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NAHC Report: Issue# 2156, 3/22/2013
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Lawmakers Praise Home Care at Frederick Douglass Museum & Caring Hall of Fame NAHC hosts events honoring top leaders in Congress

“Frederick Douglass was fond of the notion of the salon,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris as he welcomed guests to the Frederick Douglass Museum & Caring Hall of Fame. Recently the first Washington, DC, home of the great abolitionist and orator was the scene of three events honoring heroes of home care and hospice: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), who serves on the powerful House Rules Committee, often described as the “traffic cop of Congress.” They had come to discuss how we can improve our country’s health care system by providing high-quality care at lower cost. It’s one of the pressing issues of our day, especially for society’s weakest members. They’re the kind of people that Douglass fought for as an advocate of civil rights, so he would have been pleased to observe the week’s events. He also would have welcomed the honored guests who had come to his quaint home of Capitol Hill. “His habit of having great men and women in his house continues to this day,” Halamandaris explained.

The members of Congress who came to the Douglass home fit this description to a tee. They have all worked hard to assist the aged, disabled, and ill. And they’ve have had a great impact because of the high positions and high convictions they hold. Rep. McGovern serves as the second-ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, which sets the terms for debate and amendments on most legislation. As minority whip of the Senate, Sen. Cornyn gathers votes on major issues and decides what bills his party will push, making him second in command to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). As majority whip, Durbin fulfills the same role for the Democrats, making him the Senate’s most powerful member after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). As a group, the three men have the power to make history. Having the three of them appear at the same place in the span of two days constituted a historic event.

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Nurse Recognition Program Seeking 2013 Nominations

With more than half a dozen senators praising the work and care of home care and hospice nurses, and with NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris reminding people that it is, “the work that you do every day” that is the reason why home care has such broad, bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, now is the time to nominate an outstanding nurse from your state for the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) Nurse Recognition Program.

HHNA is currently accepting nominations to honor and recognize home care and hospice nurses from across the country. Agencies may nominate any registered nurse to represent their state for 2013. Nominations will be reviewed by the Nurse Recognition Program Selection Committee and one nurse will be recognized from each state.

To see examples of stories from previous issues of CARING, you can click here. To fill out the online nomination form click here. The deadline for submission is: March 25, 2013.

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Week in Review

Illinois Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CMS, Becoming 4th State to Adopt Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles Initiative
On February 22, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) in Illinois (the Demonstration). Illinois is now the fourth state to implement the MMAI, after Massachusetts, Washington, and Ohio, and twenty other states have active proposals submitted to CMS. Read More

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Offers His Thoughts on this Year’s March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition
As another successful March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition comes to an close, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris offers his thoughts on the week’s proceedings, and why it is so important for NAHC advocates and allies to not only get involved - but stay involved - to ensure that access to quality home care and hospice services is not impeded or limited. Read More

Senate Advocates of Home Care and Hospice Address March on Washington
Members of the home care and hospice community had the opportunity to hear from a bipartisan group of senators – all of whom are strong proponents of home care and hospice - on the importance of the work that they do, the industry that they champion, and the lives that they touch. The senators addressed March on Washington attendees in the Russell Senate Office Building Caucus Room prior to a day of grassroots lobbying and direct advocacy of lawmakers by March on Washington attendees. Read More

March on Washington | Private Duty Conference & Exposition Attendees Enjoy Texas BBQ on Capitol Hill
Attendees of the March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition were able to enjoy authentic Texas BBQ and mingle with fellow advocates and Hill staff at a briefing and reception held at the historic Frederick Douglass Museum and cosponsored by the Texas State Association. Read More

Karyn Buxman Shares why Humor is Important in Leaders and in the Workplace
The second general session of the day welcomed Karyn Buxman, a registered nurse and Founder and President of HUMORx, who shared with the audience the importance of humor in life, the workplace and in leaders. Read More

Educational Session and Birds-of-a-Feather Reception Gives Private Duty Attendees Information Needed for Success
The second day of the March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition allowed private duty organizations to both arm themselves with the skills and strategies they need for successful legislative visits on Capitol Hill as well as the ability to network and learn from one another in an informal setting. Read More

Day Two General Session Provided Insight and Analysis into the Current Political Landscape
Mark Shields, a Democratic political commentator and columnist, and Alex Castellanos, a GOP strategist, advisor, and commentator shared their opinions, insight and analysis of the current political landscape to start the second day of the March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition. Read More

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. Read More

Welcome Reception Well Attended
The first day of the 2013 March on Washington | Private Duty Conference and Exposition came to an end with a well-attended cocktail reception in the Exhibition Hall. Read More

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Delta Health Technologies is currently looking for a Product Owner to act as a catalyst in sparking innovation. Candidates need to bring leadership to the Care-At-Home industry by assisting in the vision, design, and implementation of a revolutionary software platform. Candidates with a working knowledge in the Home Health and/or Hospice industry must be able to: Be responsible for development for specific product(s) to establish, enhance or distinguish product placement within the competitive arena, participate in market research, competitive analysis, and customer needs, and use effective communication skills to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization, as well as internal and external customers. Individuals must also be able to convey the business vision and goals associated with product features clearly to the project team in order to ensure that delivery is focused on business value. The position requires developing and maintaining detailed user stories in a prioritized product backlog which accurately reflects customer and business priorities to develop new products or enhance existing product(s) and creating use case diagrams, conceptual wire frames, and functional flow diagrams to ensure teams understand the requirement consistent with Scrum development techniques. Qualified candidates may apply at

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Not-for-profit home care agency
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