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NAHC Report: Issue# 2276, 9/18/2013
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California Bill Seeks to Increase Home Care Regulation

The California legislature continues to work out language for the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act (A.B. 1217), which would increase regulation for home care organizations and home care aides.  If enacted, the legislative change would affect both Medicaid and non-Medicaid home care services. The Council discusses the most pertinent provisions.


Currently, California requires certification of home health aides and background checks are required for In-Home Supportive Services workers.  California requires licensure of its home health agencies, and 93 percent of them are also certified by either CMS or other organizations like the Joint Commission. 

However, providers of non-skilled home care services are not as regulated.  In California, there are currently no licensing requirements for agencies or individuals providing home care aide (HCA) services, i.e. those that provide care not related to health, such as cooking, homemaking, or shopping.  Currently, 24 other states requiring licensure of these types of home care organizations (HCOs).

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Private Duty Sessions During this Year’s Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting – being held October 31 – November 3 in Washington, DC – has a wide range of educational sessions for professionals in every segment of the home care and hospice community.

With the Department of Labor recently releasing its Final Rule on the Companionship Exemption, this year it is more important than ever for Private Duty home care professionals to join their colleagues at the Annual Meeting.

Below is a sampling of the many educational offerings available for those pursing the Private Duty track:

Health System, First Heal Thyself: Five Keys to Home Health and Hospice Growth
The secret to growth and long-term success for health system-based or affiliated home health and hospice agencies lies in looking inward. Discover the five keys to sustainable growth and develop a plan to implement them at your agency to earn more patient referrals from the health system. The strategies provided will be applicable to all agencies regardless of relationship with a health system.

Mergers and Acquisitions: Buying, Selling and Valuing Panel Discussion
This panel will bring together leading M&A experts to discuss updates on the current market conditions - i.e. reduced Medicare reimbursement, health care reform, ACOs, Medicaid and private pay - along with issues that are key to the process of closing transactions. This session will be an open format designed to encourage Q&A.

Enhancing Your Brand
This presentation provides a roadmap to boost your brand’s strategy through key enhancements that relate to your services, your community, and your current marketing efforts. The presenter will share the necessary steps to take when boosting a brand and building recognition in the community.

Insider’s Guide To Measuring Private Duty Financial Success
The presentation will provide the inside track on financial metrics, national industry benchmarks and the best tracking tools for private duty home care. Participants will learn how to measure your agency’s performance against industry data, evaluate which key actions will improve your agency’s business health, and effectively motivate your staff.

To review all of the Private Duty sessions being offered at this year’s Annual Meeting, please click here.

To register for this year’s Annual Meeting, please click here.

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Logistics for Lobbying Activities During NAHC’s Annual Meeting

NAHC Report recently urged its members to join their colleagues in Washington, DC October 31 – November 3 for NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition - particularly for Thursday morning’s legislative activity and lobbying on Capitol Hill. Transportation will be provided to ensure that those participating in lobby day activities are able to attend educational sessions that begin at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM, and the opening general session at 3:30 PM at the Gaylord National Resort.

It is important for home care and hospice advocates to, as Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has said, "tell your Senators [and Representatives] about the compassionate care you provide and the budgetary problems you face.”

There is, indeed, no better way for home care and hospice advocates to make a difference and affect the outcome of legislation that will have an impact on their industry than meeting directly, with lawmakers, elected officials and their staffs. 

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Administrative Director
Adventist Health/Home Care Services, Portland, Oregon

Adventist Health is seeking an experienced Home Care Administrator to oversee a growing and busy mission driven service provider in the greater Portland, Oregon area. Scope of job responsibilities include Home Health, Hospice, Home Medical Equipment, Home Infusion Therapy, and Private Duty business lines. The Administrative Director is responsible to direct, supervise, monitor and evaluate all functions and activities for the Adventist Health/Home Care Services department of Adventist Medical Center (AMC). We are looking to the right individual who can lead in business growth and development, financial management, HR management, and conformity to policies, procedures, quality improvement and regulatory requirements. In addition, we are looking for the right individual to support and promote the mission, philosophy and the vision of our Adventist Health/Home Care Services department, creating an environment in which all Homecare staff can work together harmoniously and with coordinated effort in compliance with AMC’s Service Standards. Candidates must have previous health care and leadership experience; home care experience preferred. Bachelors’ degree in a healthcare field required, Master’s in Business preferred. Compensation Commensurate with Experience.

Please apply on our website for the Administrative Director/Home Care Services position:

Home Care Administrator, RN
Asbury Methodist Village at Home, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Why work for us?

Excellent Community Setting & Work Environment, Unparalleled & Exciting Growth Opportunity, Strong Corporate Resources Available, Autonomy to Run a Successful Program

Asbury Methodist Village, located in Gaithersburg Maryland, is currently searching for an experienced administrator to manage its Private Duty home care agency. Experience in home and community based services and a passion for working with the elderly are a must. The ideal candidate has five years home care experience in all areas of agency operation.  We provide home care to residents of our retirement community with a growth strategy to provide service off campus in the greater community.  The ideal candidate has a network of professionals to tap into for new referral sources to accomplish our growth goals. 

This position is responsible for the full range of operations including: clinical, financial, marketing, human resources, and public relations. Strong networking skills and the ability to develop relationships with referral sources, i.e. physicians, hospitals, healthcare agencies, etc.  Candidate must possess excellent communication and customer service skills. Must be proficient with MS Office, computerized scheduling software and medical records.

Excellent benefits and salary based upon professional experience.

To apply, please forward resume, cover letter, and complete salary history to Human Resources Representative via e-mail:  or fax to 301.250.2110. EOE.

For information about placing an ad, contact Scott Baum at

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