Category: Capitol Report Newsletter

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.

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. Continue reading “November Capitol Report Features HCA Budget Measures, Home Care Month, Sepsis, Disparities”