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APTA Home Health is committed to being the best we can be for you, our valued member. It is important to us to understand how you are feeling about the value and benefits of membership. We have created a quick survey for you to share your thoughts and ideas, which should take less than 5 minutes to complete. This will help us to better serve you and your colleagues, and we appreciate your time.

Please click here to complete the short survey by 11:59pm ET on November 7, 2022.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

 

Meet the Newly Elected Board Members

The 2022 Board elections began on September 1, 2022 and ended September 30, 2022. The election was sent out to 1,673 PT and PTA members of the Home Health Section. Of those, only 68 submitted a ballot.

All votes were verified by the appointed teller committee.
  • Emily Henneman, PT, DPT
  • Nick Panaro, PT, DPT
  • Linda Teodosio, PT, DScPT
Below are the candidates that won the election. Their elected terms begin at CSM in February 2023 and will go through February 2026.

Vice President
Nominating Committee Members
 
 

Ask Your Members of Congress to Support the Preserving Access to Home Health Act (H.R. 8581/S.4605)

The Preserving Access to Home Health Act of 2022 was recently introduced in the U.S. Congress by Reps. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Susan Collins, R-Maine. This bipartisan legislation would prevent a proposed 7.69% cut and the additional $2 billion in "clawback" cuts to home health care services that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services included in the proposed 2023 Home Health Prospective Payment rule. These cuts are on top of CMS continuing the assumption-based -4.36% behavioral change adjustment that has reduced rates since 2020.

The legislation would prevent CMS from implementing any permanent or temporary adjustment to home health prospective payment rates before 2026. This delay would provide time for CMS to refine its proposed approach to determining budget neutrality in home health.

Please take a few minutes to contact your members of Congress and urge them to support the Preserving Access to Home Health Act (H.R. 8581/S.4605) and encourage them to include it any year-end legislative package that Congress considers.

Thank you for your advocacy and support of the PT profession!

Click Here to Contact Members of Congress! 

 

CDC Expands Recommendations for Use of Bivalent COVID-19 Booster

Last Wednesday, the CDC expanded recommendations for the use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent vaccine for ages 5 through 11 years old and Moderna COVID-19 bivalent vaccine for ages 6 through 17 years old. The “updated boosters” vaccines target multiple strains of COVID-19—the original strain of the virus and 2 of the Omicron variants (BA.4 and BA.5).

The updated boost doses for this age group are already available for those seeking Moderna and arriving this week for Pfizer. Various providers will be offering the bivalent boost dose for this age group including local pharmacies, doctor’s offices and health departments.
 
Individuals may choose to receive either the Moderna or Pfizer bivalent booster, regardless of which primary series vaccine or original booster dose they received. The current monovalent vaccine is no longer available for those 5 and older for use as a booster but remains available to complete the primary series.

Those who are eligible to receive a bivalent booster dose right now include:

  • Moderna Booster: Individuals 6 years of age and older if it has been at least 2 months since they completed their primary vaccination series or received a booster dose.
  • Pfizer-BioNTech: Individuals 5 years of age and older if it has been at least 2 months since they completed their primary vaccination series or received a booster dose.
 

DOL Targets Home Care with Proposed Independent Contractor Rule

McKnight’s Home Care | By Diane Eastabrook
 
Home care agencies beware: The Department of Labor is poised to release a proposed rule today that will make it easier for the department to find that caregivers have been misclassified as independent contractors, rather than employees.
 
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said the proposed rule will provide better guidance to employers and help them avoid misclassifying employees. 
 
“While independent contractors have an important role in our economy, we have seen in many cases that employers misclassify their employees as independent contractors, particularly among our nation’s most vulnerable workers,” Walsh said in a statement. “Misclassification deprives workers of their federal labor protections, including their right to be paid their full, legally earned wages. The Department of Labor remains committed to addressing the issue of misclassification.”
 
In a statement, the DOL singled out home care as one of nearly a dozen industries where worker misclassification is a problem. The DOL will focus on whether a worker is economically dependent upon the entity sourcing the client for work or if the worker is in, in fact, in business for themselves, Polsinelli Law, which represents home care providers, said. The current test, which has been in effect since early last year, analyzes five factors but places emphasis on two factors: the nature and degree of control over work and the worker’s opportunity to profit or lose money based on personal initiative or investment.
 
“The new proposed rule will focus on the ‘economic reality’ of the worker’s situation, ultimately asking: Are they economically dependent upon the registry/entity sourcing the client for work (and therefore an employee) or are they in business for themselves (and therefore an independent contractor),” the law firm continued in a recent email alert. 
 
Polsinelli said the proposed rule will also focus on whether the worker is integral to a firm’s business. For instance, if the business is matching a caregiver with a client, then the caregiver is integral to that business and should be classified as an employee.

The Notice is available here

Comments on the proposed rule are due on or before November 28, 2022.  As reported by NAHC, if the rule is finalied as written, the impact on the home-based care industry could be significant.

 
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