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NAHC Report: Issue# 2399, 3/25/2014
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Keynote Speakers Alex Castellanos and Mark Shields Opine on the Legislative and Electoral Landscapes for March on Washington Attendees
Medicaid-Focused Educations Sessions from the March on Washington Speak to Medicaid’s Growing Role in Home Care and Hospice
For Your Information: NAHC and HHNA Seek 2014 Nominations for America’s Top Nurses in Home Care & Hospice
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Keynote Speakers Alex Castellanos and Mark Shields Opine on the Legislative and Electoral Landscapes for March on Washington Attendees
Prominent political analysts joined by NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris for a Q&A Session covering the current DC environment as well as 2014 and 2016 Elections

In the first General Session of the second day of NAHC’s March on Washington, Republican political strategist Alex Castellanos and syndicated columnist Mark Shields offered their insight and opinions on the state of the country, the legislative environment in Congress and what lays in store for the 2014 and 2016 elections. The keynote speakers followed an earlier portion of the General Session that focused on post-acute care bundling. The session concluded with a Q&A between Mr. Castellanos, Mr. Shields and NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

Alex Castellanos was first to address the General Session, and offered his “laws of politics” that will shape the 2016 presidential race, but also apply to all election cycles. Among his rules are the “Elvis” rule that you someone should never run against someone with a famous name – a law that may be broken if Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush both choose to run for president. Other laws that Mr. Castellanos explained were the “law of completion” that states that Americans want to finish what they started when it comes to elections – particularly when it comes to electing the first woman president – and the “law of irony,” which states that a president who runs against his predecessor will look very much like him by the end of his term.

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Medicaid-Focused Educations Sessions from the March on Washington Speak to Medicaid’s Growing Role in Home Care and Hospice

NAHC Vice President for Law Bill Dombi stated in this year’s opening General Session that, “Medicaid is the largest home care provider by far. It dwarfs Medicare and now spends about $60 billion a year on home care.” The increasing prominence of Medicaid in home care and hospice was reflected in the increase of Medicaid programs during this year’s March on Washington.

On March 24, the National Council on Medicaid Home Care - a NAHC affiliate - held an educational session for the March on Washington entitled “Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports: This is the Future!”  Michelle Martin, the Council’s Director of Policy, moderated. 

Topics of discussion included: the overall transition of the long term services and supports (LTSS) population into managed care; the use of technology in managed LTSS; the importance of providers and plans communicating and educating each other; concerns regarding credentialing and claims submission; and discussion of what plans think determines “quality providers.”

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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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