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NAHC Report: Issue# 2305, 10/30/2013
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Federal Court in Georgia Protects Children’s Skilled Nursing Hours: Overturns Attempts to Wean Children off Program
National Association for Home Care & Hospice Announces Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame Inductees and Nurse of the Year
For Your Information: NAHC and Simione Healthcare Consultants will Host a 1980s Themed Closing Party at the 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition
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Federal Court in Georgia Protects Children’s Skilled Nursing Hours: Overturns Attempts to Wean Children off Program

On September 27, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division, in Hunter v. Cook, issued an order (the Order) to the Georgia Department of Community Health (GDCH) to prevent it from providing less than 18 hours per day of skilled nursing care to two severely disabled children (the Plaintiffs) following attempts by the State to cut hours for the Plaintiffs.  The Plaintiffs are beneficiaries of Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment services (EPSDT).  Additionally, they are enrolled in the Georgia Pediatric Program (GAPP), which the Order defined as “a Georgia Medicaid program that provides continuous skilled nursing care to medically fragile children.”  

This follows a June 19, 2012 order in the same court ordering GDCH to not cut skilled nursing hours to a 2-year old beneficiary of GAPP from 84 to 77 to 70 hours per week.  The plaintiff in this case was originally in the Hunter v. Cook case, which initially involved five plaintiffs.  The remaining two plaintiffs settled with GDCH this September. 

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NAHC and Simione Healthcare Consultants will Host a 1980s Themed Closing Party at the 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Potomac A-B on the second level of the Gaylord Convention Center

Join NAHC staff and leadership, Simione Healthcare Consultants, and other Annual Meeting & Exposition attendees for an evening of 80s music, dancing and fun by the water at National Harbor.

The Closing Party will take place on the second level of the Gaylord Convention Center, 7:00pm – 10:00pm on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

There is still time to register to attend this year’s Annual Meeting & Exposition, and all attendees are welcome at the Closing Party.

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National Association for Home Care & Hospice Announces Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame Inductees and Nurse of the Year

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has the pleasure of honoring those who have dedicated their lives to the care and service of others. The Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame began two years ago when its inductees were honored at NAHC’s largest meeting of the year. This is also NAHC’s second year honoring a Nurse of the Year, the winner of a national vote on nurses from every state.

NAHC’s Nurse of the Year, along with its new Hall of Famers, will be at the 2013 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC, Thursday, October 31 to Sunday, November 3. Attendees will have a chance to meet them and get the tools they need to compete and make their agencies the most successful they can be.

They will also get role models as they learn more about this year’s honorees. The 2013 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame inductees are Judith Bellome, Lawrence, KS; Honorable Max Cleland, Arlington, VA; Cathy Frasca, Sewickey, PA; Lori and Paul Hogan, Omaha, NE; Carol Raphael, New York, NY; and, Christopher Reeve, who was a super hero for the paralyzed and mobility impaired.

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