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NAHC Report: Issue# 2239, 7/19/2013
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Senators Collins and Schumer Introduce Bill to Allow More Health Care Professionals to Certify Home Health Plans of Care
House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology Holds Hearing to Explore the Rapid Growth of Mobile Health Applications and the Impact of Potential Regulations
For Your Information: Voting Now Open for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award
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Senators Collins and Schumer Introduce Bill to Allow More Health Care Professionals to Certify Home Health Plans of Care
Legislation Would Affect Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Midwives, and Physicians' Assistants

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Charles Schumer (D-NY), who serves on the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over Medicare, have introduced S.1332, the "Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act," which would allow nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, and physicians' assistants to certify Medicare home health plans of care.

Senator Collins has introduced the same legislation in past Congresses, and committed to NAHC members during the March on Washington earlier this year that she would reintroduce the bill during the 113th Congress. Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) have introduced a companion bill in the House, which currently has 28 cosponsors.

Senator Collins has frequently lauded the important role these health care professionals have in health care delivery and said the legislation would help "ensure that our seniors and disabled citizens have timely access to home health services under the Medicare program." The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) assisted with the preparation and drafting of this legislation and is helping gather support for its passage.

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Voting Now Open for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) announced the top 10 finalists who will compete to be Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year.

Voting is now open to help choose the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year now through August 13, 2013. NAHC and HHNA invite their members, affiliated state associations, and the general public to vote for the winner, who will be announced during the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition on October 31 - November 3, 2013.

The winner will join NAHC members and peers when the meeting convenes at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC.

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris encourages everybody to cast their vote, saying, “help us choose the angel of angels to be honored by all of us.”

Click here to cast your vote for the home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year!

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House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology Holds Hearing to Explore the Rapid Growth of Mobile Health Applications and the Impact of Potential Regulations

The House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Representative Chris Collins (R-NY), recently held a hearing to highlight the contributions of mobile applications (apps) entrepreneurs to economic growth and improved health care. Witnesses also discussed how Washington regulations are helping or stifling innovation.

“The medical app industry is growing by leaps and bounds, providing economic opportunities and improving patient-focused health care in a digital age,” said Chairman Collins. “One study estimates that over 500 million smartphones will be using mobile medical apps by 2015. The medical app industry has created an estimated 500,000 jobs and nearly $25 billion in revenue. This technology is still relatively new territory for Washington, but it is important that Congress realizes its economic potential and recognizes how federal regulation affects the industry’s innovation. Today’s testimony by mobile medical app entrepreneurs provides a case for why the federal government should enact policies that responsibly balances patient safety, while fostering cutting-edge innovation and economic growth.”

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