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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2681, 6/9/2015
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Former Senator Mark Begich: “A Vote for Val is a Vote to Move Home Care and Hospice Forward”
Senate Committee Pursues Legislative Proposals to Improve Health IT
For Your Information: Early Registration Ends June 23rd for the 2015 Financial Management Conference & Exposition
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Former Senator Mark Begich: “A Vote for Val is a Vote to Move Home Care and Hospice Forward”
Vote Today to Support Halamandaris for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

In a video [link to video] released today, Former Senator Mark Begich, Vice President for Policy and Development at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), encouraged the public to vote for NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

In May, Modern Healthcare selected Halamandaris as one of 300 finalists for its 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare issue.  Each year, the list honors individuals who are deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare to have made the greatest impact on health care. 

Voting is open to the public until June 26th.  Please note you must cast votes for a total of five nominees in order for your vote to count.  You can vote by clicking here.

Begich made the case that voting for Halamandaris is an important way to benefit the standing of home care and hospice nationwide.

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Senate Committee Pursues Legislative Proposals to Improve Health IT

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss problems with a federal program meant to encourage health care providers to adopt electronic health records.  The Committee met in what was the first in a series of hearings to address the topic of improving health IT.

HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said the Committee hopes to identify “five of six” proposals improving the adoption of electronic health records to include in a medical innovations bill later this year.

“Today’s hearing sets the table for an important series of hearings the committee will hold over the summer focused on how we can improve electronic health records for doctors and their patients,” said Alexander.  “Our goal, through the hearings and our committee’s bipartisan working group, will be to identify the five or six steps we can take to improve electronic health records—technology that has great promise, but has, through bad policy and bad incentives, run badly off track.”

Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) also stated her determination to strengthening the exchange of health IT information.  She emphasized the importance of both accessibility and security.

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Early Registration Ends June 23rd for the 2015 Financial Management Conference & Exposition

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced details regarding the Home Health Track at the 2015 Financial Management Conference & Exposition.  Conference participants will have the opportunity to choose one among four education tracks, including: the Home Health Track, the Hospice Track, the Innovations Track, and the Leadership Track.

For more details and to register for the Financial Management Conference, please click here.

 

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