2) “On completion of this session, participants will be able to . . .”)

HCAC's Education Committee will review the submissions after the Nov. 16 deadline and make its recommendations to HCAC's board. The association expects to announce the education schedule on or just after Jan. 1, 2019.

Submit Your Proposal Here!



Members: Here's The Latest On Colorado Healthcare Ballot Initiative

Posted Aug. 8, 2018

HCAC agency members are encouraged to read this members-only update on a healthcare ballot initiative for 2018. You must be signed in to view it. 

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Audio: Listen To This Quarter's HCAC Members-Only Conference Call

Posted: Aug. 2, 2018

A playback of the July 27 members-only conference call is available for streaming here. 

Members: You must be signed in to access it. Not a member? Join us!

Topics discussed included increases in home-care reimbursement rates, the rollout of electronic visit verification in Colorado, state-mandated Adult Protective Services background checks, recent passage of a Medicaid fraud bill, the latest on the Nurse License Compact bill, health-care licensure sunset, and a looming petition deadline for a proposed health-care transparency statutory change. 

Presenters were HCAC lobbyists Eliza Schultz and Betsy Murray and HCAC Executive Director Don Knox. Dozens of agencies, including agency members of HCAC's West Slope Forum, participated live in several Q&A sessions. 

Thank you to all who listened and asked questions!


Effort To Create Colorado Hospice License Plate Seeks Your Support

Posted: July 31, 2018

HCAC's partners in organizing and presenting the annual Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference are running a bill in 2019 to bring a special group hospice and palliative care license plate option to adults with registered vehicles in Colorado.

HCAC counts among its members a number of providers of both home health and hospice services. The license-plate effort is led by two nonprofits, the Colorado Center for Hospice & Palliative Care (COCHPC), a 501c3 affiliate of the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of the Rockies. 

Your e-signature of support (3,000 e-signatures are needed) will result in a license plate option to raise money for provider and consumer education. If you can, please join these groups in this effort.

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