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NAHC Report: Issue# 2501, 9/4/2014
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Growing Role of Paramedics in Home Care
HHS Rule Change Allows More Flexibility to Allow Providers to meet E-health Records Goals
For Your Information: Voting Open through September 30 for Top Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year
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Growing Role of Paramedics in Home Care

NAHC’s National Council on Medicaid Home Care has observed a growing trend of paramedics serving in home care. In some states, paramedics have begun to compete with home care companies for business traditionally provided by agencies, while in Minnesota, Medicaid has begun to pay for paramedics to provide these services. The following is a synopsis of developments of paramedics in home care in Minnesota, Colorado, Texas, Massachusetts, and North Dakota.

While Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics both work in emergency medical services (EMS), paramedics, while less common, typically have significantly greater course requirements.


In Minnesota, paramedics provide certain home care services through the community paramedics program.  A community paramedic (EMT-CP) is someone who is certified as an EMT-paramedic (EMT-P), but also meets additional service, educational, and other requirements.  Minnesota also has certification requirements for EMTs, AEMTs (Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians), and paramedics.

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HHS Rule Change Allows More Flexibility to Allow Providers to meet E-health Records Goals

A new ruling by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will allow more health care providers be able to meet the Department’s goals with certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) because of a new rule allowing for more flexibility in how providers may use CEHRT.

According to an HHS press release, a final rule from August 29 lets more providers meet use objectives for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs reporting period for 2014.

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Voting Open through September 30 for Top Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year

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.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Strong Home Care Group, Inc. (SHCG) is the sole member of the certified agency Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc. (VNS) and of the licensed agency Signature Care (VNSC). In turn, VNS is the sole member of the licensed agency Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. (FLVNS) and the licensed agency Finger Lakes Home Care, Inc. (FLHC). The combined agencies serve seven (7) counties  

Job Description:  Strong Home Care Group, Inc. seeks a dynamic, strategic, and visionary leader for the five corporations.  The President and CEO is accountable for assuring that home and community-based services meet the strategic needs of UR Medicine and aspire to set national benchmarks for patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and cost efficiency. 


  • Master’s degree in a health-related or business field. Must have 5-10 years of progressive experience in leadership management. 
  • Experience within a health system and/or academic medical center.
  • Demonstrated success as a visionary thinker with the ability to plan for the future and to execute action plans.
  • Expert knowledge of the home care and health industry. 
  • Knowledge of regulatory and The Joint Commission accreditation requirements.

Qualified candidates please send resume to:

Human Resources
2180 Empire Blvd.
Webster, NY 14580

Fax: 585-787-8369


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