Key Issues Affecting Home Care and Hospice Highlighted in Opening General Session for March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition
NAHC’s annual March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition got underway Sunday afternoon with a general session that highlighted the many issues that the home care and hospice community face, and why this year is so critical for the industry overall. With sequestration in effect for Medicare payments, proposals to add copayments to home care and hospice benefits, new employee mandates for private duty organizations and new health IT bills that could help or hurt the home care and hospice community, the opening session’s panel of experts from NAHC touched on regulatory, Medicare, Medicaid, health IT, home care, hospice and private duty issues that Congress and federal agencies are debating.
The first session’s panel included many of NAHC’s own legislative, legal and policy experts and offered a call to action as well as emphasizing the importance of participating in this year’s March on Washington. “Your being here is a huge sacrifice, but is invaluable,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “Even for those who couldn’t come to DC, it’s important to get involved. Lobby in your home capital. Make it personal because this year can make or break us."
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