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NAHC Report: Issue# 2426, 5/9/2014
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Governor Susana Martinez Calls on Federal Government to Pass Legislation Allowing Nursing Professionals to Certify Home Health Care and Hospice Services
Helen Heyrman, a Leader in Home Care who Helped Found NAHC, Dies at 93
For Your Information: NAHC Hosts Free May 12 Teleconference on the Proposed FY2015 Hospice Payment Regulation

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Governor Susana Martinez Calls on Federal Government to Pass Legislation Allowing Nursing Professionals to Certify Home Health Care and Hospice Services
Says Federal Action is Required to Help Meet Increasing Demand for Primary Care; New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care Executive Director Joie Glenn Offers Support

Governor Susana Martinez (D-NM) has called on the federal government to allow nursing professionals to certify home health care and hospice services for Medicare beneficiaries. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Governor Martinez called on the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that allows nurse practitioners to certify and make changes to home health plans of care to make these services eligible for Medicare reimbursement.

National Nurses Week runs from Tuesday May 6 to Monday May 12.

“Nursing professionals are critical to meeting increasing demand for health care services,” said Governor Martinez. “To help meet these needs, the federal government must empower nurse practitioners to take a leadership role in home health and hospice care, in particular. These changes are important to ensuring that our families and communities have access to the high-quality health care they need and deserve, particularly in rural and underserved areas.”

The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) as H.R. 2504 and in the U.S. Senate by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) as S. 1332, seeks to amend the Social Security Act to allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives to certify and make changes to home health plans of care.

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Helen Heyrman, a Leader in Home Care who Helped Found NAHC, Dies at 93

Helen Heyrman, executive director of the first Home Health Care Association in the country, earned the moniker "Home Health Helen" and received 28 national, state and local awards for her dedication as an early leader in the field of aging. Her accomplishments were recognized when she was inducted in the first class of the national council's Hall of Fame in 2011. Mrs. Heyrman died of natural causes last month in Evanston, IL.

“Helen Heyrman was a great human being who used her life fully and spent most of it living to improve the lives of others.  She was a towering figure in the home care community and helped to create the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) in 1982,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “Helen served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Home Care & Hospice Council where she worked tirelessly to provide higher standards and excellence in patient care.” 

Mrs. Heyrman’s accomplishments were recognized when she was inducted in the first class of the NAHC Home Care and Hospice Hall of Fame along with such other notables as Mother Teresa, President William J. Clinton, Helen Hayes, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Sen. Robert J. Dole (R-NC), and Hon. Rosalynn Carter.

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NAHC Hosts Free May 12 Teleconference on the Proposed FY2015 Hospice Payment Regulation

What: A free teleconference. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Hospice Association of America will host a free member teleconference to highlight issues of critical importance for the hospice community.

When: The teleconference will take place Monday, May 12, from 1:00 p.m. EST to 2:00 p.m. EST.

The number to call in US/CAN toll free is: 1.888.631.5928 and the passcode is: 343751.

Why: As part of the proposed FY2015 Hospice Payment Regulation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning a number of regulatory changes that will impact hospice providers. Perhaps even more importantly, as part of the regulation’s discussion of hospice payment reform and coordination of Part D benefits, CMS is sending a strong signal that it intends to tighten oversight of hospice agencies and more clearly define the “bundle” of services that must be provided under the hospice benefit. As part of the call, presenters will discuss the broad range of issues addressed as part of the proposed rule, and outline their implications for hospice policy and practice.

Who is conducting the seminar: Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC; Theresa Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy and Programs; Katie Wehri, Hospice Regulatory and Operations Specialist; and Bill Dombi, Executive Director, Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association.

Who may participate: NAHC members. Please email Mike Wittke at mw@nahc.org to reserve your place on the call. The first 500 people will be guaranteed a place.

Will questions be allowed: Yes. Questions from participants will be received 24-hours in advance or submitted while the teleconference is live on the date of the broadcast. Send questions to Barbara Woolley, at bdw@nahc.org.

Will the teleconference be recorded: Yes, there will be a recording of the teleconference. Highlights of the event will also appear in NAHC Report, NAHC’s daily electronic newsletter, and in CARING, its monthly magazine.

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