National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Announced
Deadline to Complete the Input Survey Extended to This Friday, March 5
March 3, 2016 09:39 AM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has announced the launch of the 2016 National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study. NAHC is once again a leading sponsor of this critically important study and is represented on its national steering committee.
According to NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, “This national study will provide our industry with critical insights and information about industry trends and best practices for the future. The 2013 edition was the largest in the history of home health and hospice, and the 2016 research will be even more important given the growing challenges facing our industry including the move toward value based purchasing.”
Phase one of this national endeavor is to solicit input on the study’s design. The steering committee, a prestigious group of leaders of state and national associations and of agencies in every region, is looking for input on the questions to be asked and has created a “pre-survey” that takes less than ten minutes to complete. Halamandaris is urging NAHC members to complete the survey. The deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. EST on March 5. Those interested may click here to participate: Input Survey.
Phase two will include in-depth phone interviews of over 1,000 agency leaders representing every region and sector of the industry. The final phase will include distribution of the findings, free of charge, to every home health and hospice agency in the country and a national speaking tour, including a presentation at the NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition on October 23-25, in Orlando, Florida.
NAHC will be joined by Fazzi Associates, one of the oldest and largest home care and hospice consulting, training, outsourcing, benchmarking and research firms, as co-sponsors of the study. Fazzi Associates will also serve as the developer, research and dissemination lead on the project.
“Our goal is to generate a cross section of best practice information that will be of immediate help to home health and hospice providers, vendors and policy makers,” stated Dr. Robert Fazzi, founding partner of Fazzi Associates and Co-Director of the national study. “This is our fourth National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study, and this year more than ever it’s important to learn what leading agencies are doing. That is, those with the highest quality and patient satisfaction scores and the lowest hospitalizations and cost structures. This information will be especially valuable to home health agencies in the nine Value Based Purchasing (VBP) pilot states – and really to all agencies, because we know that some form of VBP will become reality everywhere in the future.”
Once again, Halamandaris is encouraging NAHC members to complete the pre-survey to provide input on the study questions before 5:00 p.m. EST on March 5. “We want to make sure our members have the opportunity to tell us what issues and concerns are most pressing,” said Halamandaris. Those interested may click here to participate: Input Survey.