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CMS Announces a Special Open Door Forum on Adding Star Ratings to the Home Health Compare Website
Special Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service will host a second Special Open Door Forum (SODF) call to allow consumers, home health agencies (HHAs), and other interested parties to give additional input and feedback on the planned addition of star ratings to’s Home Health Compare (HHC) web site.

The call follows up on our previous call one on this topic and will include:

  • a summary of the comments received on the material presented at the earlier call and on other aspects of the methodology,
  • a presentation of our revised methodology, and
  • plans for next steps.

NAHC has already submitted comments to CMS on its concerns with the new star rating system. To learn more about NAHC’s comments, please see NAHC Report, January 23, 2015.

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Leadership Council of Aging Organizations Sends Letter to President Obama Urging that his Budget not Shift More Costs onto Medicare Beneficiaries

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) recently sent a letter to President Obama urging him to resist shifting more costs onto Medicare beneficiaries in his FY16 budget. The LCAO letter, which was signed by NAHC, urges President Obama to exclude provisions that were included in previous budget proposals. Two such provisions - home health copays and additional payment cuts for post-acute care providers - were included in the President’s FY15 budget as well as previous proposals, and would be of great concern to the home health community.

The President will be submitting his budget to Congress next week.

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2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition — Call for Presentations
Proposal deadline extended to Monday, February 9, 2015

NAHC is extending the deadline to submit proposals for its 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice invites prospective faculty, speakers, and presenters to submit presentation proposals for the its Annual Meeting & Exposition – held Wednesday, October 28 – Friday, October 30, 2015 at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN – by February 9, 2015.

All members, including associate members and vendors, are encouraged to participate as faculty in the 2015 Annual Meeting. NAHC’s policy is that at least one faculty member in each proposed program must be an active employee of a home care or hospice provider and that member will serve as the designated primary faculty for the session.

The Annual Meeting educational sessions are offered on October 29-30, 2015 to address the needs of home health, hospice, and private duty providers, as well as clinical professionals including nurses, therapists, and physicians.

NAHC will again make it possible for potential faculty, speakers, and presenters to submit presentation proposals online.  Click here to submit online.

All submissions must be received by Monday, February 9, 2015. No submissions or change in content on previously submitted presentations received after this date will be considered.

For more information or questions, please contact the NAHC Education Department at (202) 547-7424.

Click here to submit a proposal.


Director of Finance. VNA Care Network & Hospice, Inc., Southborough, MA

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer the Director of Finance will oversee and actively participate in the accounting, budgeting, cost reporting, accounts payable, billing and cash flow systems of the Network and affiliates. BS Accounting required, MBA and CPA preferred. Minimum 4  years of experience in Home Health financial management and experience in personal computer spreadsheet applications.

Please forward your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Ann Bohac, HR Recruiter VNA Care Network & Hospice at or visit our website at


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