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Free Webinar on Sepsis Intervention Initiative in Home Care 

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017
A free webinar from the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA) will provide information and lessons about the Home Care Sepsis Initiative and Tool on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 12 Noon MST.
The webinar will discuss lessons learned about the clinical use of the Home Care Sepsis Initiative and Tool. In addition, a major foundation project grant to promote statewide adoption, use, and cross-sector collaboration in sepsis response was recently awarded to HCA of New York. Explanation of this initiative and implementation will be provided, as it can be adopted in other states, in other sectors and in innovative models (e.g. sepsis bundles). Case examples will help to further clarify the clinical application of early recognition and treatment of sepsis.

By the end of the webinar, viewers will be able to
*           Describe the HCA Home Care Sepsis Initiative and Tool;
*           Identify areas for adoption, use, and cross-sector collaboration in sepsis response;
*           Discuss clinical case examples to further understand the use of the screening and how it can be applied to your environment.

Speaking during the webinar will be Al Cardillo, Amy Bowerman, RN BSN, and Eve Bankert (MT ASCP).

Mr. Cardillo is the Executive Vice President of the Home Care Association of New York State and a Sepsis Alliance Advisory Board Member. He has worked in the health field for over 35 years, with positions in both the public and private sectors, including roles in health services development, administration, legislation, budget, provider association, and other.

Ms. Bowerman is the Executive Director of Senior Network Health MLTC and the Director of Quality Improvement and Privacy Officer for Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County.

Ms. Bankert is a Quality Improvement Specialist for IPRO and leads the New York division of the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Special Innovation Project: Community Based Sepsis Initiative.

Journal: Home Health Care Is a Big Money-Saver After Hospital Visits

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017

Patients who receive home health care after a hospital discharge are savingthe health care system some serious dough, on average, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine and reported on by Home Health Care News. 

With $40 billion spent on hospitalizations annually, the study furthers the value proposition of home health care as a major driver of health care savings and improved clinical benefits.

The study, which was conducted by authors at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, looked at 65,541 patients who were discharged from the hospital with self-care and 6,560 home health care patients over a 365-day-post-discharge period. The retrospective cohort study was conducted between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2015.

American Journal of Medicine report

Home Health Care News story


Next West Slope Forum Will Be On Friday, Dec. 15

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017

The next West Slope Forum meeting and statewide members only conference call will take place on Friday, Dec. 15. Please save the date:

Location: Bookcliff Country Club: 2730 G Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81506970-243-3323


9:30 am:  Welcome, Introductions, Networking, Review of Agenda
10 am:  HCAC Statewide Members-Only Conference Call: Legislative updates from Ellen Caruso, HCAC Director of Government Affairs, and association update from Don Knox, HCAC Executive Director
11 am-1 pm:  Lunch ordered individually from menu at Bookcliff Country Club. Bring check payable to Bookcliff Country Club. Cost will depend on individual order. We are organizing a community wide emergency disaster drill with Travis Dorr from the Mesa County ESF8 Planning Committee
1 pm: Adjournment 

For questions and to RSVP, please contact West Slope Forum Chair:
Sarah Andrews, RN



HCAC Statewide Members Only Conference Call Is Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017

Mark your calendar!

Join Us On Friday, December 15 From 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Call in and learn the latest about Home Care in Colorado from HCAC leaders.

Legislative and regulatory update from Ellen Caruso, HCAC Director of Government Affairs, and Betsy Murray and Eliza Schultz, HCAC lobbyists.

Gather your staff for this valuable update on the state of Home Care in Colorado! here for the 'join' information.

No RSVP required. No cost to call in!

For questions, contact the HCAC office at or 303-848-2521.


Home Health and Hospice Create Independence at Home

Posted: Nov. 2, 2017

Washington, DC, October 31, 2017 — November is National Home Care and Hospice Month and agencies and caregivers across the United States are raising awareness about the unique and irreplaceable value of health care delivered in the home. Home health care is high-quality care that empowers patients to take control of their own care and treatment while remaining independent and at home, where 90 percent of Americans want to be while dealing with chronic illness.

Home care provides compassionate, personalized, and technologically advanced health care to millions of Americans every year. The people who work in home care are uniquely devoted to the health and well-being of their patients, a fact demonstrated by the 7.6 billion miles home care providers traveled in 2016 alone to provide quality care in the home. Home Care Aide Week takes place November 12-18 and we hope everyone will join us in honoring these compassionate, tireless workers who play an invaluable role for their clients as caregivers, companions, and friends.

”Home care and hospice services are critical to our health care system today and will be even more important in the years to come,” said William A. Dombi, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). “Every day, nearly two million dedicated caregivers provide essential services to over 12 million vulnerable seniors, persons with disabilities, and children in their homes. We call upon all Americans to honor the power and value of home care and hospice and to applaud the hard work and sacrifice made by these caregivers every day across America.”

With ten thousand Americans turning 65 every day, the need for health care will continue to rise, and costs will continue to skyrocket. Not only is home care the preferred choice for the vast majority of Americans, it also offers the greatest cost savings. For example, Medicare pays nearly $2,000 per day for a typical hospital stay and about $450 per day for a typical nursing home stay. Home care, however, often costs less than $100 per visit and permits patients to remain at home, with their families and loved ones. Home care helps the many U.S. seniors who live at home to stay independent, enrich their lives, and keep in touch with their communities and those they love.

Throughout November NAHC and home care and hospice providers will wage a public campaign to inform the public and policymakers about the impact of home health and hospice on the people in their communities and the value it brings to the entire country. We will have key facts, images, videos and articles about home care and hospice you can view and distribute on social media to spread the message.

For more information about the home care, hospice, Home Care & Hospice Month, Home Care Aide Week (November 12-18, 2017), and NAHC, visit

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