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NAHC Report: Issue# 2292, 10/10/2013
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NAHC Hosts Teleconference Call for Private Duty Home Care Agencies
Excerpts from NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris’ Interview with Chip Bell, One of this Year’s Annual Meeting General Session Speakers
For Your Information: Tom Rath to Address Attendees During the 2013 Annual Meeting on Friday, November 1st
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NAHC Hosts Teleconference Call for Private Duty Home Care Agencies

Earlier this week, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) hosted a teleconference specifically for Private Duty home care agencies. The call gave those who work in Private Duty the opportunity to hear directly from NAHC leadership on a range of topics that directly affect their business and bottom line.

The call was lead by NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris who was joined by Bill Dombi, NAHC’s Vice President for Law, Jeffery Kincheloe, NAHC’s Vice President for Government Affairs and Richard Brennen, NAHC’s Vice President for Technology.

Chief among the issues discussed was the new companionship exemption rule promulgated by the Department of Labor earlier this year. “Since 1974 the companionship rule has been on the books,” said NAHC Vice President for Law Bill Dombi during the teleconference. “And there’s been politics attached to this issue for quite a few years.”

The new companionship rule redefines “companionship services” to be limited to “fellowship”, “protection”, and limited direct care. Care related services are limited to no more than 20% of the hours worked.  This definition means that the vast majority of Medicaid personal care services will be subject to minimum wage and overtime requirements. Private pay home care impact will vary on a client-specific basis. The new exemption also excludes employees employed by home care agencies (“third-party employers”) from any remaining exemption.  The exemption will remain for workers directly employed by the client or a family member. However, that exemption will apply only if the services are within the new, limited definition of companionship.

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Tom Rath to Address Attendees During the 2013 Annual Meeting on Friday, November 1st
2013 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition General Session Speakers Announced

Tom Rath is one of the most influential authors of the last decade. He studies the role of human behavior in health, business, and economics. Rath writes and speaks on a wide range of topics, from well-being to organizational leadership.

Rath’s latest book, Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes, is already receiving critical acclaim as a “transformative work.” His roadmap for “leading a long and meaningful life” is the latest of several international bestsellers including the #1 New York Times bestseller, How Full Is Your Bucket? In total, his books have sold more than 5 million copies, been translated in 16 languages, and made over 250 appearances on the Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list.

Rath serves as a senior scientist and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent 13 years leading the organization’s work on employee engagement, strengths, and well-being. He also served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization. He earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is now a regular guest instructor. Rath and his wife Ashley, along with their two children live in Arlington, Virginia.

To register to attend NAHC’s Annual Meeting, and to hear Tom Rath in person, please click here.

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Excerpts from NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris’ Interview with Chip Bell, One of this Year’s Annual Meeting General Session Speakers

Chip Bell helps companies build cultures that support long-term customer loyalty. As founder of The Chip Bell Group, he works from both Dallas, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia. Before starting the firm in 1980, he was director of management and organization development for NCNB, now Bank of America. He holds graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University and George Washington University, and brings both academic and real-world experience to his many publications.

Below are excerpts from his interview with NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. The full interview will be featured in an upcoming issue of CARING Magazine.

VJH:  You’re known for helping people present themselves, marketing themselves, putting their best foot forward, to find acceptance with others. Is that a fair summary?

CB:  I think that is a fair summary.  What I like to focus on is how do you build loyalty? How do you build relationships where the customers want to be associated with you in an enduring way - a long-term relationship? I want customers to be advocates, to be champions for the organization that delivers great service to them.

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