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NAHC Report: Issue# 2400, 3/26/2014
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March on Washington Attendees Hear from Some of Home Care and Hospice’s Biggest Congressional Supporters
NAHC’s Vice President of Technology Policy Delivers Presentation on Information Exchange During ONC’s Health IT for Nurses Summit
For Your Information: NAHC and HHNA Seek 2014 Nominations for America’s Top Nurses in Home Care & Hospice
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March on Washington Attendees Hear from Some of Home Care and Hospice’s Biggest Congressional Supporters

On a cold, snowy Tuesday morning, home care and hospice advocates packed into the historic Russell Caucus Room on Capitol Hill to hear from some of the industry's biggest supporters from both the House and Senate to kick-off a day of advocacy and visits with lawmakers and their staffs as part of the March on Washington.

The roster of speakers began with Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), who introduced the Home Health Planning and Improvement Act in the House, which would allow nurse practitioners sign home health plans of care. Rep. Walden also recently sent a letter to all of his House colleagues admonishing cuts to home health care.

After Greg Walden, March on Washington attendees heard from home care and hospice champions Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) before hearing from NAHC’s Vice President of Government Affairs Jeff Kincheloe who reminded advocates to, “urge your lawmakers to tell leadership that we need rebasing reform and we can pay for it.” NAHC Vice President for Law Bill Dombi then explained how rebasing relief could be paid for by using outlier funds as the needed offset.

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NAHC’s Vice President of Technology Policy Delivers Presentation on Information Exchange During ONC’s Health IT for Nurses Summit

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently held a summit entitled, “At the Crossroads of Patient Care: Health IT for Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses Summit” in Baltimore, MD. NAHC’s Vice President of Technology Policy and Executive Director of NAHC’s affiliate the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) Richard Brennan served as one of the presenters.

In his presentation, “Health Information Exchange through Health IT: What’s working?” Mr. Brennan shared the home health community’s perspective on successful implementation of health information technology. Health IT for nurses is important for nurses, said Mr. Brennan, because “it supports their central role in delivering value-based care.”

During the presentation, Mr. Brennan also shared a snapshot of where the home health community is in terms of health IT adoption as a whole

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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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