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NAHC Report: Issue# 2358, 1/24/2014
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Massachusetts Governor Calls for Increase in Home Care Services in his 2015 Budget
Addus Partners with Two Illinois Plans to Provide Smartphones to Home Care Aides
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Massachusetts Governor Calls for Increase in Home Care Services in his 2015 Budget

Governor Deval Patrick recently released his budget proposal to formally begin budget deliberations for fiscal year 2015 for the state of Massachusetts. 
 
A huge win for elder home care services came in line items that support the Aging Service Access Points and state Home Care Program, which received an additional $16.9 million, according to Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein.

Among those funds are increases of $9.8 million for the Enhanced Community Options Program (ECOP) and $7.5 million for the "basic" category of services.  

Combined, according to Secretary Hartstein, those two line item increases will eliminate waiting lists through the end of fiscal year 2015. The funding boost works out to an additional hour of homemaking services per consumer per month on average, but Secretary Hartstein stressed that, in reality, the money would pay for whatever services people may need when they need them. 

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Addus Partners with Two Illinois Plans to Provide Smartphones to Home Care Aides

Earlier this month, Aetna Better Health of Illinois (Aetna) and IlliniCare Health Plan (IlliniCare, a subsidiary of Centene Corp.) issued press releases announcing respective partnerships with Addus HealthCare (Addus) for a pilot study (the ICP Pilot) to provide Smartphones to home care aides (HCAs) serving Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in Illinois’ Integrated Care Program (ICP). 

The ICP is mandatory Medicaid managed care for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities in Illinois, covering Lake, Dupage, Will, Kankakee, Kane and suburban Cook counties when launched in 2011.  The program initially encompassed only acute medical service but effective February 1, 2013, the ICP was expanded to cover long-term services and supports (LTSS) as well.  The National Council on Medicaid Home Care – a NAHC affiliate - interviewed representatives from both Addus and Aetna for details on the project and the ICP. IlliniCare could not be reached in time for publication.

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Join the American Health Lawyers Association and NAHC at the Upcoming Long Term Care and the Law Conference
FEBRUARY 19 – 21, 2014 IN LAS VEGAS

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is a co-sponsor of the upcoming American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Long Term Care and the Law conference. The conference will be held in Las Vegas, NV at The Cosmopolitan Hotel, from Wednesday, February 19 to Friday, February 21, 2014.

The 2014 conference promises to be an exciting and informative meeting where some of the leading long term care lawyers in the nation will be presenting on topics ranging from fraud and abuse to how the post-acute market is changing. NAHC’s Bill Dombi will provide an update on the “Legislative and Regulatory Issues for Home Health and Hospice.”

For the first time, the conference will have an education track with a focus on “Home Health and Hospice.” Some of the program topics include Government Fraud Concerns in Hospice and Home Health; Home Health Transactions: Clinical and Legal Aspects of the Diligence; Compassionate and Compliant End of Life Care in SNFs; and Hone in on Home Health and Hospice Compliance and Quality: The Government is Watching. The conference will also have an Interactive Session and Roundtable dedicated to home health and hospice.

This year’s plenary session is titled, Acute and Post-Acute Integration: Insights from Both Outside and Inside the Long-term Care Spectrum. The Plenary Session Panel will discuss these trends with an outstanding panel of diverse experts who will provide perspectives from outside as well as inside the post-acute spectrum. Two moderated panels will delve deeply into not only what appears to be happening with post-acute integration, but also what is really happening with actual provider experiences. The first part of the panel will include leaders who are outside of long-term care – from the acute care, managed care, and health care financing arenas. They will provide their perspective on how they see forces outside of long-term care affecting and shaping this integration trend. A second expert panel of individuals from inside the post-acute care spectrum, who are deeply involved in developing these integration transitions within their organizations, will then discuss and give examples of what the post-acute organizations who are leading this movement are doing.

As a co-sponsor to the conference, NAHC non-attorney members and NAHC In-House Counsel members will receive a special discounted rate. To view rates, click here.

For detailed information on the brochure, program, education sessions, and the speakers, please click here.

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