The Personal Care Attendant program (PCA) is available to people of any age who have MassHealth Standard or CommonHealth and need assistance with at least two activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, taking medications, eating, transferring or moving inside of the home. An Ethos nurse and occupational therapist will evaluate the consumer for the amount of time that they need for these activities, as well as other tasks that are needed to remain independently at home such as assistance to medical appointments, grocery shopping and homemaking.

Final approval of the amount of time is done by nurses working for UMASS- Commonwealth Medicine. The PCA program sets up the individual as an employer and helps the individual learn how to hire, train and supervise their workers. Ethos works with Mass CP as the fiscal intermediary so that checks can be processed for PCAs and taxes can be paid. PCAs are employees of the individual and MassHealth will pay the wages and statutory benefits such as worker’s compensation.

Additional Resources:

The Mass PCA directory is sponsored by the PCA Workforce Council and it offers a comprehensive and current list of people in Massachusetts who are ready to provide personal care and consumers who are hiring PCAs. Visit to get started!

PCA Program News

January 18, 2022 in Personal Care Attendant

PCA Program Update: Tempus Unlimited is Sole Fiscal Intermediary For MassHealth PCA program

IMPORTANT: As of January 1, 2022, Tempus Unlimited is the ONLY Fiscal Intermediary (FI) for the MassHealth PCA program.  Please only submit timesheets for hours already worked.  Get more information at Timesheets can be sent to Tempus Unlimited by fax:…
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