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Home Care & Hospice Associations Agree to Merger, Pending Vote

The Home Care Association of Colorado and the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of the Rockies have agreed to merge, subject to a membership vote before the end of January. 

More than a year ago, boards of both organizations convened a task force to explore the possibility of merging to create one entity serving the home care, hospice and palliative care communities. After undergoing a thorough analysis of the effect on budgets, dues, lobbying efforts, and educational programs, the directors of both groups determined that a unified organization would be more effective in all of these areas and would best serve the membership. Both organizations already co-host the annual Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference.

The healthcare industry, as a whole, is changing dramatically. Payment models are converging and agencies are representing multiple fields of practice.  The new, merged entity will bring together two important players in post-acute care to represent all segments of the memberships, including home care, certified home health, home medical equipment, hospice, palliative and private duty.

Together, the larger organization brings more strength in numbers to impact lobbying and regulatory efforts. There is an opportunity to provide more value, more benefits and stronger representation to all members. And combining brings more financial stability to the organization, with more members, more revenue and less expense. 

Please watch for more news about the combination, including the member vote and information about how to log into the combined organization website!


HCAC Welcomes New & Renewing Members For 2020

Posted: January 16, 2020

HCAC would like to thank the following organizations for joining or renewing their membership for 2020:

Agency Members:

  • Alpine Homecare
  • Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
  • Interim Healthcare - Colorado Springs
  • Nursing and Therapy Services of Colorado, Inc. 
  • Sages Elder Care LLC
  • Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare

Allied Members:

  • AlayaCare
  • Alpha Omega Healthcare Solutions, LLC
  • Axxess Technology Solutions
  • Caplan & Ernest, LLC
  • Connect America
  • Hall Render
  • HealthCare Synergy, Inc.
  • Olson & Olson LTD
  • Sandata Technologies
  • The Crag Business Group, Inc.
  • WellSky

Thank you for supporting HCAC!


Not a member or need to renew your membership? Please join us!  


Registration NOW OPEN - 2020 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference 

The 2020 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference organized by the Home Care Association of Colorado and the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of the Rockies will be May 13-15, 2020. For the third year, we'll convene at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. For more information, including sponsoring & exhibiting, please visit the conference website. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register Now!



PDGM is Here, Now What?

Cheryl Peltekis, RN, writes in Home Care Sales of the fears surrounding the new PDGM payment model, "I really felt like we were in the Chicken Little Movie, with the chicken running around screaming, 'The sky is falling!'"

But the sky is still in place, she says. 

Peltekis offers a variety of coding tips and observes, "If you are a salesperson, you may be pressured more than ever to bring in new business. You may be pressured to bring in facility referrals because they reimburse the agency at a higher level."

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Candidate Amy Klobuchar Emphasizes Shortage of Home Care Workers

Presidential candidate Amy Klouchar, a U.S. senator from Minnesota, emphasized the shortage of home-care and other workers at this week's Iowa debate as well as in this opinion interview in The New York Times.

She's quoted in The Times as saying: "According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fastest growing jobs in the country include: home health aides, personal care aides, information security analysts, occupational therapy assistants and a large number of other occupations that, as Senator Klobuchar points out, don’t rely on advanced degrees like M.B.A.s.

"So we’re not going to have a shortage of M.B.A.s or C.E.O.s. We’re going to have a shortage of plumbers. We’re going to have a shortage of home health care workers. We’re going to have over a million home health care workers open those jobs in the next 10 years, and we’re going to have a hundred and something thousand openings for nurse assistants and we’re to have 64,000 job openings for plumbers."

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