NAHC Concludes its Strategic Planning Congress
February 3, 2014 04:39 PM
NAHC’s Board of Directors, Forum of State Associations and key leaders from the home care and hospice community assembled in Boca Raton, FL recently for series of strategic planning sessions. The aim of the meetings was to give vision, direction, and a unified mission to the entire home health care and hospice community.
The Strategic Planning Congress got underway Thursday night when NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC Board Chairperson Andrea Devoti, and NAHC staff honored Bill Simione for his lifetime of dedication to the home care and hospice community.
“No one does more for home care than Bill Simione,” said Mr. Halamandaris. “Mr. Simione is someone who’s inspired us.”
In reflecting on his close to five decades as a leader in the home care field, Mr. Simione reflected that, “We are now a cohesive industry that is making a difference in the health delivery system. And so is hospice. We have come a long way and I’m proud to be part of this industry.”
NAHC’s Strategic Planning Congress continued Friday morning with a legislative and regulatory panel discussion focusing on the latest developments coming out of Washington, DC. “The word I want to emphasize is ‘action,” said Mr. Halamandaris. “The purpose of this talk is to discuss what’s going on in Washington, DC. It’s not a pretty picture. We have to develop a plan that intersects with this and meets the needs of the Baby Boom generation.”
The panel consisted of NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris as well as Jeffery Kincheloe, NAHC’s Vice President for Government Affairs; Bill Dombi, NAHC’s Vice President for Law; Theresa Forster, NAHC’s Vice President for Hospice Programs; Mary Carr, NAHC’s Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and Richard Brennan, NAHC’s Vice President for Technology Policy.
“Members of Congress like home care for their families, but they’re not giving it the support that it needs,” said Bill Dombi when the conversation turned to possible Medicare cuts. The panel also discussed managed care, ACA implementation, proposed home health copayments, proposals to pay for the SGR, the Face-to-Face requirement, the employer mandate and Medicaid.
The afternoon’s session saw participants break into small groups tasked with developing strategies and action plans for seven different areas for the home care and hospice community: Advocacy/PR; Private Duty; Workforce; Technology; Medicare; Hospice; Medicaid Home Care and Medicare Home Health.
After participants returned to the full Strategic Planning Congress and shared their ideas, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris thanked everyone for their time and participation. “Developing these plans is a gift of your time,” he said. “Now we have to make it happen.”
All NAHC members have the opportunity to become advocates for the home care and hospice community by joining with their peers and colleagues at NAHC’s annual March on Washington, March 23 – 26.
For more information on the March on Washington, please click here.