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Get Connected with NAHC, 4/1/2013
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Welcome from Bob Simione, Chair, HHFMA

It’s hard to believe that once again we are approaching the NAHC and HHFMA Financial Management Conference & Exposition. We’ve been holding the conference for 19 years, and this is a special year. I am excited to pass on the news that the conference will take place in the capital of our nation.

I am also excited about a special new general session on how home care fits into the new world of health care. The session will bring together a panel of leaders from the full spectrum of health care fields: physicians’ offices, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and managed care. One of the important developments these experts will discuss is the growing integration of payment and services in the delivery and financing of health care. As this shift goes on, providers will succeed better by partnering than by competing for scarce health care dollars. Home care and hospice agencies that want to partner effectively with other providers will learn what they need to do by attending this new general session. Its objectives are to:

  • Identify the health care delivery reforms now underway in health care systems
  • Understand how health care systems and other provider sectors view home care and hospice
  • Recognize the opportunities available for home care in the ongoing integration of health care

This new session complements the highly regarded Home Care Leadership program where industry leaders offer their views on what it takes to succeed.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Washington this July!

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Education Sessions Announced for NAHC's 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition
October 31 – November 3 in Washington, DC

Visit the Annual Meeting section of the NAHC website to view the exciting collection of Education Sessions being offered this fall. Then choose the sessions that will get you up to speed. It’s important to be in the know because the future of Medicare is at stake. Now more than ever, NAHC members must join together. As home care and hospice providers, you must connect with your legislators and share stories of how you cut costs and provide high-quality care. So come to the center of action in Washington, DC. Make an impact for your industry and for the patients you serve.

Register today to attend NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Voting Begins for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

Voting is now underway for Modern Healthcare's 12th annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare program. Of the nearly 28,000 nominations submitted, the publication’s editors selected the top 300 names for the final ballot. Included on the final ballot is NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

Voting is open now until June 14, and people can vote for their top five candidates. Their votes will count for 50 percent of the outcome; the other 50 percent will be based on the expert opinions of senior editors at Modern Healthcare.

The combination of readers' votes and editors' choices will determine the final ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, to be published in Modern Healthcare on August 26.

ICD-10 Implementation Strategies for Home Health

DecisionHealth and NAHC have conducted the largest-ever home health ICD-10 readiness study. The findings will be presented at the ICD-10 Implementation Strategies for Home Health conference and released to all registered attendees in coming days.

Broadly speaking, the results show that most agencies are behind in their planning, confused about how to prepare financially, and lacking in urgency because they underestimate both the scope of the transition and the severity of the impact to cash flow in 2014. Other highlights reveal:

  • 90 percent of respondents have not completed an ICD-10 gap analysis
  • 75 percent still don’t have an implementation plan and 10 percent will not develop a plan until Q2 2014
  • Nearly 63 percent said that ICD-10 was not a high priority because of other more pressing challenges
  • A majority of respondents do not plan to begin training their clinical and support staff until 2014
  • 25 percent do not plan to begin training their coders until 2014

Regardless of where your agency is in its ICD-10 readiness plan, the ICD-10 Implementation Strategies for Home Health conference can help agencies of all sizes develop a financial and operational road map for ICD-10 implementation.

The conference offers a variety of sessions on operational best-practices that will ensure that attendees have a cash backup, a transition plan, and detailed tactics to adapt your agency to the post-ICD-10 world.

Register now and use the code C1377WP to be rushed an exclusive PDF copy of the 21-page National Home Health ICD-10 Readiness Study to benchmark your agency's progress against your peers!

For complete details, view the full agenda, or visit

A special thank you to our sponsors of the
March on Washington
Private Duty Home Care
Integrated Conference &Exposition

The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
Washington, DC
March 17-20, 2013
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