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NAHC Report: Issue# 2297, 10/18/2013
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Home Delivered Meals Promote Rebalancing, Save States Money, Says Health Affairs
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Latest Issue of CARING Focuses on Health IT for Home Care & Hospice

The latest issue of CARING magazine will soon be available. The in-depth subject this month is heath information technology and how it is changing the home care and hospice landscape.

For the issue, Richard Brennan, Executive Director of the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) – a NAHC affiliate - served as Guest Editor. Below are his introductory notes to the issue reprinted in their entirety.

What if we could envision the future of health care delivery and determine the fundamental components of the new standards of care that will be needed to support patient-centered, personalized, empowered health care in America? What technologies will drive the delivery of health care to the home? What business and clinical practices will be leveraged to support value-based longitudinal care coordination? And how will technologically sophisticated home care agencies interact with other providers in the spectrum of care to coordinate care and support new models of care? In this issue of CARING, we provide readers with a series of articles and case studies – stepping stones to innovation – to determine a path forward.

Chris McGurn starts our technology coverage with our cover story. Several members of Congress got a hands-on telehealth demonstration when representatives from NAHC and its affiliate Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) visited them in their offices on Capital Hill. NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris stressed the benefits and cost-saving potential. “Once you see how this technology works, we hope you will become an advocate of it,” said Halamandaris. “There’s a real premium in keeping people out of the hospitals, which these devices help to do.”

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Confirmed as a General Session Speaker at NAHC’s Annual Conference & Exposition

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has earned the respect of colleagues from both sides of the political aisle. Every day, he delivers results for all Nevadans, including hardworking families like those he grew up with in the small mining town of Searchlight, Nevada.

Despite his leadership position, he still lives in Searchlight, and he is still guided by the lessons and values he learned there. The Las Vegas Sun newspaper summarized Senator Reid’s story by saying that he “has gone from underdog to Senate’s top dog.”

Since Nevadans first elected him to the Senate in 1986, Senator Reid has developed a reputation as a consensus builder and skillful legislator. His Republican colleagues have praised his reasoned, balanced approach. Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah, has said, “We all respect Senator Reid. He is one of the moderate voices around here who tries to get things to work.”

To register for this year’s Annual Meeting, and to hear Majority Leader Harry Reid in person, please click here.

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Home Delivered Meals Promote Rebalancing, Save States Money, Says Health Affairs

Earlier this month, Health Affairs released a study titled “Providing More Home-Delivered Meals is One Way to Keep Older Adults with Low Care Needs out of Nursing Homes” (the Study).  In the Study, authors Kali S. Thomas and Vincent Mor of Brown University demonstrated how programs that deliver meals to seniors can transfer “low-care” senior out of nursing homes into the home and community.  The Study showed 26 out of 48 states seeing savings, which would approach $110 million.  Highlights of the Study are discussed below.

Background Data

The Study gave 2011 expenditures on home delivered meals as totaling approximately $769 million nationally.  Baseline data from 2009 showed that approximately 3 percent of senior citizens nationwide received home-delivered meals, with state percentages varying from a high of 8 percent in Wyoming to a low of less than 1 percent in Maryland. 

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