Home Care and Hospice Association of NJ
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November is Home Care & Hospice Month
Home Care & Hospice Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life-
Association Recognizes Efforts of Home Health Aides


Iselin, N.J – More than 100 certified home health aides were honored recently as caregiving agencies geared up for November’s National Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Month.   

“Certified aides are highly-trained professionals who ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect and love during life’s most difficult journeys,” said Chrissy Buteas, President & CEO of the Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ.

Throughout November, home care agencies and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about how people can receive high-quality care and remain in their homes, increasing their personal comfort and time spent with their families.

“The association and its member agencies salute home care and hospice professionals and volunteers for their dedication and commitment in providing compassionate service to their beneficiaries,” Buteas said. “We thank the thousands of nurses, home health aides, therapists, social workers, hospice volunteers and clergy for their commitment to care for patients in community.” 

Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country.  In New Jersey, over 30,000 patients a year receive hospice services. 

Hospice is not a place, Buteas noted. “Hospice and palliative care combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together.  Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnosis.” 

New Jersey’s home care agencies care for nearly 100,000 Medicare beneficiaries a year, a majority of which have five or more chronic conditions, Buteas added.  Through nursing, home health aide and therapy services, patients are able to remain at home, instead of an institutional setting.  Additionally, home care providers care for patients that need assistance with activities of daily living, which keeps New Jersey’s residents out of nursing facilities.

More information about home care, hospice, palliative care and advance care planning is available from the Home Care and Hospice Association of NJ by email at info@homecarenj.org or by calling 732-877-1100. 

The Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ is the non-profit association which represents and advocates for the full scope of home care and hospice agencies in our state and educates professionals in best caregiving practice. The association was founded in 1973 by a group of New Jersey home health agencies. Since that time it has continued to grow, while still providing the same advocacy and education for which it was founded.

The Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ is pleased to announce the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NJHPCO) is now under the umbrella of the Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ
September 2016

By bringing these two organizations together, it has enhanced our ability to continue to effectively advocate for the full scope of home and community-based services and care for people where they want to be - in their homes.

The Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ is the non-profit Association that represents and advocates for home care and hospice agencies in New Jersey. Home care and hospice agencies provide critical services to help seniors, the disabled and children remain independent and safe at home with loved ones. 

The New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has represented the state’s hospice and palliative care agencies since 1979. The goal of hospice care is to enhance the quality of life for patient and family by providing the opportunity to spend their remaining time together at home. Hospice provides comfort when cure is no longer possible or curative treatment is no longer desired.

Don Pendley, former President of NJHPCO, has assumed the position of Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at the Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ and will oversee hospice and palliative care public policy. We can’t be more pleased to have Don join the team at the Association. His decades of experience and commitment to the hospice industry will be a tremendous asset to all.

Our provider agencies care for over 100,000 Medicare home health and hospice beneficiaries in New Jersey with approximately 65% of home health users having 5+ chronic conditions. Agency services include, but are not limited to, certified home health aides, personal care attendants, live-ins, skilled nursing services, therapy services, nutritional support, social work, hospice care, palliative care, bereavement services and behavioral health services. 

Association Supported FY2016 New Jersey State Budget Resolutions Signed into Law

July 2015

Governor Chris Christie included the following two budget resolutions the Association supported in his SFY16 budget (S2016/A4600) which he signed into law in June. We appreciate Governor Christie, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer, Assemblyman Troy Singleton and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick and all of the Senate and Assembly leadership for their support of our services.

Resolution No. 2216, which allocates $250,000 of the Board of Nursing appropriations to process the home health aide application backlog; and Resolution No. 1173, which modifies language to increase the hourly fee-for-service rate for personal care assistant services.

Resolution No. 2216 provides that "of the amount hereinabove appropriated for Operation of State Professional Boards for the Board of Nursing there is allocated an amount not less than $250,000 to process the home health aide application backlog." As you know we have been discussing the ongoing challenges with getting our CHHAs certified in a timely manner. This budget resolution will allocate funds to assist the Board of Nursing in the processing of CHHA applications. This continues to be a priority of the Association moving forward.

Resolution No. 1173 provides that "notwithstanding the provisions of any law or regulation to the contrary, and subject to the notice provisions of 42 C.F.R. s.447.205, of the amount hereinabove appropriated for Payments for Medical Assistance Recipients - Personal Care, personal care assistant services shall be authorized prior to the beginning of services by the Director of the Division of Disability Services. The hourly rate for fee-for-service personal care services shall be [$15.50] $18.00." With rate decreases occurring under managed care, the State of NJ is increasing its fee for service PCA rate. We will continue to advocate with managed care companies on recognizing the need to reimburse services at an adequate rate so agencies can continue to provide top notch care in the home.