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HHS Secretary Burwell Testifies before the Senate Finance Committee
Secretary Burwell called before powerful committee to explain her Department’s component of the President’s recently-submitted budget

Earlier this week, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell was called before the powerful Senate Finance Committee to explain the rationale behind her Department’s budget proposal for FY2016, which was just over $1 trillion. This was Secretary Burwell’s first appearance before the Committee since being confirmed as HHS Secretary. 

In his opening remarks, Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT), the Committee’s Chairman, urged Secretary Burwell to focus on three areas: responsiveness, accountability, and independence. On the final area, independence, Chairman Hatch indicated that he was concerned that there was too much interference from HHS in managing the Department’s entitlement programs. To that end, Chairman Hatch announced that he would introduce legislation making the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) an independent agency, stating that:

“For some time now, I have been concerned about the amount of influence HHS and the administration has over the operations and policies impacting the entitlement programs run by CMS. The budget released this week indicates that spending on just Medicare and Medicaid is expected to exceed $11 trillion over the next decade. In fact, CMS accounts for 85 percent of the total HHS budget.

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CMS Holding a Series of Open Door Forums on the Paper and Electronic Clinical Templates
First call scheduled for February 11 between 1:00pm and 2:00pm EST

CMS will be hosting a series of Special Open Door Forum calls beginning in February 2015 to provide an opportunity for physicians, home health agencies and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback on both the paper clinical template and the electronic clinical template. 

The template is available in two versions: electronic and paper. These draft templates can be accessed by following the links below.



The first call is scheduled for February 11, 2015 from 1pm - 2pm ET. While the call-in details are not yet available, those interested in participating in the first call should check this CMS website for the call-in information when it posts.

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Monday, February 9, 2015 Call for Presentations Proposal Deadline
2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice invites prospective faculty, speakers, and presenters to submit presentation proposals for the its 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, TN.

Proposals must be submitted 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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