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: 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…

19th News: Caregiving advocacy groups launch $20 million campaign on infrastructure bill

Caregiving advocacy groups launch $20 million campaign on infrastructure bill Ahead of President Joe Biden’s expected rollout on Wednesday of a wide-ranging infrastructure plan, a coalition of advocacy groups focused on caregiving announced a $20 million campaign aimed at shoring up support for their priorities. The #CareCantWait coalition is calling on the administration and Congress… Continue reading 19th News: Caregiving advocacy groups launch $20 million campaign on infrastructure bill

The New York Times: Manufacturing Isn’t Coming Back. Let’s Improve These Jobs Instead.

In Congress and the White House, policymakers are developing a bill that is expected to pour trillions into updating American transit, energy and utility systems. Repairs are certainly necessary, and it’s impossible to overstate the urgency of such a program in terms of the transition to a more sustainable economy.

Politico: Nursing homes need fixing. Here’s where to start.

When the Covid-19 pandemic came to America, nursing homes became “ground zero” for the pandemic. Although less than half of 1 percent of the U.S. population resides in nursing homes, they account for nearly 40 percent of all Covid deaths.

Daily KOS: Program allows low-wage healthcare workers of color to obtain better paying union jobs

In 2020, at the age of 49, Trinidad Garcia de Ochoa went back to school—sort of. At the time, she was a healthcare worker at an Irvine, California, Kaiser Permanente hospital, where she spent 12 years doing strenuous housekeeping work. She decided it was time for a change and through her union—the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers West (UHW)—she enrolled in a program that would allow her to move up into a better paying union job in a new department.

Health Affairs: To Achieve Equitable Quality Of Care In Nursing Homes, Address Key Workforce Challenges

In the United States, since the start of the pandemic, 5 percent of COVID-19 cases and 36 percent of deaths occured within long-term care (LTC) facilities…

KHN: Health Workers Unions See Surge in Interest Amid Covid

The nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, declared on March 6 — by filing the official paperwork — that they were ready to vote on the prospect of joining a national union. At the time, they were motivated by the desire for more nurses and support staff, and to have a voice in hospital decisions.