Welcome to the Home Care Association of Washington
Legislative Issues - HCAW is working for you!
HCAW Legislative Consultant Leslie Emerick has been leading a team of HCAW representatives in key meetings at the State Capitol to continue to fight for inclusion of increased Medicaid reimbursement in the Governor's, House, and Senate budgets. Those meetings have been with Governor's Policy and Budget staff, Committee Leadership (Ways and Means, Aging and Disability, and Health Care Committees), and other key legislators. Representing HCAW membership, in addition to Leslie and Doris, have been Marc Berg, Tom Brown, Rob Krause, Fran Sisson, Deanna Thurston, Stacy Olinger, and Randy Dalton. Many thanks to these individuals.....some of them have made several trips to Olympia to get our message out there and to represent our mutual interests!
2014 Annual Conference - April 22-24, 2014
We’re delighted to announce that Arnie Cisneros, PT will be our keynote speaker at HCAW’s 2014 Annual Conference. His keynote presentation will be on “Healthcare Reform and the Effects on Community Care”— program focused on how Healthcare Reform affects us all and will redefine how and where patients receive care services in the future
Click here to learn more about Arnie and to book your hotel rooms today!
On June 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a draft regulation that proposes to deeply cut Medicare funding for home healthcare services. If finalized in its current form, this regulation could threaten our sector's ability to deliver the quality skilled home health services that our nation's most vulnerable Medicare seniors need.
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Preparing for a Disaster
Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the Oklahoma tornadoes are recent reminders that disaster can strike anywhere, anytime. The potential of earthquakes and other natural or terrorist related incidents happening in our state are very real. Although most of us would rather not think about it, preparation before an incident and coordination and collaboration during an incident, are essential for managing resources and saving lives. All Washington State healthcare professionals and facilities should know what to do and how to respond in case of an incident in our state. That knowledge starts with a basic understanding of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). You can learn more about this by taking the interactive online course in this link: http://emilms.fema.gov/IS100hcb/indexMenu.htm.
When (not if, but when) a widespread disaster strikes, it will not be business as usual. There will be a new pathway for obtaining resources, such as personnel, supplies, and equipment. There will be a centralized dispatch for personnel to respond to emergencies. Standardized terminology specific to NIMS that facilitates effective communication will be used. Plan now to familiarize yourself and your staff to the emergency infrastructure.
Home Care Manager Certificate Program
HCAW has partnered with CAHSAH in the launch of a newly updated online course for home care managers and front line supervisors covering core business operating principles and identifying tools necessary to successfully manage a home care agency. The goal of the Home Care Manager Certificate Program HCMCP™ On-Demand is to provide attendees with the core management business operating principles and competencies to successfully and effectively operate a home care organization. This program is entirely online through our CAHSAH Portal.
The Home Care Manager Certificate Program HCMCP™ is an interactive and intensive educational program, providing leading edge management concepts and skills that are critical for home care managers to know and understand. This program was designed to accommodate all sections of home care, from private pay to large home care agencies. There are two modules to choose from; Private Duty or Medicare Certified.
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Home Care Administrator Certificate Program
The goal of the Home Care Administrator Certificate Program HCACP™ is to provide a supportive learning environment for administrators and senior managers. The HCACP™ will strengthen your competencies to position your organization for success and help you integrate the complexities of quality, compliance, financial management, and strategic performance. The HCACP™ is broken down into a three module curriculum. Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual that is a must-have resource for years to come. Click here for more information.