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NAHC Report: Issue# 2472, 7/22/2014
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NAHC Celebrates 24th Anniversary of the ADA
Revised NAHC/HAA Tools for Hospice and Part D Coordination Now Available Online
For Your Information: Voting Open through September 30 for Top Home Care & Hospice Nurse
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NAHC Celebrates 24th Anniversary of the ADA

Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) commemorates the 24th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In celebration of this historic day, we reflect on the ADA and the many lives it has touched.

  • Approximately 57 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010.
  • About 8.1 million people had vision impairment.
  • Roughly 30.6 million had movement impairment.
  • Approximately 2.4 million had Alzheimer’s disease, senility, or any form of neurocognitive disorders.

“This week, we observe the 24th anniversary of the ADA, a milestone law that guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “Let us recognize the founding fathers of the ADA who helped wage the last great civil rights battle of our time.”

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Revised NAHC/HAA Tools for Hospice and Part D Coordination Now Available Online

On July 18, 2014 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum, Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Medicare Hospice, which updates the guidance previously released in March.  Under the new guidance, in lieu of placing a beneficiary-level prior authorization (PA) on all drugs for beneficiaries who have elected hospice, CMS strongly encourages Part D sponsors to place beneficiary-level PA requirements on only four categories of prescription drugs: analgesics, antinauseants (antiemetics), laxatives, and antianxiety drugs (anxiolytics). 

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and other stakeholders were actively involved in efforts to address the numerous issues related to CMS’ previous across-the-board PA requirement that created challenges for hospice patients in accessing needed prescription medications.

NAHC’s Hospice Association of America (HAA) has revised previously developed tools to assist member organizations as they implement processes to help patients ensure timely access to prescribed drugs.

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Voting Open 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.”

An expert committee chose 50 state winners, and narrowed them down to 10 top contenders, based on an essay about each nurse and thoughtful evaluation of their credentials. These 50 state nurses are featured in CARING online and will be invited to the NAHC Annual Meeting. Their registration fees will be waived, and they will be honored at a reception. The top 10 contenders will receive a $70 gift certificate from Hopkins Medical Products, now marking 70 years in business. The one who is chosen Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year will have their travel and hotel expenses paid, and receive a new Apple iPad along with a $140 gift certificate from Hopkins Medical Products. The winner will also serve as a symbol of what nurses can do, and we need you to help pick this special nurse. To view the top 10 honorees, click here. Cast your vote for one of these 10 nurses who inspire us by their commitment to patients and love for their work.

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