2019 Healthcare at Home in the News

For the People Podcast - CT Association for Healthcare at Home
October 20, 2019

This morning John Voket and the award-winning For the People bring in the president of the CT Association for Healthcare at Home to talk about their upcoming Annual Conference and Exhibition Expo.

Listen to the podcast here: start at time 38:30


CT Association for Healthcare at Home Announces Leadership Transition 
Hoyt Accepts National Role, Wodatch Named Interim Executive Director
June 13, 2019

Janine Fay, Chairman of the Board of the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home has announced that Deborah R. Hoyt, Association President and CEO will depart on June 27 for a national position and Tracy Wodatch, Association Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Services will become the Association’s Interim Executive Director.

Read the full press release here.


Hartford Courant Op Ed - Behavioral Health and Opioid Crisis 
By Kim Nystrom

Connecticut is in the midst of an opioid crisis that is killing our citizens, regardless of who they are or where they’re from. According to data from the state’s Chief Medical Examiner’s office, there have been 3,701 opioid-related deaths over the last four years, one of the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths in the nation.

Read the full article here.


Hoyt Represents Home Health at CT Medicaid Innovation Public Forum
January 16, 2019

Deborah Hoyt, Association President and CEO presented an overview of the licensed home health and hospice industry at the January 10, 2019 CT Medicaid Innovation Public Forum hosted by Legislative Human Services Committee Co-Chairs, State Rep. Catherine Abercrombie and Senator Marilyn Moore. The forum was open to the public and all state legislators to learn about the CT Medicaid program, the provider network, its scope of services and economic impact. Various speakers offered innovative concepts to enhance care delivery and drive cost savings. 

View Deborah Hoyt’s presentation here: start at time 1:06:00

View the full 2 hour and 21 minute event here.


Another Good Idea From Rhode Island
July 27, 2018

Congratulations to Rhode Island for recognizing the need to “catch up” reimbursement rates to its home health providers with a 29 percent rate increase to sustain Medicaid client access to care as well as continue their state Medicaid cost per client savings trend.

Connecticut would be wise to follow this example as the situation here has become unsustainable for providers.

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CT Home Care Wage Inequity is Destabilizing the Medicaid Safety Net
April 30, 2018

The State of CT is finally recognizing the value of healthcare provided by home care workers. Our local VNAs and other Medicaid home health agency providers and their 19,000 employees have saved the State general fund $103-Million each year for the past 11 years, totaling $1.3-Billion in savings, according to DSS reports. However, not all home-based care workers are the same. More importantly, the source of funding to pay home-based worker wages are not the same.

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Deborah Hoyt Speaks on Trends in Home-Based Care Delivery 2020 and Beyond
April 4, 2017

Listen to Deborah Hoyt, President and CEO of the CT Association for Healthcare at Home in an interviewed with Merrily Orsini as part of a podcast series, “Help Choose Home” sponsored by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC). Learn about the shift in decision-making by physicians, hospitals, insurance companies and government programs including Medicare and Medicaid that are making “home” the desired setting for care for our aging population and those with chronic conditions. Home-based care has proven to be patient-preferred, cost-effective, high quality and most importantly, keeps families together when a loved one is experiencing ongoing care needs.

Click Here to Listen to the Podcast.


Nov. 27, 2017 CT Long Term Care Advisory Council.
Dec. 6, 2017

Click here to Watch the CTN Meeting Coverage


End of Life Care in the US.
Oct. 31, 2017

Do you know someone who has received or is currently undergoing hospice care? How has that experience affected you, your friends, your family? 

Click Here to Listen to the Podcast.


WTNH-TV Ch. 8 Mark Davis Report: Home health care in jeopardy because of state budget stalemate
Aug. 22, 2017
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) 

Home health care agencies around the state appear to be in jeopardy because of the continued state budget stalemate at the Capitol. Licensed Home health nursing care is designed to save the state money by keeping the chronically ill Medicaid population out of costly Emergency Rooms and Nursing Homes. The State’s home health industry saves the State budget $103-Million per year on average,a state budget savings that is in jeopardy as home health agencies begin to limit access, close their doors,and discharge Medicaid clients due to 10 years of inadequate reimbursement rates. 

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Connecticut’s Medicaid efficiency is at the providers’ expense 
The CT Mirror
July 27, 2017

If Connecticut residents are wondering what Connecticut’s “secret sauce” is to rank us tops in efficient Medicaid spending, it’s a combination of Inadequate and flat Medicaid reimbursement to home health providers, a State Plan Amendment cutting Medicaid behavioral home health nursing rates by 15 percent and other factors -- all at the suffering and demise of our Medicaid provider community. 

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Foolish to Cut Medicaid Providers that Save the State $100-Million Every Year

The Governor’s Executive Order calls for a 5-10% reimbursement cut to non-profits as well as eliminating “add-on” payments to Medicaid home health providers serving the State’s most vulnerable in our inner cities. 

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See Below for Additional News Coverage of the CT Association for Healthcare at Home

A. Press Items 2017

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Ch. 8 Report: Home Health Care in Jeopardy PDF (71.1 KB) Administration 8/24/2017
Patients Stuck In Hospital Beds Due To Cuts PDF (90.63 KB) Administration 8/24/2017
Home Health Care in Jeopardy Because of Budget PDF (115.98 KB) Administration 8/23/2017
Medicare PPS Proposed Rates - January 1, 2018 XLS (1.93 MB) Administration 8/23/2017
Cuts To Home Health Nursing to Destabilize PDF (97.88 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Dan Haar Hospital Group Aims To Change Minds PDF (113.71 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Hartford Operations Must Pay About 5.25M To Settle PDF (104.51 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Physicians Thoughts on CT End of Life Care PDF (99.33 KB) Administration 7/7/2017

B. Press Items 2016

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Study Shift To Home Care Could Save CT 657M PDF (85.3 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Most Home Health Care Agencies Providing Avera PDF (211.8 KB) Administration 7/7/2017

C. Press Items 2015

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Medicaid Cuts in Malloy Budget PDF (411.81 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Home Care Spending Saves State Millions PDF (176.37 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Malloy Mental Health Cuts Crippling PDF (174.56 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Flublok Press Release PDF (290.53 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
People Behind Budget Cuts Make Their Pitch PDF (333.23 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Home Cares Smart Way To Deal With Aging Population PDF (106.15 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Hartford Courant Opinion Malloy Mental Health PDF (79.04 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
CTs Healthcare Industry Preps For 247k Seniors PDF (185.94 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Budget Cuts To Mental Health Moves Those Most PDF (92.73 KB) Administration 7/7/2017