Patrick O’Connor, Acclaimed Film Producer, to Speak and the NAHC Annual Meeting
Documentary on Homecare to Premier at Orlando Convention
August 29, 2016 09:10 AM
Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC proudly announces that Patrick O’Connor, a highly regarded film Producer, will speak and screen his prize winning feature length film starring nurse practitioner Jessica Macleod at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida on October 23-25.
O’Connor has just completed work on a feature length documentary starring Jessica Macleod, a nurse practitioner going about her work providing homecare to several patients.
“We are proud to bring this film to the attention of our members. It is a highly moving and highly professional depiction of what Mother Teresa called ‘loving from the heart.’ The film will make everyone even more proud of the work to which all of us have given our lives,” said Halamandaris.
At the center of the film is Macleod, a nurse who typically treats eight to ten patients a day in their homes. “When you go to someone’s house to see them, you’re telling them, ‘I value you enough as a person to come see you where you are,” says Macleod. “Nobody talks about it, but I think these people feel like ‘I’m kind of special,’ you know? They’re coming to see me, or at least someone cares.”
Early reviews for the film have been superb, with one critic calling it an “achingly intimate portrait of a growing problem,” and another writing that the film “compassionately and with dignity takes us inside the most vulnerable moments of these lives.” Yet another critic pronounced the film “spectacularly done.”
Halamandaris announced that NAHC has agreed to give both O’Connor and Nurse Macleod a special award for their contribution. The Association has also agreed to promote the film and host screenings to share the film with a large number of audiences. This ties in beautifully with the first steps of NAHC’s national public relations campaign, said Halamandaris.
NAHC has written to Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging, suggesting that she conduct hearings that feature the film. “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, home care aides, personal care assistants and nurses who work in home care top the list of jobs America will need over the next ten years,” said Halamandaris. “As the film suggests, this need will become more and more acute with the graying of the baby boom generation.”
The film may help persuade Congress to pass legislation currently pending which would erase the discrimination against homecare now found in Medicare. Nurse practitioners can currently authorize patients to receive Medicare’s hospital and nursing home benefits but do not have similar authority to sign up patients to receive Medicare’s homecare benefits. The net effect of this failure is that patients who could be cared for efficaciously at home are, at many times the cost, pushed into hospitals. NAHC is promoting legislation (S.578/H.R.1342) cosigned by 52 Senators and over 200 House members that will remove this inequity, allowing thousands more Medicare patients to receive the home care to which they are entitled under the Medicare law.