Workforce

Bullet Points on Workforce Wages Jan 7 2022l-Interventions are needed NOW to address the direct care workforce crisis!

Medication Aide Survey – In 2019, the DC Board of Nursing approved new certification standards for medication aides (MA-C). MA-Cs are CNAs and HHAs who have received additional training and have been certified to administer medications under the supervision of an RN or LPN. The DC Coalition for Long-term Care, Subcommittee on Workforce Development surveyed providers across the LTSS spectrum to better understand the need for certified medication aides in DC.

Action Alert for Preserve Our Healthcare Workforce Emergency Amendment Act – The DC Council has introduced Emergency Legislation called the “Preserve Our Healthcare Workforce Emergency Amendment Act of 2021. This bill amends the DC Health Occupations Revision Act (HORA) to allow individuals who are not licensed or certified in the District of Columbia to continue to engage in the proactive of providing healthcare in the District of Columbia until August 10, 2022.

Survey Regarding Loss of Waivers and Vaccine Mandate on LTSS Staffing– During the Public Health Emergency, DC Health granted waivers allowing DC Health Care Providers to hire nurses, certified nursing assistances and home health aides who were not licensed or certified in DC to work in DC health care facilities to address critical staffing shortages. Those waivers have now expired. The DC Coalition for Long Term Care, working in partnership with the DC Health Care Association, Leading Age DC, the DC Home Health Association and the Maryland National Capital Home Care Association, sent out a short survey to understand the impact. 

CNA Needs Assessment Survey– LeadingAge DC, in partnership with the DC Health Care Association, and the DC Coalition on Long Term Care, fielded this survey to better understand the short and long-term staffing needs of long-term care providers that hire certified nursing assistants (CNAs). 

COVID-19 Impact on HHA’s Survey– The D.C. Coalition on Long Term Care and D.C. Appleseed conducted a survey of home health agencies to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the homecare workforce, particularly during the stay-at-home period of the pandemic.

Workforce Fact SheetThis 4-page document provides an overview and talking points covering the reasons behind the shortage of Home Health Aides (HHAs) and other direct care workers in DC. Created by the DC Coalition on Long Term Care Workforce Subgroup.