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November Capitol Report Features HCA Budget Measures, Home Care Month, Sepsis, Disparities

The November edition of HCA’s monthly Capitol Report for the state Legislature features some of HCA’s budget reform and relief proposals that we’ve advanced as a first-resort cost offset to address the state’s multi-billion-dollar Medicaid budget overruns.

The report, circulated to State Legislative and Executive staff on November 26, also shares some of the work done by HCA and providers to recognize National Home Care and Hospice month, plus some resources for legislative staff who were unable to attend the Senate and Assembly sponsored legislative seminar, led by HCA, on the sepsis medical emergency.

We also write about a new study which finds racial disparities in the discharge process to home care settings versus rehabilitation facilities for joint replacement care.

“Home care is uniquely positioned to address disparities in race, ethnicity, culture or language, sexual orientation or gender identity, geographic location, or other factors,” we write, highlighting HCA-developed legislation (A.6772/S.4942) introduced by Senator James Sanders, Jr. and Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes that seeks to help.

“Home care considers the entirety of a patient’s circumstances, including social determinants of health, in assessing, planning and delivering care,” we add. “Many of the conditions most prone to disparities — such as diabetes or asthma — are among the top specialty areas of home care.”

The Capitol Report is a monthly e-newsletter with articles geared for state Legislative and Executive offices about home care, hospice and Managed Long Term Care news and innovations. It comes out during the last week of the month.

An archive of all 12 editions to date is posted at