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NAHC Report: Issue# 2382, 2/28/2014
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NAHC Seeking Input on VA Physicians Ordering Home Health Services
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NAHC Signs Onto Congressional Letter Outlining Aims to Protect Medicare Beneficiaries During SGR Negotiations
Senior Groups Join in Opposing Home Health and Hospice Copays

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) joined with two dozen other prominent aging and beneficiary advocacy groups in sending a letter to leaders in both the House and Senate outlining their aims for a successful reform to the flawed Medicare physician payment formula, known as the “sustainable growth rate” or SGR, currently being debated in Congress.

The letter states that the signatories “hope [congressional negotiators] will continue to make progress toward a Medicare physician payment policy that will stabilize payments and improve incentives for greater quality and efficiency. Nonetheless, we remain deeply concerned about issues critical to the well-being of people with Medicare that your committees have yet to collectively address.”

Specifically, the letter outlines goals that all signatories agree must shape the SGR negotiations, while detailing their rationale. 

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NAHC Seeking Input on VA Physicians Ordering Home Health Services

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is seeking information regarding VA physicians who are ordering home health service but are not enrolling in Medicare. This has been an ongoing issue, and NAHC is working with the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) to help resolve the problem and identify where to focus education efforts.

Please send Mary Carr, NAHC Vice President for Regulatory Affairs pertinent information including the city, state, and affiliated organizations for any VA physician that that does not understand the requirement for ordering /referring physicians to be enrolled in Medicare to: mkc@nahc.org.  

Thank you for your cooperation.

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NAHC and HHNA Seek 2014 Nominations for America’s Top Nurses in Home Care & Hospice

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) are launching their third annual Nurse Recognition Program. They are now accepting nominations to honor and recognize home care and hospice nurses from across the country.

To nominate a nurse for the 2014 recognition program, please visit www.hhna.org or www.nahc.org

One nurse will be recognized from each state and one of those 50 nurses will be chosen as Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year. Home care and hospice agencies that are NAHC members may nominate any registered nurse to represent their state for 2014. Nominations will be reviewed by the Nurse Recognition Program Selection Committee.

“Our focus is highlighting the impact that nurses make day in and day out in homes across the country,” said Andrea L. Devoti, MSN, MBA, CHCE, and NAHC chairman of the board. “We have a unique opportunity to put a face on the industry.”

“We intend for these top nurses to serve as role models who will inspire their peers to become leaders in enhancing the quality of health care, preserving the standards of nursing, and expanding opportunities in the profession,” said Elaine Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, and chairman of HHNA.

The ongoing recognition program will collect stories of special home care and hospice nurses who have served their agencies by providing exceptional care, reducing hospital readmissions, and making a difference in patients’ lives. The selection committee will review all the nominees to choose those who best represent the ideals that are honored during National Nurses Week each May. The nurses will be highlighted in the May issue of CARING and have their registration fee waived at the NAHC Annual Meeting in October.

To nominate a nurse for the 2014 recognition program, visit www.hhna.org or www.nahc.org.

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