Higher wages, better training and flexibility are keys to growing home care economy, policy makers say

Higher wages, better training and flexibility are keys to growing home care economy, policy makers say Home care workers must be better paid, better trained and more flexible in their skills as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. That was the message Thursday during a webinar about strengthening the direct care workforce. The nonpartisan research… Continue reading Higher wages, better training and flexibility are keys to growing home care economy, policy makers say

19th News: A first-of-its-kind investment in home care is in the works. But will it be enough?

In Adarra Benjamin’s family, care work has been generational. It has been passed on from woman to woman — her great-grandmother first, then her grandmother and her mother. In 2012, it was Benjamin’s turn.

McKnight’s Senior Living: Providers insist on higher Medicaid rates to recruit, pay home health workers

The Wisconsin Association for Home Care is demanding an increase in the state’s Medicaid rate for home-based skilled nursing. The two-year, $91 billion budget recently unveiled by Governor Tony Evers provided no additional funding for skilled nursing in the home.

Home Health Care News: ‘The Conversation Is Way Overdue’: Why the Home Care Staffing System Is Broken

Families trust home-based care workers with the lives of their loved ones during some of the most vulnerable stretches of their lives. But as at-home care becomes more popular in the U.S., supporting the individuals that make up the workforce will have to be a priority.

Home Health Care News: ‘Let’s Find Solutions That Work’: Care Advantage, Anthem Pioneer Pay-for-Performance Agreement for LTSS

In the post-acute care world, value-based contracting can be fairly straightforward. Sick patients are discharged from the hospital, home health agencies are brought in to help them recover, and then they’re paid appropriately based on how well those people recover.

The New York Times: Covid-19: The U.S. Is Edging Toward Normal, Alarming Some Officials

A single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine can protect older people, a study shows. California reaches a deal that encourages schools to reopen.

The New York Times: Biden Details $2 Trillion Plan to Rebuild Infrastructure and Reshape the Economy

President Biden introduced a $2 trillion plan on Wednesday to overhaul and upgrade the nation’s infrastructure, calling it a transformational effort that could create the “most resilient, innovative economy in the world.”

HealthAffairs: Modernizing Long-Term Services And Supports And Valuing The Caregiver Workforce

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act, increasing the federal matching assistance percentage (FMAP) in Medicaid by 10 percentage points…

NJ.com: They risk their lives nursing grandma through COVID. Now they can’t afford health care

Nursing home staffers are still falling ill at an alarming rate in New Jersey. There were 4,117 such workers with coronavirus as of Friday, which is actually more than the number of residents currently afflicted in those long-term care facilities. More than 17,500 have recovered, but 143 have died.

The Century Foundation: Why Caregiving is Key to Biden’s American Jobs and Families Plan

Infrastructure is what is needed to keep our society running, allow us to innovate, and grow our economy. Traditionally, the term conjures up images of construction—of bridges, roads, and utilities.