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EOEA to Reopen Homemaker NOI

Thursday, May 8, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Gurgone
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Next month, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) plans to reopen the Homemaker Notification of Intent (HNOI) to Contract process.  The Homemaker NOI is the process Home Care agencies must complete if they are interested in contracting with the State’s network of 27 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) to provide Homemaker, Personal Care Homemaker, and Supportive Home Care Aide services through State Home Care program. 

New Bidders Q & A Meeting
EOEA will be holding a HNOI Q & A for new bidders next Friday, May 16th from 10:30am to 12:00pm in Lawrence.  During this meeting, EOEA staff will answer questions regarding the HNOI process and online application.  Providers that have already gone through the HNOI application process and have been approved previously do not need to attend.  The following is a link to information on this forum online: http://hnoi-announce.800ageinfo.com/announcements/

Essential Guide for Massachusetts Home Care Aide Service Providers - Council’s Standards Manual
The Council’s Standards of Best Practice for Home Care Aide Services in Massachusetts manual, developed by our Standards Committee, delineates requirements for homemakers, personal care homemakers, supportive home care aides, and home health aides as set forth by EOEA, the federal Conditions of Participation (COPs) for Home Health Agencies, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.  This publication outlines the Massachusetts requirements and procedures for providing home care aide services to ASAP clients. 

The manual is divided into seven distinct sections: Hiring Practices, Position Descriptions, Training Requirements, Competency Evaluation, Field Supervision, In-Service Requirements, and Disciplinary Action & Termination. It also includes Relevant Home Care Laws and Regulations and an appendix with multiple legal reference documents.  In addition, this manual includes a companion resource disk that contains sample documents and additional resources in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats.  

This publication is a must have for home care agencies that would like to establish contracts to provide home care aide services through the Massachusetts ASAP network.

Click on the following link for more details: 2013StandardsOrderform.pdf