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NAHC Report: Issue# 2433, 5/20/2014
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Senator Ron Wyden Confirmed as Keynote Speaker During NAHC’s Annual Meeting
NAHC President and Executive Committee Meet with President Clinton
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Senator Ron Wyden Confirmed as Keynote Speaker During NAHC’s Annual Meeting
Chairman of the Powerful Senate Finance Committee and Longtime Home Care & Hospice Advocate will Address Attendees Sunday, October 19

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been confirmed as the keynote speaker during NAHC’s Annual Meeting, held this year in Phoenix, AZ October 19-22. Senator Wyden will speak the General Session on Sunday, October 19.

Earlier this year, Senator Wyden became Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid issues, after longtime Chairman Max Baucus resigned from the Senate to become the US ambassador to China.

Senator Wyden has long been a strong ally of home care and hospice – and has sponsored key pieces of legislation that would strengthen beneficiaries' access to such services. He recently introduced his own SGR repeal legislation that would either not require offsets or use unexpended funds from the Overseas Contingency Operations account resulting from the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Mr. Wyden plays an integral role in shaping legislation that affects the home care and hospice community, and his past statements and actions on behalf of home care and hospice have been encouraging and supportive enough that he has been elected to the Caring Hall of Fame earlier this year.

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NAHC President and Executive Committee Meet with President Clinton
NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, Board Chair Andrea Devoti and NAHC’s Executive Committee Share Head Table with President Clinton During a Dinner for the Thea Foundation

NAHC’s Executive Committee recently sat at the head table with President Bill Clinton during a dinner for the Thea Foundation. The Thea Foundation designs programs to help kids find confidence, self-worth and perspective through creative expression, from experiences in many arts-related activities both extra-curricular and in-school, as well as providing scholarships and arts curricula for schools.

A long-time supporter of home care and hospice, the dinner gave NAHC’s Executive Board the opportunity to hear Mr. Clinton’s thoughts on the current state of the country and share some of home care and hospice’s challenges and opportunities in a number of different arenas.

During the dinner, President Clinton again expressed his support and admiration for those who choose a life of caring for others in home care and hospice specifically and those who choose to dedicate their lives to the service of others more generally.

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Upcoming NAHC Trainings on Implementing the New Hospice Item Set

NAHC is offering the following webinar on IMPLEMENTING THE HIS at a single low rate of $125 per site – regardless of the number of participants you have in the room.

When: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Register Here to reserve your space.


This informative session will review each component of the HIS implementation, the details of each measure and what hospices should include in and collect from their records as well as explain the intersection of HIS and QAPI.  This webinar will also list operational and procedural steps that will streamline implementation and maintenance.


  • Brief HQRP update
  • Describe details of the HIS measures and data that must be collected
  • Review the components of HIS implementation and the timeframes for data collection/submission
  • Identify effective approaches to meeting the organizational and staff related challenges specific to implementation
  • Explain the intersection of the HIS and the QAPI requirements
  • List tips for smooth implementation and reporting


Katie Wehri, CHC, CHPC
Hospice Operations
National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Theresa M. Forster
Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs
National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Register Here to reserve your space.

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