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NAHC Report: Issue# 2425, 5/8/2014
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NAHC’s Affiliate Home Care Technology Association of America Submits Comments on the 2015 EHR Certification Program
Home Care Medicaid Fraud Developments in Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas
For Your Information: NAHC and HHNA Celebrate Nurses During National Nurses Week

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NAHC’s Affiliate Home Care Technology Association of America Submits Comments on the 2015 EHR Certification Program

NAHC’s affiliated Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently submitted comments to Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, on the topic of the Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) certification program. HCTAA submitted its comments, “to provide the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) with stakeholder feedback on the alignment of standards that will be required to support the interoperable exchange of health information, more robust data patient profiles during care transitions, improved care coordination, longitudinal care planning and improved patient assessments in the home health care and hospice settings.”

HCTAA - established in 2005 to amplify the voice of the home and hospice care profession and to support initiatives that encourage the use of technologies to improved person-centric longitudinal care coordination in the home – has been involved with the Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework Longitudinal Coordination of Care (LCC) Work Group (WG) since its inception in December 2011.

One of the proposed initiatives under the 2015 EHR Certification Program would provide for a voluntary EHR certification program for Long-term Post-acute Care (LTPAC) providers - including for home health care and hospice providers.

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Home Care Medicaid Fraud Developments in Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas

The National Council on Medicaid Home Care – a NAHC affiliate - reports on recent developments in home care Medicaid fraud and abuse, including: 1) alleged owner and advocate personal care services fraud in Texas; 2) alleged owner/operator fraud in North Carolina; and 3) alleged personal care services caregiver fraud in Kansas. 

Texas

As reported by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Texas, on April 25, Jeffrey Parsons and David Edson were charged in 13 counts for conspiracy to pay kickbacks to personal care home owners and patient advocates.  Both worked for Continuum Healthcare LLC (Continuum) ”Parsons was the vice president of operations, while Edson was the vice president of development.  According to the indictment, Continuum owned and operated three Houston area community mental health centers.

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NAHC and HHNA Celebrate Nurses During National Nurses Week

To celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) salute nursing as our country’s most trustworthy field. Americans share our faith in nurses, according to Gallup’s 2013 survey of “Honesty/Ethics in Professions.”

Eighty-two percent of those polled rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high.” Nursing came in 12 points above any other profession, a result that should come as no surprise. Nurses have topped the list for 14 of the past 15 years.

“Nurses consistently get these top marks because of their empathy, professionalism, and compassion,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “Today’s nurses deserve our profound respect,” which is why NAHC and HHNA have launched the third annual Nurse Recognition Program.

Nominations are now being accepted to honor top home care and hospice nurses from across the country. 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 submit nominees to represent their state for 2014.

To be eligible, a nominee must be a registered nurse now employed by a home care or hospice agency that belongs to NAHC.

“We intend for the winners 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, chairman of HHNA.

Both NAHC and HHNA are committed to building the future of American nursing. Their 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 changing their patients’ lives.

The nurses will be highlighted in CARING and have their registration fee waived at the NAHC Annual Meeting on October 19 - 22, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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

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