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NAHC Report: Issue# 2404, 4/2/2014
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Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan Releases His Budget
NAHC Leadership Closes the March on Washington with a General Session on Advocacy and Home Health Management
For Your Information: NAHC and HHNA Seek 2014 Nominations for America’s Top Nurses in Home Care & Hospice
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Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan Releases His Budget

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his FY2015 budget framework earlier this week. Rep. Ryan’s budget calls for cutting $5 trillion in federal spending by significantly overhauling social entitlement programs - like Medicare and Medicaid, by relinquishing government control of Fannie May and Freddie Mac and by repealing the Affordable Care Act.  

The GOP plan would cut Medicaid sharply by providing the states with block grants for the federal portion of the program rather than the current structure, which awards funding based on population and need. Food stamps and housing assistance would also be transitioned to block grant systems.

Chairman Ryan’s budget once again included its controversial approach to overhauling Medicare that would switch the program — for those under 55 today — from a traditional "fee for service" framework in which the government pays health care providers to a voucher-like "premium support" approach in which the government subsidizes purchases of health insurance - creating a Medicare Exchange of private plans competing for members.

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NAHC Leadership Closes the March on Washington with a General Session on Advocacy and Home Health Management

This year’s March on Washington came to a successful close with a lunch General Session discussion between NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC Board Chairperson Andrea Devoti and Home Health Nurses’ Association Chairperson Elaine Stephens. The discussion ranged from the importance of advocacy for the home care and hospice community to how to motivate home care and hospice workers during difficult times.

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris started the session by sharing the latest on the ongoing SGR negotiations in Congress, stating that, “home care and hospice are not included in the SGR fix, which is good because it means that we were able to fight off any additional cuts or copays.” The positive development was caveated by the fact that the SGR bill also did not include a NAHC-drafted amendment that would provide rebasing relief, though NAHC would keep fighting on that front as well.

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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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