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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2617, 3/6/2015
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The QIN-QIOs Offer Home Health Agencies a Unique Opportunity
Adopting Information Technologies for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care: Achieving Care Continuity
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The QIN-QIOs Offer Home Health Agencies a Unique Opportunity

On August 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program began new quality improvement initiatives under its 11th Statement of Work (SOW). The 11th SOW is being carried out by the recently formed Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs). There are 14 QIN-QIOs that are conducting work throughout the nation with each QIN-QIO covering 2- 6 states. For more information on the QIN-QIO Program, please click here.

The 11th SoW includes opportunities for home health agencies to play a key role in achieving the nation’s goal to significantly reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes.   

Under one of the program aims: Healthy People, Healthy Communities: Improving the Health Status of Communities, the QIN-QIOs have been tasked with improving cardiac health and reducing cardiac healthcare disparities (Task B.1). Task B.1 specifically requires the QIN-QIOs to actively recruit home health agencies to participate in this quality initiative.

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New Congressional Caucus to Focus on Caregivers

Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with Reps. Diane Black (R-TN) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NN), announced last week that they created the Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) caucus with the backing of AARP, the American Health Care Association, and other groups with a stake in providing health care and other support for caregivers. The new bipartisan, bicameral caucus will focus specifically on the needs of family caregivers in the United States.

Sen. Ayotte, as well as other leaders of the new caucus and some of their constituents, shared personal stories and experiences of their own informal, unpaid care-giving arrangements – arrangements that usually come with little notice or training and can fray nerves, family budgets and relationships.

“This is not a partisan issue. This is an issue that impacts every single American,” said Senator Ayotte at a recent press conference announcing the formation of the new ACT caucus.

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Hear Leading Voices in Congress Talk About the Importance of Homecare and Hospice at the March on Washington’s Tuesday Senate Breakfast and Wednesday House Breakfast!

This year, attendees to NAHC’s March on Washington will be able to hear from leading home care and hospice advocates from both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

These breakfasts will bring together some of the leading voices in Congress. Come hear their perspectives on the 2015 legislative agenda, receive guidance on how home care and hospice providers can more effectively advocate for their patients and employees, and show appreciation to those who have worked so hard on our behalf in recent years.

Congressional breakfasts routinely rank as the highlight of the March on Washington, and this year’s is not to be missed.

The March on Washington is being held March 22 – 25 at the historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.

To register to attend the March on Washington, please click here.

To learn more about this year’s March on Washington, please click here.

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