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NAHC Report: Issue# 2467, 7/15/2014
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NAHC and HHNA Announce Finalists for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award
Kansas to Launch Health Homes Initiative
For Your Information: Ric Edelman Named Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting
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NAHC and HHNA Announce Finalists for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award
Voting Through September 30 for Top Home Care & Hospice Nurse

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) recently announced the top 10 finalists for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year. Now NAHC and HHNA invite their members, affiliated state associations, and the general public to visit NAHC’s website and vote for this year’s winner. The 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year will be announced at the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition on October 19 - 22, 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
When the meeting convenes, the top nurse and nine final contenders will come before NAHC members and get the recognition they deserve. “It is most appropriate that we make the effort to identify and celebrate the best among us, the nurses who distinguish themselves by the size of their hearts, by their professionalism, and by their work ethic,” said Andrea L. Devoti, RN, chairman of the NAHC board of directors. “Our focus is to highlight the impact that nurses make day in and day out in homes across the country, despite the challenges they face,” she explained. “And it’s time for the public to honor nurses and thank them for all they contribute,” added Elaine D. Stephens, RN, NAHC executive Vice President and current chairman of HHNA. “This is our chance to remind everyone how hard it is for nurses to do their vital work while facing senseless cuts in reimbursement.”

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Kansas to Launch Health Homes Initiative

Kansas officials plan to launch a Medicaid health homes initiative in the state, with beneficiaries expected to receive services beginning August 1.  Kansas has not yet received formal approval of its proposed state plan amendments to enact the initiative, but local officials expect such approval. If approved, the federal government will pay for 90 percent of the costs in the first two years. KanCare’s three managed care organizations (MCOs) will manage the program. The health homes initiative would represent a merging of both the Affordable Care Act, which calls for the implementation of such health homes, and KanCare, which is Kansas’ recent transition from fee-for-service Medicaid to managed care.

Eligible Population

The population eligible for enrollment in Kansas’ health homes will be limited to those Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI), estimated at about 36,000 people. Eventually, eligibility will expand to those who have asthma or diabetes, and are at risk of developing another chronic condition; these criteria are expected to expand eligibility by another 38,000 people. Eligible participants will be notified by mail that they will be included in the initiative unless they choose to opt out. Officials predict that 75 percent, or around 55,000, of eligible participants will stay in the health home initiative, while the rest will opt out (and remain in Medicaid).

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Ric Edelman Named Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting
Edelman Will Announce Plans to Help NAHC’s Home Care and Hospice Nurses Beginning in October

Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC, announced that Ric Edelman, three times ranked the #1 independent financial advisor in the nation by Barron’s, will be a Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday, October 20, 2014.

"We are very pleased that Ric will speak to attendees and give them advice on how to improve their personal finances,” said Halamandaris. “Edelman will announce that his firm, Edelman Financial Services, will provide free financial planning for nurses who are NAHC members as of the Annual Meeting. Additionally, Edelman will announce an initiative to help home care and hospice nurses, the specifics of which will be given at the upcoming meeting. Ric's appearance is just the start of what is expected to be a great long-term relationship with us."

Edelman and his firm have focused on small investors rather than the wealthier investors generally sought after by Wall Street firms. He has long concentrated on helping caring professions such as schoolteachers, firemen, police officers, those in the armed services - and especially nurses. Edelman explains that the other caring professionals receive pensions upon retirement but not nurses. "I really feel as if someone needs to help nurses who are underpaid and overworked. We want to provide them with the financial education and advice they need so they can have a bright future," Edelman said.

Edelman is a New York Times bestselling author. Two of his books, The Truth About Money and The Lies About Money have been selected as “book of the year" by the Institute of Financial Literacy. Edelman’s latest book, The Truth About Retirement Plans and IRAs, is a #1 national bestseller. Some one million copies of his books are in print and they have been translated into several languages.

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