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Dec. Capitol Report: Greetings from Dr. Zucker, HCA’s Advocacy Day, Telehealth and Aide Training Innovations

The December edition of HCA’s Capitol Report marks one year of our monthly communication to state officials.

This month’s edition shares recent remarks from State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D., who greeted home care and hospice providers and staff, recognizing their vital role.

We also direct attention to HCA’s upcoming February 5 state Advocacy Day, including what legislative offices can expect in preparation.

As part of our monthly innovations feature, we highlight the work of Essex County Department of Health’s home care unit, which has helped reduce admissions by as much as 60 percent using telehealth and expeditious case management.

Lastly, we share a news report from the USA Today network of affiliates featuring the organizational partnerships being forged by HCA home care provider members to deliver a more robust level of home health aide training and peer mentoring to address turnover rates and the need for workforce readiness. The in-depth article provides a window into how the training programs work, like those offered at NYC-based Selhelp Community Services, to teach transferring and other techniques in a way that uniquely connects with trainees.