Why Belong to HAA?
HAA is a national organization representing hospices from across the country along with thousands of caregivers and volunteers who serve terminally ill patients and their families. An energetic, committed hospice advocate, HAA was ranked the most effective health care trade organization on Capitol Hill by Congressional offices. HAA shapes the national legislative and regulatory agenda affecting our community. HAA is an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), the world's largest organization representing hospice and home care. In this time of change and uncertainty in the health care environment, HAA membership can provide a precious sense of balance and control over unfolding developments. And, membership saves both time and money. Here's how.
- Information-accurate and timely. HAA staff have inside connections at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, on Capitol Hill, and around town. Members find out what's cooking before it boils over. This is crucial to the ability to make smart decisions.
- Advocacy and support. With myriad federal and state laws, even the best run agency may face some adversity. When your agency has questions or needs support, call HAA immediately. The legal, legislative, regulatory, and research staff have years of experience behind them and are eager to help.
- State-of-the-art education and training. As the hospice field grows, we face the ever-important problem of how to educate and train your staff to comply with new regulations and continue to provide the highest quality care. As HAA members, you can take advantage of the best instruction available at discounted member prices.
- Business savings. Through HAA's parent organization, NAHC, there are many opportunities for hospices to cut costs. Members save crucial dollars with a nationwide agency information and referral system. The latter is available on NAHC's web site. If you want to save money, control costs, or tie into the primary referral source for hospice and home care going into the 21st century, you need to join HAA.
Since the creation of HAA in 1985, HAA and NAHC have been working together proactively on behalf of hospice providers, patients and their families.
Why belong to HAA? Because HAA meets hospice's basic needs, puts dollars on the bottom line, and most importantly, makes it possible to provide quality care to more patients. Rest easier knowing you have a strong advocate in Washington who always looks out for the interests of hospice patients and families.
Right now Hospices are facing great challenges. We need a united industry, if we are going to continue to prevail. We need you.
HAA advocates and represents the interests of its members in Washington, DC - before Congress, the regulatory agencies, the courts, the general public, and the media.
LEGISLATIVE ACTION - HAA is the leading voice for hospice before Congress. Our experienced legislative staff is actively engaged in crafting legislation and staying on top of all the late-breaking revisions affecting the industry.
REGULATORY AND CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE - HAA's team of professionals has years of experience dealing with clinical, administrative and regulatory issues. Members receive help to cut through the red tape of audits, denials and assorted reimbursement and regulatory problems. HAA is instrumental in molding national policy with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, surveyors, and fiscal intermediaries.
LEGAL EXPERTISE - HAA members receive expert advice from our legal specialists at the Center for Health Care Law (CHCL), a public interest law firm committed to increasing access to hospice. CHCL's attorneys provide legal assistance to members on a variety of issues, including: licensure and certification, corporate compliance planning, risk management, reimbursement, antitrust, insurance, tax, labor, fraud and abuse.
RESEARCH - HAA is the premier clearinghouse for data concerning the hospice industry. HAA compiles and reports on the data of greatest interest to its members, the media, and the general public.
Added Value for Members
HAA members can appreciate myriad business savings.
"What we gain from membership with HAA far exceeds our dues. It is great having all those experts readily available to us. No one hospice could possibly afford all this help on their payroll." Angela Hospice, Livonia, MI
"HAA is a great resource. Here in rural Alaska, we're very isolated and the association helps to connect us to the rest of the industry." Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, Juneau, Alaska
Through NAHC, HAA offers a comprehensive certification program for credentialing hospice executives, enabling qualified executives to put the letters CHCE (Certified Home/Hospice Care Executive) after their name. HAA members receive a 50% discount on this program which establishes credentials and acknowledges professional experience. For more information on the CHCE program, eligibility requirements, application, and special accommodations for testing, call 202/547-7424.
"Why did I want to become a Certified Home/Hospice Executive? First I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it - that I had a sound knowledge base. And second, I wanted the distinction for our agency-a quality organization run by a qualified leader." Susan Niewenhous, RN, MS, CNA, CHCE Forestville, MD
"Our industry needs a standard of excellence and credibility for its leaders. Credentialing is that first step! My organization counts on me to have the knowledge and expertise to successfully negotiate the healthcare challenges of today." Barb Wegener, RN, BSN, MPA, CNAA, CHCE Melbourne, Florida
"CHCE was not intended to make better home care or hospice administrators and managers, but to validate the knowledge of those actively engaged in this profession." Linda Stock, RN, BSN, CHCE Rochester Hills, MI
CONFERENCES AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
HAA members receive discounts to all HAA/NAHC meetings where they can earn CEUs and network with thousands of other providers of services in the home.
ANNUAL MEETING AND HOMECARExpo
HAA and NAHC produce the year's most remarkable gathering of hospice and home care professionals every fall. Attendees have unique opportunities to network with their peers from throughout the United States and the world. Foremost professional speakers and more than 120 educational programs make this meeting outstanding.
Attend this meeting to:
- sharpen business skills
- learn more about timely issues
- get a handle on industry trends and changes.
HAA offers programming on focused medical review, expansion of services, legal, etheical, regulatory, and reimbursement issues. There is a special meeting exclusively designed for all-volunteer hospices.
State-of-the-art goods, services and technology are on display during the Annual Meeting at the HOMECARExpo.
THE NATIONAL POLICY CONFERENCE
Every spring, industry leaders come to Washington, DC for the latest hard-hitting information on legal, regulatory, and legislative issues facing the hospice community. Plus, attendees learn how to evaluate and expand the capability of their computer system.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
The leading industry financial officers and consultants discuss managed care, Medicare reimbursement, business retention, and strategic planning.
"I belong to the association for the awareness, the networking possibilities, and the opportunity for regulatory and legislative impact." Mesilla Valley Hospice Las Cruces, NM
"What a thrilling meeting! I feel empowered by the motivational speeches and general overall enthusiasm. Thank you for your leadership!" The Parker Jewish Geriatric Institute North Hyde Park, NY
"Well, you've recently exceeded my expectations and delighted me with exceptional service! I've known for years that membership was worthwhile - now I'm really convinced." ServCare, Inc., Parkersburg, WV
PERIODICALS, PUBLICATIONS AND Online SERVICES
HAA is committed to providing members with up-to-the-minute information through an impressive array of periodicals, publications, and member-only web site access.
HAA members receive all these periodicals free of charge.
HOSPICE FORUM - This monthly column in CARING Magazine keeps HAA members on top of issues in the field. Hospice Forum is filled with current legislative and regulatory updates, research news and industry information.
VHN Forum - A quarterly newsletter focusing on the issues of interest to all-volunteer hospices.
CARING Magazine - NAHC's award-winning monthly magazine. CARING presents in-depth analysis of hospice and home care issues plus informative articles on the latest in home care technology and trends written by experts.
"I have been a member of HAA for quite a few years now. One of the many benefits of this organization is their dedication to keep the membership informed. Their publication, Hospice Forum is very informative. Caring Magazine is another helpful and interesting periodical. Each issue focuses on a different topic. I always look forward to the issue dedicated to Pediatrics." Children's Hospital Home Health Care and Hospice, Cincinnati, OH
"With the ever changing tide on the hospice front it becomes more and more necessary to have current and accurate information whether it be financial, legislative, or reimbursement issues. We have never been disappointed since joining HAA." Angela Hospice, Livonia, MI
HAA members receive up to 50% discount on publications , audiotapes, videotapes, and novelties.
Visit Home Care Online and enjoy special member-only access areas. While visiting the web site be sure to look up your agency on the Home Care and Hospice Agency Locator - the largest worldwide consumer referral network on line, attracting thousands of consumers daily. The Agency Locator is a free service for both providers and consumers. NAHC can create a web page for you and a link from the Home Care and Hospice Agency Locator to your site. For information call NAHC's Director of Advertising at 202/547-7424.
PUBLIC RELATIONS AND CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS
HAA public relations initiatives are designed to build awareness, understanding, and support of hospice by key audiences and decisionmakers. HAA members have access to online promotional materials for National Hospice Month (November). Our accomplished public relations staff provides members with proactive public relations campaigns, materials, and technical support. Staff experts offer HAA members invaluable media training and crisis communication services at discounted prices. HAA has a complete video library along with posters, photographs, slides and keepsakes for effective, positive publicity.
HAA is a membership-driven organization. Your participation is important. Members shape HAA policy, serve on the Advisory Board, and participate in leadership activities.
HAA members elect the HAA representative for the NAHC Board of Directors and are encouraged to serve on NAHC committees. HAA is a powerful organization because our members are actively involved in everything we do. We want you to join HAA and help determine the future of hospice.
"I believe very strongly in the value of associations. I think there is tremendous value in the power of one cohesive voice speaking for the industry." Georgia Association of Community Care Providers, Little Springs, GA
Hospice Association of America
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Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 546-4759
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