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Report: More Information Needed on Home Health Aides and Direct Care Workers
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NAHC Submits Comments on Standardized Data Set items

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice submitted comments on the collection of standardized assessment-based data items developed under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) on the domains of: cognitive function and mental status; special services, treatments, and interventions; medical conditions and co-morbidities; and impairments. The standardized assessment-based data items were developed for the Long-Term Care Hospital, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, the Skilled Nursing Facility, and the Home Health Agency settings.

CMS sought public comments on whether items have the potential for improving quality, the utility of the items for describing case mix, the feasibility of the items for use in post-acute care settings, and the validity of the items. The public comment period ended September 12, 2016.

In general, NAHC believes the proposed standardized data set items under the domains for cognitive function and mental status; special services, treatments, and interventions; medical conditions and co-morbidities; and impairments have potential for improving quality, meet validity criteria, are feasible for use in the home health care setting, and are important elements for determining case mix. However, NAHC has concerns regarding the potential for duplication and/or overlap with current OASIS assessment items and the implications for replacing or altering OASIS items.

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Report: More Information Needed on Home Health Aides and Direct Care Workers

America’s aging population is increasingly reliant on home health and other direct care workers but not nearly enough is known about this workforce, prompting fears the country may not be prepared for the health and demographic challenges of the future, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Direct care workers are responsible for providing the majority of paid hands-on care to millions of seniors and people with disabilities requiring LTSS.  However, reported high attrition rates and difficulties recruiting and retaining qualified workers have fueled concerns about shortages, particularly considering the expected growth in the elderly population.

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Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer — The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Full Time

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society (Society), the nation’s largest not-for-profit, faith-based provider of senior housing and services, seeks a Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer for its fast-growing Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) business enterprise. 

This leader directs planning, development, implementation, training, and monitoring of all regulatory compliance and HIPAA privacy programs for Home Health and Hospice services and Services@Home/Private Duty across the enterprise, including the Society’s subsidiary operations. This position is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; however, a telework arrangement may be considered.

Compliance: Broad knowledge of healthcare and business operations gained through a four-year degree in business, management or healthcare; prefer advanced degree applicable to the duties and responsibilities of the position, a minimum of 5 years’ experience in healthcare industry and at least three years’ experience in compliance/quality for a healthcare organization or equivalent.  Must have knowledge and experience in payment, reimbursement and clinical documentation requirements for home-health related services - especially for the Medicare program.

Privacy: Certified in Healthcare Privacy (CHPS) or Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) designation preferred; knowledge/experience in electronic medical records in healthcare; ability to learn/develop high proficiency in computerized records systems.

To apply, visit the Society’s career website at:

Director of Patient Services — Home Care & Hospice, Long Island, NY
Full Time

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center is changing every day. Many new medical innovations are being implemented, and there’s an air of exhilaration at the possibilities for an amazing future. Be the heart of our community – in our award-winning Home Care division! We rank as one of the best in America by recently being awarded the prestigious Home Care Elite Award!

We require

  • Education: BSN preferred or a Bachelor’s health/human services.
  • Experience: Two years as a supervising community health nurse
    if not a supervising community health nurse, two years of home care nursing experience plus a Master’s degree in nursing, public health, business administration or another health related field. Master’s not needed if possesses Bachelor’s and was a supervising community health nurse.
  • Licenses: Current NYS RN licensure
  • Knowledge: CMS and DOH Home Health regs

We’re just minutes from the world-famous Hamptons, over 60 award-winning vineyards, water parks, picturesque rural farms, historical homes and Montauk. Look to a hospital that has a fresh new feel in the air as we continue to transform. Email An amazing career awaits you. EOE/AAP/M/F/D/V

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