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NAHC Report: Issue# 2307, 11/1/2013
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Caring Awards Ceremony and a Legislative Update Discussion Kickoff this Year’s Annual Meeting & Exposition
Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Honored
For Your Information: ICD-10 Action Planning for Home Health Agencies Conference
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Caring Awards Ceremony and a Legislative Update Discussion Kickoff this Year’s Annual Meeting & Exposition

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) began their 2013 Annual Meeting& Exposition with a ceremony to honor this year’s Caring Award honorees followed by a legislative update.

The Caring Awards were presided over by NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris who introduced this year’s winners – Congressman John Lewis, Bill Marriott, Patty Webster, and Maria Gomez as well as this year’s Young Adult winners – Allyson Ahlstrom, Zachary Certner, Nicholas Cobb, and William Lourcey.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you all know why we’re here: to unite under this idea of Caring,” said Halamandaris. “I learned from Mother Theresa that caring means inspiring young people with role models.”

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ICD-10 Action Planning for Home Health Agencies Conference

DecisionHealth and NAHC have joined together for the ICD-10 Action Planning for Home Health Agencies Conference, which is being held November 18-20, 2013, in Las Vegas, NV.

Register now and save up to $200 on registration and confirm your stay at the Paris Hotel & Casino for only $129 a night.

Visit DecisionHealth’s website for more details.

Surveys show most home health agencies have underestimated the scope of the ICD-10, are behind in planning, and are confused about how to prepare financially for it.

For months after October 1, 2014, many home health agencies will see major productivity disruptions and financial losses. Take action now to create a careful, vetted transition plan for your agency to follow.

This 3-day event was designed specifically to get independent home health agencies on the path to a smooth ICD-10 transition with a 10-month plan that optimizes the time and resources you have. Highlights include:

  • Critical 2014 milestones and how to hit them, starting with how to conduct a gap analysis and drive your agency with the maniacal focus needed to prepare for ICD-10 in only 10 months
  • End-to-end ICD-10 testing game plan, including the tests to run, how to do it with your vendor, and the critical timeframes to follow
  • In-the-trenches do's and don’ts: Experts offer candid critiques of actual HHA implementation tactics packed with recommendations sure to improve your own efforts
  • What to watch out for after Oct. 1, 2014, such as how to know your systems are working properly and best practices to measure the impact of ICD-10 on your productivity and revenue, all critical to spotting adjustments as needed

For complete details, view the full agenda.

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Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Honored

During NAHC’s Opening General Session of the 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition, this year’s Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year was awarded. Elaine Stephens introduced Dea Kuiper, this year’s winner. Ms. Kuiper has over 30 years experience in nursing.

"It is truly humbling to receive this great award," said Kuiper. "I am grateful to work for an agency that has stimulated me to grow as a nurse and a person. Though our agency is small, our imprint is large throughout the community. What does it take to take care of our clients? – Courage to knock on someone’s door and face a new situation, to make visits in poor neighborhoods. It takes courage to face your own vulnerabilities and then you can connect with your patients and make a difference in their lives."

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