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NAHC Report: Issue# 2274, 9/16/2013
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NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Comments on the Recommendations of the Commission on Long-Term Care
Revised Care Planning Act Introduced in the Senate
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NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Comments on the Recommendations of the Commission on Long-Term Care

Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement regarding the Commission on Long-Term Care’s vote on final recommendations:

“NAHC applauds the Commission’s members as they confront one of the most challenging issues before our country—long-term care. Long-term care should start on the foundation of a high-quality health care system based on home and community-based care. No matter who provides the finances, eligibility, or evaluation of need, our focus should be on doing everything possible to help seniors remain at home. They prefer to be in the home setting, where they can thrive among their family and loved ones.

“With the 78 million baby boomers coming into their Medicare years, Americans must come to grips with the need to assist them in managing disability and chronic disease. The facts are clear: 5 percent of Americans are responsible for 50 percent of U.S. health care costs, and 10 percent of Americans who need help managing long-term chronic conditions account for 75 percent of the bill.

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NAHC Supports National Memory Screening Day

NAHC is supporting National Memory Screening Day on November 19, 2013. National Memory Screening Day is an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) in which qualified healthcare professionals at local sites nationwide provide free, confidential memory screenings and educational materials to the public. 

Screening sites include Alzheimer’s agencies, assisted living residences, long-term care facilities, doctors’ offices, hospitals, senior centers, YMCAs, pharmacies, and other community venues.  The screening results do not represent a diagnosis.

Individuals with below-normal scores or those who still have concerns are encouraged to pursue further medical evaluation. 

Please sign up as a screening site today by visiting the National Memory Screening website

For more information, contact Melissa Austen, AFA National Programs Manager, at or 866-232-8484.

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Revised Care Planning Act Introduced in the Senate

Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the Care Planning Act of 2013 (S. 1439) on August 1, 2013.   This proposal is one of several bipartisan bills relating to end-of-life care and hospice care introduced during this Congressional session.

S. 1439 creates a Medicare and Medicaid benefit that would pay for certain individuals to have conversations about end of life care.  The new benefit would allow persons with a serious illness and their family members - if they desired - to meet with an interdisciplinary team that can include, based on the patient’s wishes, a doctor, nurse, social worker and a religious leader in a session to discuss the expected course of their disease, the pros and the cons of relevant treatments, and explanations of advance medical directives.

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