Home Care & Hospice Association in the News


Bipartisan group of legislators works to set minimum hourly rate as insurance company announces plan to cut what it pays for home care services

The bill passed the Assembly last week and is scheduled for a vote Thursday in the Senate Budget Committee, thanks in part to pressure from key Senate sponsors, Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington), and Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Passaic.) The group held a press conference late last week — along with Chrissy Buteas, president and CEO of the Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ, Muniz, and others — to push for its passage.

Four years into a demonstration project that affected the way tens of thousands of Medicaid patients received long-term care and other services, New Jersey plans to seek federal permission to build on the project’s reforms with other changes designed to make the healthcare system more flexible, improve patient outcomes, and reduce costs.

“We compliment the state’s efforts in transitioning patients into the community – frequently the most desired place of the patient, which also utilizes new technology to enhance services,” said Chrissy Buteas, president and CEO of the Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ. Buteas said it remains a challenge for these providers to hire and retain qualified staff members, given the low reimbursement rates.  Read more here.

Understand three new laws focusing on senior care — and what still needs to be done
Chrissy Buteas, President & CEO Quote in NJ Biz Article, January 2016

“One of our goals as an industry is to ensure that people not only are able to receive care in their homes, but that they receive the highest standards of care and a program that is most appropriate to them and their condition. This law will help ensure that promise is kept to our clients and their families. And, by making sure care is delivered in the most efficient and effective manner, this will also help safeguard taxpayer money. Home care has already proven to lead to strong patient results with lower costs of providing care, and our members are committed to that mission,” Chrissy Buteas, CEO and president of Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey, said of the third law.

Governor Kean Films PSA to discuss benefits of Home Care & Hospice

As part of Home Care & Hospice Month, we were honored to work with former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean on a public service announcement promoting the benefits of home health and hospice care. The PSA will air on Cablevision affiliates throughout the winter. Our thanks to Gov. Kean for his time and willingness to join us in informing residents of the options they have in vital health care.

November is National Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month, a recognition of the thousands of health care professionals and related staff who work tirelessly every day to provide patients and families vital health and nursing care in the best place imaginable -- their own homes.

Chrissy Buteas, President & CEO, Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ submitted the following Letter to the Editor to NJ newspapers

Home-care technology can reduce hospital readmissions, if covered
Chrissy Buteas, Press of Atlantic City and Courier News, October 4th, 2015.

Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ Meets with Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06)
WMBC-TV, September 1, 2015

The Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ hosted Congressman Frank Pallone at the home of a patient receiving telehealth service.  Congressman Pallone is a ranking member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to health care. The Association discussed all home care and hospice priorities with the Congressman, including face to face, telehealth, workforce, and hospice and palliative care priorities.

NJ Hospitals Hit with Medicare Penalties for High Readmission Rates

Briana Vannozzi, NJTV, September 1, 2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released the updated Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

Members of New Jersey's Home Care & Hospice Association say looking to programs like telehealth and home health aids could help.
Briana Vannozzi, NJTV, August, 7, 2015

“During the second quarter of our teleheath program, for the patients who were on that the readmission rate is about 3.6 percent for those patients and the national average for those patients — these are heart failure patients — is about 22 percent so it’s a pretty significant reduction,” Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey Board Chair Ann Painter.

Telehealth Care Allows for Remote Monitoring of Patients
Briana Vannozzi, NJTV, June 4, 2015


Medicare Rules Make It Hard for Some to Get Home Health Care
Briana Vannozzi, NJTV, April 8, 2014

The Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ President & CEO Chrissy Buteas and Board Chair, Ann Painter from the VNA of Somerset Hills, highlight recent Medicare Face-to-Face requirement concerns at a patient visit with Congressman Lance.


Visiting Nurse services allow patients to stay home; Congressman pledges to fight for continued Medicare support for Visiting Nurse services; wants to unravel the red tape
Mike Deak, April 7, 2015

Bill Would Let Poor NJ Residents Make Informed End-of-Life Decisions
Andrew Kitchenman, NJ Spotlight, February 18, 2015

Home Health Care?  No Trouble Here:
Brett Johnson, NJBiz, January 19, 2015

Live-In Health Aides to Earn More – Will Providers Pass Along Costs?
Andrew Kitchenman, NJ Spotlight, December 19, 2014

Home Health Agencies Want Warning Before Reimbursement Cuts
Andrew Kitchenman, NJ Spotlight, December 8, 2014

Home care staffing crunch in New Jersey
Alice Gomstyn, The Record, November 2, 2014

Bill Would Tighten Oversight of Companion Services for Elderly
Andrew Kitchenman, NJ Spotlight, July 3, 2014