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NAHC Report: Issue# 2243, 7/25/2013
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Harkin Report Discusses HCBS: Paints Nuanced Picture of Utilization, Rebalancing
Senate Finance Committee Examines Health Information Technology Progress
For Your Information: Voting Now Open for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award
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Harkin Report Discusses HCBS: Paints Nuanced Picture of Utilization, Rebalancing

On July 18, Senator Tom Harkin released a report to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee entitled Separate and Unequal: States Fail to Fulfill the Community Living Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act (The Report).  While the Report commended the great strides of HCBS utilization across the country, it presented a nuanced picture of this implementation.  The National Council on Medicaid Home Care – a NAHC affiliate - discusses the Report’s major findings and recommendations.

While the Report validates significant HCBS utilization known before, it provides a nuanced picture of this utilization that highlights opportunities for improvement. In particular, the increased rate of nursing home residents under the age of 65, the large amount of people on HCBS waitlists, and data questioning the degree of re-integration show that the victory of Olmstead is incomplete. 

Home care providers should glean from the Report that there is still a large demand for HCBS.  The Council encourages providers to continue to advocate in their state associations, as well as state and federal governments for greater support of HCBS. Home care providers are encouraged to keep abreast of HCBS developments in their states, and nationally, and to contact the Council with any questions or concerns.

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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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Senate Finance Committee Examines Health Information Technology Progress

The Senate Finance Committee recently held a set of hearings to examine progress made by federal health information technology (IT) initiatives since the passage of the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009.

These hearings were conducted as a follow-up to an April 16 report on health IT released by GOP Senators Thune (SD), Alexander (TN), Roberts (KS), Burr (NC), Coburn (OK) and Enzi (WY). The report, “Reboot: Re-examining the Strategies Needed to Successfully Adopt Health IT,” suggested that a delay in implementation of the meaningful use program may be needed to assess whether it is on the right track.

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