The Baker Administration announced plans to require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff at rest homes, assisted living residences (ALRs), hospice programs, as well as for home care workers (HCWs) providing in-home, direct care services.
The plan to expand the vaccine requirement for caregivers is subject to Public Health Council (PHC) approval and is part of the Administration’s continued effort to protect older adults against COVID-19. Last month, the Administration announced a vaccine requirement for employees of skilled nursing facilities. Continue reading
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the deep existing flaws in the long-term care system and elevated opportunities to better support healthcare workers, improve care, and reducing disparities.
Task forces on both a national and state scale recently released separate reports that bring to light issues of concern and potential solutions. Continue reading
Learning from New State Initiatives in Financing Long-Term Services and Supports, a 48-page report detailing findings from the analysis, was developed in partnership with Community Catalyst’s Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation. A 12-page Executive Summary is also available. Continue reading
The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award highlights the successes of community-based organizations (CBOs) that are partnering and contracting with health care entities, such as hospitals and health plans, with the goal of spurring the replication of these partnerships nationwide. Continue reading
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services has launched launching a Nursing Home Family Resource Line – a dedicated phone line to connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need.
This new phone line provides one central contact for families and community members who have questions about the nursing home or rest home care their loved one is receiving during the COVID-19 outbreak. Continue reading
Although hospital readmission rates decreased overall in recent years for patients age 65 and older, both the volume and rate of readmissions increase with older patient age groups. For example, patients aged 85 and over had the highest readmission rate in 2018 (17.2%), followed by patients aged 75-84 (17.1%).
This is among a list of findings in the Massachusetts Hospital-Wide Adult All-Payer Readmissions SFY 2011-2018 report produced by the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA). The report provides a statewide look at readmissions from Massachusetts acute care hospitals, enabling insights into statewide, regional, and hospital-specific readmission rates, including breakdowns by payer type, discharge setting, and hospital characteristics. Continue reading
The LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston revealed its new website (www.LTSScenter.org) with helpful resources and research on a range of topics tied to Long Term Services and Supports. Continue reading
The Home Care Aide Council announces an opportunity for an energetic, driven leader to support the legislative and policy initiatives of the organization. The Executive Director drives the organization’s vision, while meeting the expectations of our membership and serving as the voice for home care aide services in Massachusetts. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) will host a series of public statewide listening sessions on recent changes to Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L.) specifically, Chapter 139 of the Acts of 2017 requiring EOEA to create a Home Care Worker Registry (HCW Registry). Continue reading
New survey results of the state’s home care workforce reveal that home care agencies, on average, are only able to retain three of the 18 workers typically hired over a three month period. Continue reading