What you need to know this week
New Federal Rules Will Require Home Health Agencies to Do Much More For Patients
New federal regulations will require home health agencies to be more responsive to patients and caregivers. The first major change of rules governing these organizations in nearly three decades, the regulations specify the conditions under which 12,600 home health agencies can participate in Medicare and Medicaid, serving more than 5 million seniors and younger adults with disabilities and serious illnesses through these government programs. Effective in July unless delayed by the new presidential administration, the changes will bolster patients’ rights and ensure that they receive clear and timely information. Their caregivers will also be supported so they can be more actively engaged. Click here to read more.
3 Key Components to Ensuring Palliative Care Access
In a recently-released video, Allison Shivers, vice president of payment policy at CAPC, discusses how palliative care utilization can be advanced at the community level. It begins—says Allison—with placing an increased importance on educating clinicians of all disciplines in palliative care skills. Allison also speaks on education directed towards consumers as well as the need for programs to maintain adequate funding to ensure access. Click here to watch the full video and read the transcript.
Finding Solutions to the “Growing Caregiver Crisis”
According to NextAvenue—a national journalism service that addresses issues relating to America’s aging population—roughly 36 million people in the country provide care and support for an aging relative every day. These family caregivers often experience financial stress and health-related problems of their own as they care for their loved ones.
To address these issues, The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI)—which works to transform eldercare and disability services—is launching the #60caregiverissues Campaign. The campaign will aim explore and address the caregiving challenges facing the country head on. Over the next two years, PHI will be sharing new research, insights, and solutions aimed at helping the Trump administration, state policymakers, community leaders, home-care providers and families come together to solve the caregiving challenge. The campaign will also look at how to increase the number of paid caregivers, who will be needed to fill more than 630,000 home-care jobs over the next decade. Click here for more information. To watch a video that details the “caregiver crisis” further, click here.
2017 Palliative Care Leadership Center™ Training Dates Now Open and Include Community Focus
Recognizing the tremendous need for the delivery of high-quality palliative care in the community, CAPC is now expanding Palliative Care Leadership CentersTM to the community setting. Three new locations are being launched to focus on training teams to design, establish, and sustain palliative care programs in home and/or office/clinic settings. The new locations join existing PCLCs that have demonstrated impactful training for hospital settings, some of whom will also be offering community-focused training.
The addition of these new PCLCs recognizes the diversity of both care settings and patient populations. These new sites will address the challenges and considerations unique to teams providing palliative care “in the field.” PCLCs are located across the United States and represent diverse provider types. Teams have the choice to train at the PCLC that best meets their needs and aligns with their organizational profile. For more information and to enroll, click here.