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ADHC Update March 10, 2017

ADHC Update 3.1.17

 

Hello ADHCC members,

We have several important updates to share with you this week. Please forward this email to your Administrator and colleagues as you feel appropriate.

Congratulations to Plattsburgh ADHC program, recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Program of the Year award! Plattsburgh ADHC was on the brink of closure, unknown in the community and lacking in energy and creativity. Little by little, through trial and error, Plattsburgh was able to turn the program around to a vibrant place where registrants and staff thrive. Plattsburgh ADHC’s story is one of creative reinvention, teamwork within the facility and community and resilience in a time of struggle.

Plattsburgh ADHC program will showcase their excellence through a video to be shown at the awards luncheon April 20th at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga. The awards committee wishes to acknowledge and congratulate all of the nominations. The committee had a difficult task of choosing the winner from eight—the largest number of submissions ever—strong nominations!

Congratulations to Christine Tanchak, recipient of the 2017 Christine M. Fitzpatrick Advocacy Award! Christine is the program director at Loretto Daybreak, Intrepid Lane in Syracuse. She is a passionate advocate and role model for registrants, families and the ADHCC; she works in a quiet, determined way to make sure that all of the registrants’ needs are met. Christine will be honored with a video showcasing her advocacy and contributions to ADHC at the awards luncheon as well. The committee wishes to acknowledge and congratulate all of the advocacy award nominations.

ADHC conference early bird rate ends March 16. Save $75 on the conference registration fee by registering on or before March 16. Click here for the online registration (pay by credit card or check) and read the full schedule of events. The marketing brochure is attached to this email. Take advantage of the Social Work, NAB and Recreation and Activities continuing education credits! All of the educational sessions are designed especially for you. Here is a sample from the 17 sessions offered:

  • Social media strategies to increase referrals, market your program and connect with caregivers.
  • Learning lounge for new directors and staff
  • Fall prevention: root cause analysis
  • HCBS Settings Rule update (learn directly from DOH)
  • Quality assurance/performance improvement
  • Value-based payment
  • Case studies on new business opportunities for ADHC providers.

Transportation advocacy still underway! Thank you to everyone who met with their legislators over the last several weeks! Your participation is crucial—if the legislators don’t hear directly from you, they don’t think the issue is important. Together, we have met with legislators from all corners of the State. Meg and I just met with three additional lawmakers yesterday who promised support. Our lobbyist, Greenburg Traurig, Meg and I feel cautiously optimistic about winning this budget fight. The one-house budget bills will come out early next week; leaders of the Assembly, Senate and Governor’s office will then negotiate on a final budget by April 1.

Kathy Wade, Finger Lakes Health ADHC programs, Region 2 Representative, submits testimony at Assembly Home Care Workforce hearing. The ADHCC wishes to thank Kathy Wade for submitting testimony at the Assembly Home Care Workforce hearing, February 27. Kathy spoke on behalf of the three ADHC programs she manages as well as for all of the ADHC programs that are experiencing staffing issues due to increased minimum wage or newly built casinos. Kathy educated the panel of Assembly members about ADHC and promoted ADHC as a potential solution to home health aide workforce shortages.

Home care is experiencing serious workforce shortages in most areas of the state. MLTC plans can’t find enough aides to fill the hours needed by consumers or prescribed by doctors. The issue is exacerbated by the fact that home health aides are leaving agencies to work in the fast food industry where they can make $15/hour. ADHCC member programs must tailor their marketing to managed care plans to address this issue. If you haven’t done so recently, call the MLTC plans with which you contract and ask about service gaps or hard-to-manage individuals. ADHC programs need to be flexible to meet the needs of the plans and potential registrants. Remember, ADHC is the solution!

House GOP “American Health Care Act” will have significant financial implications to New York State. The Department of Health released a summary of the bill features and details of its financial impact to the state and county governments. The summary is attached to this email and posted to our website here. Even though ADHC is a state-run long term care service and ADHC registrants are not enrolled in the Essential Plan, we will likely feel financial impacts through the $4.5 billion in costs shifted to the state, counties and safety net hospitals over the next four years.

We are also seriously concerned about the impact of Medicaid block grants to New York’s robust Medicaid long term care infrastructure. Medicaid block grants, a long-held policy position to fund state Medicaid budgets, would give each state a fixed grant of federal money to pay for Medicaid coverage. The purpose of block grants is to limit or cap federal funding to states; this would lead to severe reductions in reimbursement for providers, limits on needed services for beneficiaries or denying beneficiaries coverage all together. ADHCC, along with several other associations representing long term care providers, submitted a letter to Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand and members of New York’s Congressional Delegation to express our concerns about these federal proposals. The letter is posted to our website here and attached to this email.

Provider network reopening for Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. The Department of Health is reopening the Performing Provider System (PPS) network from March 15-April 1. During this time, PPS’s will be able to add providers for inclusion in their DSRIP network. If your organization is interested in being included in a PPS network, please reach out to your local PPS. You can search and identify the PPS operating in your county by clicking on your county on the DSRIP state map.

Kathy Behan scholarship donation and application deadline next week. Region 8 (Long Island) and Kim Vogt, 2017 ADHCC chair, would like to invite all members to contribute to the Kathy Behan scholarship fund. The scholarship will be awarded to an ADHCC member who is attending the 2017 conference for the first time. To read more about the scholarship and to apply, click here. The deadline to contribute to the scholarship is Wednesday, March 15. All scholarship applications must be received by Monday, March 20.

 

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Anne and Meg