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NAHC Report: Issue# 2411, 4/14/2014
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Keep Up Advocacy Efforts for Home Health and Hospice During Congress’ April Recess
The NAHC Strategic Planning Congress: Setting an Agenda for Action
For Your Information: NAHC and HHNA Seek 2014 Nominations for America’s Top Nurses in Home Care & Hospice
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Keep Up Advocacy Efforts for Home Health and Hospice During Congress’ April Recess
NAHC Provides Key Messages to Share with Lawmakers as well as Talking Points, Fact Sheets, Sample Letters on the Legislative Action Network

Members of Congress are out for their two-week April recess and will not return to Washington until April 28.  This would be a good time for home care and hospice advocates to be in touch with their Members of Congress back home about home care and hospice issues.

An effective idea is to invite your legislators to accompany representatives of your agency on a home visit as a compelling way to ensure Members of Congress are informed about the benefits of home care and hospice.  Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said at NAHC’s recent March on Washington that a home visit with a home care provider was a transformative experience for her.   Home care and hospice advocates should also attend legislators’ public appearances over the recess for a chance to speak up about the importance of home care and hospice issues. 

Helpful when planning such a contact or visit, many legislators now list their schedules on their website, or this information can be obtained by calling the Member’s district office and requesting an itinerary.   

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The NAHC Strategic Planning Congress: Setting an Agenda for Action

“We’re all a product of decisions we make in our life,” NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris recently told attendees at the NAHC Strategic Planning Congress. “The fact that you have taken the time away from your business to be here says it all. You’re making an investment in the future. You’re making an investment in NAHC and all your patients, especially the 78 million baby boomers who are going to need home care and hospice. Without us they’re not going to get what they want,” he warned. “So I commend you for choosing to be here,” he told a group made up of NAHC’s board of directors and heads of its Forum of State Associations, along with key leaders of home care and hospice.

The Strategic Planning agenda was designed to give home care and hospice a unified vision, imbue it with a fresh sense of mission, and chart a course ahead. All three are needed because life’s no beach right now for home care and hospice. The industry faces new rules and laws that pose problems for both providers and patients. “We’re being besieged on all sides,” said Michele Quirolo, president and CEO of VNA of Hudson Valley. “Unless we take time to get together and come up with an action plan, our industry will suffer. This is a good time to connect with people in all aspects of home care and hospice.”

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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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