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NAHC Ebola Task Force Chair Named to Ebola Recognition Wall
Top Professional Association for Infection Preventionists Honors NAHC Ebola Task Force Chair Barbara Citarella for “Above and Beyond” Efforts in Fight against Ebola

Following Time Magazine’s selection of “The Ebola Fighters” for Person of the Year 2014, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has established an Ebola Recognition Wall in order to recognize outstanding contributions and expertise in the fight against Ebola.  APIC—the leading professional association representing infection preventionists (IPs)—has named to its Ebola Recognition Wall Barbara Citarella, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) Chair of the Ebola Task Force.

“Ebola fighters are indeed worthy of this acknowledgement and we are proud to recognize our members who have joined the effort,” APIC stated on its website.  “We thank all IPs for their ongoing efforts.  Here we recognize the IPs who have gone ‘above and beyond,’ volunteering their time and expertise to help control the spread of Ebola domestically or abroad.”

APIC represents more than 15,000 member nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, microbiologists, and medical technologists.  These leading clinical professionals are on the front lines of infection prevention.

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NAHC Offers Complementary Financial Education and Advice from Edelman Financial Services

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is offering complementary financial education and advice through an exclusive video with Ric Edelman, CEO and Chairman of Edelman Financial Services LLC.  In the video, Edelman—an acclaimed financial advisor, bestselling author and award-winning radio talk-show host—answers common questions related to the topic of Financial Planning and Investments.

Edelman educates his audience about how to define their financial goals and dreams.  He argues that it is necessary to identify a dream and turn it into a specific goal in order to achieve it.  Edelman also provides advice about: where to best invest long-term savings; how to best build cash reserves by selecting the right kind of account; and how to protect against money’s “silent killer,” inflation.  Edelman provides an example helps a man who recently downsized his home invest the extra cash for retirement.

The video addresses the reality that not all financial advisors serve their clients’ best interests.  In order to educate NAHC members about what types of financial advisors to seek out and what types to avoid, Edelman explains the different types of advisors and how they are paid.  Finally, Edelman explains what to do when the market crashes by answering a caller’s question about whether to cash in or wait it out.

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NAHC Offers Hospice “Survey Readiness” Educational Opportunity
Registration Currently Available for April 22 Event

In October 2014, President Obama signed The IMPACT Act into law requiring that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), for the first time ever, ensure that each Medicare-certified hospice undergo a survey at least once every 36 months.  The requirement became effective in early April 2015, so CMS and state survey agencies have been gearing up to tackle the increased survey frequency.  However, some hospices have not had a state survey since before the revised Hospice Conditions of Participation (CoP) went into effect in late 2008.  Much may have changed since the last time a surveyor came on-site to assess the hospice’s adherence to the CoP. 

In anticipation of the greater frequency of surveys and need for hospices to prepare, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is offering a 90-minute web event designed to help hospice agencies  ensure that they are survey-ready.  The session will review the CMS’ implementation plans for the IMPACT Act and walk through the hospice federal recertification survey process.  NAHC will review the steps the surveyor(s) will take and the reports, forms, and documents hospices should have on hand or have ready access to for each of these steps.  NAHC will also advise on how to handle concerns identified by the surveyor and how to manage the survey process and the surveyor(s).  For instance, what should a hospice be prepared to provide the surveyor during the entrance interview and how much time does the hospice have to supply the information to the surveyor.

The web event—titled “Hospice Survey Preparedness and Readiness”—will occur Wednesday, April 22, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern).

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, JD, will moderate the web event.  The session will include panel presentations by hospice policy experts Katie Wehri, CHC, CHPC, Hospice Operations Expert, and Theresa Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs at NAHC.

The registration fee for participation is $125 for members and $225 for non-members. No refunds are allowed after April 20, 2015. Until that date, a 25 percent administrative cancelation fee will be charged for all cancelations. Cancelation must be made in writing to

Regarding continuing education credits (CEUs), 1.5 CEUs will be applied for Nurses.

For those unable to participate and others interested, a recording will be available for purchase after the event.

If you have questions, please email or call 866.863.3903 to receive assistance from a NAHC representative.

Click here to register for the event.

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