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NAHC Report: Issue# 2308, 11/4/2013
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Senate Leaders Address NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition
U.S. Celebrates National Home Care & Hospice Month in November
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Senate Leaders Address NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell both Participate in NAHC’s Annual Meeting

Separated by only a few hours, both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had the opportunity to meet with attendees at NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition on Friday, November 1, and to offer their support for the home care and hospice community. Both Senate leaders have been strong allies of NAHC and of the work its members do more broadly – with Minority Leader McConnell recently issuing a strongly worded letter opposing CMS’ proposed rebasing rules.

During the morning’s General Session, Senate Majority Leader Reid addressed the Annual Meeting after an introduction from NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, who said that Senator Reid is a, “champion for home care and hospice.”

While the Majority Leader’s overall assessment of the state of Congress, its acrimony, and its gridlock was grim, Senator Reid was positive about home care and hospice, and reiterated his support for its increasingly prominent role within the healthcare industry. “A physician in Las Vegas once took me around a hospital to see how much money was being wasted,” said the Senate Majority Leader. “Patients were there because the only way they could get medicine under Medicare and Medicaid was to be in a hospital. Now they can get care at home…What you do saves money.”

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2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition: Call for Presentations
Deadline for Presentations is Friday, November 22, 2013

Have you ever thought of being a presenter for NAHC conferences? Have you or members of a team at your agency or hospice developed a unique program that helps to improve care and increase efficiency? You have an opportunity to share your knowledge with your peers. Learn more about NAHC's presenter submission process by visiting here.

NAHC’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition will build off the success of 2013’s meeting that just concluded in Washington, DC, and is being held Sunday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 22, 2013.

NAHC's proposal submission process is online, and you must complete it to be eligible for review and consideration at future educational sessions. Please be sure to read the instructions and submission policies carefully when you go online to submit your presentation proposal.  The Annual Meeting will offer more than 125 educational sessions to address the needs of home health, hospice, and private duty providers, as well as clinical professionals including nurses, therapists, and physicians.

Proposal topics should fall in one of the following nine (9) categories:

  • Clinical
  • Financial
  • Human Resources
  • Health Information Technology
  • Legal & Regulatory
  • Management & Leadership
  • Marketing & Business Development
  • Quality
  • Telehealth

For each presentation selected, two (2) presenters will receive  complimentary registration for the meeting. This registration includes the opportunity to attend educational session series, the exposition, and general sessions.

When you are ready to start the online submission process, click here. The Web site will be open for submissions through Friday, November 22, 2013. For more information or questions, please contact the NAHC Education Department at 202-547-7424.

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U.S. Celebrates National Home Care & Hospice Month in November
This Year’s Message: Home is the Center of Health Care

Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) called on all Americans to commemorate National Home Care & Hospice Month throughout November. He also called attention to Home Care Aide Week on November 10 to 16. These critical workers play a central role in their patients’ lives, and NAHC recognizes their efforts with this year’s theme: “Home is the Center of Health Care.”

“This month we honor all the dedicated nurses, therapists, and aides who provide high-quality health care and supportive services in patients’ homes throughout the United States,” Mr. Halamandaris remarked. “They make the difference between life and death on a daily basis and are the very personification of ‘caring,’ the one-word summary of the Golden Rule that runs through all the great religions of the world. They combine high tech with high touch as they do what is best for the patients they serve.”

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