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NAHC Report: Issue# 2541, 11/1/2014
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Home Care Technology Association of America Provides Policy and Legislative Update on Health IT Interoperability
Institute of Medicine Releases New Report – Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preference Near the End of Life
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Home Care Technology Association of America Provides Policy and Legislative Update on Health IT Interoperability
Overarching view is that both Congress and the Administration

NAHC’s affiliate – the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) – recently gave a Heath IT legislative and policy update to the NAHC Board. There was a particular emphasis on interoperability, as both the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and Congress have been working on the issue.

Below is a summary of recent Congressional activity on the subject of interoperability:

  • A bipartisan group of staff members from the Senate Finance Committee and Senate HELP Committee have been holding regular meetings to discuss Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3 implementation and interoperability.
  • The House Energy & Commerce Committee has been considering a number of technology-related issues for their 21st Century Cures legislation -  including bills on data blocking, interoperability and telehealth.

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Institute of Medicine Releases New Report – Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preference Near the End of Life

The Institute of Medicine recently released a report, Dying in America:  Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preference Near the End of Life.  While the report did not have a strong focus on hospice or some of the conditions hospices are dealing with, such as Alzheimer’s, it does provide useful information on the current state of end of life care. 

National palliative care expert Dr. Diane Meier conducted a webinar overview of the report where NAHC’s affiliate Hospice Association of America (HAA) was a participant. Dr. Meier explained how the Institute of Medicine improves general awareness, for the topics on which it reports, among professionals, policy makers, and the general public.  The IoM has made the message clear through this most current report and previous reports that palliative care is essential to quality of life care. 

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November is Home Care and Hospice Month

During November the home care and hospice community honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, we call upon all Americans to commemorate the power of caring, both at the home and in their local communities and join with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) by celebrating November as Home Care and Hospice Month with the following themes:

Home Care: Home is the Center of Health Care

Hospice: Hospice = Love in Action

Private Duty: Loving Care Tailored to Each Family’s Needs

NAHC honors National Home Care Month with the theme Home is the Center of Health Care, the product of a brainstorming session at the 2013 NAHC Strategic Planning Congress. The session brought together members of NAHC’s board of directors and heads of its Forum of State Associations, along with key home care and hospice leaders. They exchanged their thoughts under the guidance of Dr. Lance Secretan, management guru and former corporate CEO, who helped them define their vision of what home care can become.

NAHC and its affiliate Hospice Association of America (HAA) honor National Hospice Month with the theme Hospice = Love in Action. Hospice provides pain control and palliative care to patients who are terminally ill. It also addresses their social, spiritual, and emotional needs, along with those of their family members. For decades, patients have counted on hospice to give them comfort, peace, and closure in the twilight of life.

NAHC and its affiliate Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA) honor Home Care and Hospice Month with the theme Loving Care Tailored to Each Family’s Needs. Private duty offers services to suit every client, whether it involves medical or nonmedical care, grooming or going on errands, helping clients get ready for the day or making them gourmet meals. These services help the aged, infirm, or disabled stay safe and independent at home, wherever they might call home.

For More information visit the NAHC website, here.

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