Busy Week for the Government Affairs Office in Washington D.C.

Submitted by Dave Totaro, Chief Government Affairs Officer (GAO)

Last week, I was elected to the Board of the Partnership for Quality Home Health (PQHH) replacing Chairman and Founder, Mark Baiada, who stepped down upon his retirement.  PQHH is an alliance of major home health providers dedicated to the development of policy to improve the quality of life and care of all home health patients.  I am also a board member and Chairman of the Partnership for Medicaid Home-based Care (PMHC), an alliance of major Medicaid providers, managed care organizations, state and national home care associations and interested business affiliates dedicated to the development of policy to enhance Medicaid reform.

Also, following each Board meeting, the Partnerships held events to honor the support for Medicaid and Medicare shown by home health care champions U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

And, last week, the Government Affairs Office supported the PQHH Action Alert to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to withdraw their Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), a proposed new payment model for home health services that would significantly cut home health revenues by more than 15%.  As of September 14,  759 BAYADA colleagues have sent 2334 messages to 156 legislators.  Thank you to everyone who took action and who participated in this very important and necessary alert.

Photo: Dave Totaro and Senator Bob Casey at the Partnership for Home-based Care Board Meeting in Washington, DC.

Living the American Dream: BAYADA Helm Passes from Father to Son

Submitted by Conner Sheets, Intern, Government Affairs (GAO)

The idea of a parent who builds up a successful business for their children is one that has been idealized in the US. Few events can fill someone’s heart with pride like seeing something they have dedicated a large portion of their life to building being taken over by someone they have dedicated a large portion of their life to raising. For Mark Baiada, this American Dream became a reality. On his 70th birthday, Mark stepped down as CEO of BAYADA Home Health Care and his son, David Baiada, assumed the position.  Mark will take a position as Chairman of the Board, making himself available for any advice or support that David might need. During his time as CEO, Mark built BAYADA to be recognized as the gold standard of home health care, providing quality care in the home to hundreds of thousands with three key values: compassion, excellence, and reliability. David now takes the wheel and continues to move towards his father’s vision of serving millions of individuals around the globe. It is certain that the principles and values which set BAYADA apart under Mark’s leadership will continue under David’s.

I have had the good fortune to meet Mark and David a couple of times in my brief stay at BAYADA. Though these meetings were brief, two things that were obvious in both men were their compassion and their genuine love for the people around them. I feel quite confident in predicting that we can expect great things from David as he builds off the strong foundation laid by his father.