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NAHC Report: Issue# 2328, 12/5/2013
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Article in The Atlantic Highlights Benefits of Home-based Care Over Hospitalization
NAHC’s Medicaid Council Reports on MACPAC Public Meeting
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Article in The Atlantic Highlights Benefits of Home-based Care Over Hospitalization

In this month’s edition of The Atlantic Monthly, author and Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Jonathan Rauch examines the benefits of home-based care for the chronically ill over hospital-based care. Mr. Rauch has written previously about end-of-life care in May of 2013.

In his most recent article, Mr. Rauch analyzes several new home-based care programs – either through health system collaborations or independently – and states that, “a more humane, effective, and affordable health-care system is closer than we think.”

“This article clearly illustrates the benefits of home-based care over the traditional care approach of putting sick people in hospitals and having them return time and time again,” said Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). “I hope that Americans read this article and become allies of the home care and hospice community. The article makes clear what we have been saying for decades: home care is the most preferred and cost-effective method of care. Despite growing support, the industry is battling a recent CMS rule that will decimate access to and availability of care through their recent rebasing rule. Buy their own analysis, 43% of home care providers will be in the red under their new scheme, which we will continue to oppose. This article makes clear why we need allies, why our fight is worthy and why millions of Americans prefer – and should - be treated in their own home.”

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2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition Call for Presentations: Proposals Now Due Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice invites prospective faculty, speakers, and presenters to submit presentation proposals for the 2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition, Sunday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona

Online Submission
Due to the overwhelming success of the online submission process, NAHC will again make it possible for potential faculty, speakers, and presenters to submit presentation proposals ONLINE. Click here to submit online.

Due Date Now Extended to: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The lead contact faculty member for each session must complete the Call for Presentation submission process using the Website. Only submissions with complete information will be eligible for review and consideration as potential educational sessions. Please be sure to read the instructions and submission policies carefully when you go online to submit your presentation proposal.

Submission Deadline Extended
All submissions must be received by Wednesday, December 18, 2013. No submissions or change in content on previously submitted presentations received after this date will be considered. Decisions and notification regarding accepted submissions will be made by the NAHC Annual Meeting Committee in early 2014.

Complimentary Registration
The faculty complimentary registration allows two (2) faculty to attend all educational sessions (with the exception of other ticketed events) scheduled from Sunday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

In addition, faculty members are entitled to attend the general sessions, receptions and/or events each day, as well as the Home Care & Hospice Exposition. Complimentary faculty registrations are not transferable.

Thank you for submitting an educational session proposal for the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition. We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix, Arizona in 2014!

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NAHC’s Medicaid Council Reports on MACPAC Public Meeting

On November 14, the National Council on Medicaid Home Care – a NAHC affiliate – sent Resource Director Steve Postal to attend the most recent MACPAC Public Meeting held in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC titled “Long-Term Care Commission: Report from the Commission’s Leadership.” The meeting was led by Commission members Bruce Chernof, President & CEO of the SCAN Foundation, and Mark Warshawsky, Adjust Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Overview. For the first half of the hour-long meeting, Mr. Chernof read through a slide deck highlighting the summary of the Commission’s final report to Congress. The presentation focused on an overview of the Commission’s charge and activity, as well as its recommendations regarding service delivery, workforce, and financing. A previous Council article on the Commission report, with a synopsis of the material relevant to Medicaid and/or home and community-based services (HCBS), can be found here. For the second half of the meeting, the two Commissioners fielded questions. Findings not previously addressed by the Council are found below.

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National Director Private Duty/Managed Care

Responsible for execution of all private duty operational matters for Intrepid. Oversee total operations of the Private Duty Division. Responsible for the successful opening, licensing and certification of all private duty agencies. Ensures that each private duty agency has adequate staffing to meet licensing and certification requirements.

Education: R.N., Bachelors degree; Master’s preferred; not a pre-requisite with proven performance experience and results.

Experience: Minimum five years experience in managerial, leadership and business management positions; private duty related preferred.

Special Skills: Strong negotiation skills, budget management experience, regulatory knowledge, strategic planning experience and analytical skills. Leadership and management experience in effective team building and continuous quality improvement programs. Working knowledge and experience in cross-functional business segments and their integrated influences and relationships. Effective and experienced in motivating and mentoring others who may or may not be in a direct reporting relationship. Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills. Working knowledge of email programs, word processing, etc.

If you are interested in this position please contact Ursala Isom at 214-445-3758 or send your resume to

Mercy Home Care Job Opportunities in Oklahoma

Mercy Home Care, Oklahoma provides the same high-quality medical services you’ve come to expect from Mercy Hospital and our network of primary-care and specialty clinics.  Our team of home-health professionals provides the compassionate health care you need from the comfort of your own home.

Job Opportunities in Oklahoma:
Clinical Supervisor – FT/Ardmore
Physical Therapy Asst – PRN/Ardmore
Regional Director – FT/Oklahoma City
RN – FT/Oklahoma City
LPN – FT/Oklahoma City
Physical Therapist – FT/El Reno
Occupational Therapist – PRN/El Reno
RN – FT/El Reno
RN Case Manager - FT/El Reno
Nursing Asst – FT & PT/El Reno

For more information and to apply online, visit:

For information about placing an ad, contact Scott Baum at

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