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Florida's 2022 Legislative Session was as unique as expected, with major budget surprises and hot button issues dominating the debate at the Capitol throughout the 60-day lawmaking period. Consequently, there will be significant policy implications for the home care provider community, and HCAF is here to keep you informed. As part of this live virtual event, members of HCAF's policy team will discuss key bills and budget items from the session, including Medicaid reimbursement and wages for Medicaid workers; dementia-related training requirements; COVID-19 liability protections; and expansion of direct care worker scope of tasks, just to name a few. The hour-long session recap will reveal what passed, what failed, and what it means for your business, plus provide a look ahead to the November 2022 election.  Speakers/Course Authors - Bobby Lolley, RN; Kyle Simon; Jimmy Card  Read More

Recent discussions on the HCAFeForum LISTSERV focused on Medicaid managed care health plan contract challenges and limitations. During this live webinar, we will explore the topic in greater depth and discuss whether or not a "Single Case Agreement" (SCA) may be the right option for your patients/clients, staff, and organization. As providers face increasing pressure due to staffing shortages, rising gas prices, and inflation, we will discuss what to consider before caring for our most vulnerable populations. Participants will hear guidance from a managed care professional with experience navigating health plans on behalf of home care agencies, as well as from an operator of a home care agency who will shed light on real-world issues from the perspective of the provider.    Speakers/Course Authors - Regina Wild, LPN & Cindy Lavoie Read More

Attracting and hiring caregivers has become harder than ever before. The question is this: What can you do to hire the caregivers you need to meet growing client demand? (Hint: Spending more money on job boards and doing more of the same is NOT the answer!) During this live webinar, attendees will learn about smarter, more cost-effective ways to attract talent, build your employment brand, and get more of the right people applying to work for your agency.    Speaker/Course Author -Jason Chagnon CEO  Read More

The constant changes since the interim rule for the federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate came out on November 5, 2021, has caused industry-wide confusion for health care providers, yet they must comply now! During this webinar, Sharon Litwin of Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) will break down all of the nuances of the mandate, including who it applies to; what policies you need to have in place; what exemptions are allowed; what are the ramifications for noncompliance; and how to prepare your agency for survey.    Speakers/Course Author - Sharon Litwin, RN, BSHS, MHA, HCS-D  Read More

On November 17, 2021, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued Advisory Opinion No. 21-18 that addresses the provision of therapy services in various types of long-term care communities, including skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), assisted living facilities (ALFs), and full-service continuing care retirement communities. The OIG concluded that joint ventures between therapy companies and long-term care communities violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. Home health providers have often expressed concern about so-called “therapy rooms” in long-term care facilities. From the point of view of home health providers, including marketers, the use of “therapy rooms” for outpatient therapy services, as opposed to home health services, may be problematic. Patients who may benefit from other services provided by home health agencies, such as nursing and home health aides, may not receive these services when referred to outpatient therapy. In addition, patients may be required to pay co-payments for outpatient therapy services billed to Part B when they could, in many instances, receive therapies from home health agencies with no co-payments. The recent Advisory Opinion may put a damper on some arrangements between therapy companies and long-term care communities. The facts upon which the Advisory Opinion is based are that a contract therapy services company that provides management of day-to-day operations and therapy staffing for rehabilitation programs would enter into joint ventures with companies that directly or indirectly own long-term care communities. Joint venture entities would provide contract therapy services to rehabilitation programs in the communities. Please join this webinar presented by Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq., to learn why your home care agency needs to avoid these types of joint ventures and to carefully review your current contractual arrangements to determine whether they violate the OIG’s prohibition on contractual joint ventures.  Speakers/Course Author - Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.  Read More

The last couple of years have been unlike any other, with enormous changes and challenges. This leaves us wondering what the future of health care will look like, including for the in-home care sector. During this session, National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President William Dombi, Esq., will provide insight into the emerging trends in health care policy, legislation, and regulation at the federal and state levels, as well as discuss the integral and evolving role that home care plays under the Biden administration's attempts to improve our healthcare system. The session will also offer a forecast on how potential political power changes may impact health care services at home. Speakers/Course Authors - William A. Dombi, Esq Read More

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