**Urgent Reminder: HERDS LHCSA Survey**

In cooperation with the Department of Health (DOH/the Department) this serves as a reminder to all Licensed Home Care Services Agencies (LHCSAs) to complete the required Health Electronic Response Data system (HERDS) survey regarding staffing and vaccination rates.

The survey was released at 8:00 am today, and must be submitted to DOH by 1:00 pm. It will need to be completed daily at least through Friday, October 8, 2021.

First and most important to note is that every LHCSA must have the appropriate personnel assigned to the proper role in the Health Commerce System (HCS) in order to complete the survey.

The survey includes workforce information, patient care hours, client census and vaccination data.

The Department informed HCP that many agencies had begun the survey and “saved” it, but the survey must be SUBMITTED in order to be rendered compete.

LHCSAs are reminded that failure to respond to the survey is an enforceable violation subject to fines up to $2,000 per occurrence.

The survey results will be used to inform decisions regarding staff shortages in the home care sector. This data is imperative to illustrate the impending impact in home care as a result of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Submit the survey as soon as possible to inform the state and avoid falling into non-compliance.

Questions about the survey should be sent to [email protected].