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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2716, 7/31/2015
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Senators Attend Reception Honoring 50th Anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), including the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), held a reception honoring the 50th Anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act on Thursday, July 30. The reception was held in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, and Senator Clair McCaskill (D-MO), Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, served as honorary co-chairs of the reception. In addition to Senator Collins, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) attended and spoke at the evening’s event.

Max Richtman, President of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, provided opening remarks at the reception, expressing gratitude to Senator Collins for attending and co-chairing the reception. Richtman then introduced NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris as a “tireless and terrific advocate” for Medicare and Medicaid.

Halamandaris thanked Richtman for his leadership, and he thanked those involved in the LCAO for their efforts. “Without all of you, the world would have been a very, very different place,” Halamandaris said, adding it was his “great honor” to introduce Senator Susan Collins, and that there is no better example of someone who leads through caring. “I will tell you from experience there is no more caring person on the planet than Senator Susan Collins,” Halamandaris said.

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Action Alert: Contact Your Representative to Sign Letter to CMS to Prevent Home Health Payment Cuts

Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR), Tom Price (R-GA), James P. McGovern (D-MA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), are circulating among their colleagues a sign-on letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that expresses concerns about the proposed home health case mix cut and the proposed Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) penalty percentage. Both concerning proposals were included in the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) proposed rule for 2016, which CMS issued in July. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) summarized the proposed changes in a previous article available here.

“Home health is a critical service that allows frail senior citizens and individuals with disabilities to receive the medical treatment they need in their homes without having to be placed in a more costly healthcare setting,” the Representatives stated in the letter to their colleagues. “The draft HHPPS rule’s proposed case-mix cut and the nature of the HHVBP implementation could exacerbate the weakened fiscal environment in which providers are already working, impacting the care upon which some of the most vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries depend.”

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Four Quick Questions
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is launching a new series of articles called “Four Quick Questions” highlighting education offerings at the 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition. In each article, a lead faculty member provides answers to the same four questions regarding a specific education session.

Today, Katherine J. Vanderhorst, BN, BSN, Vice President of C&V Senior Care Specialists, Inc., in Williamsville, NY, answers questions about Session 408: How to Develop a Niche that Meets the Needs of a Looming Epidemic: Selling Services for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias.

What current issues does the session address?

KJV: The looming epidemic of Alzheimer's is occurring due to the sheer high numbers of Baby Boomers that are aging. The goal of the session is to have attendees understand the sheer numbers and opportunity for service in this area, and to understand that providing clinically effective Alzheimer's care is vital to long-term success in home care.

What is the most important insight or skill that attendees will take away from the session?

KJV: That providing Alzheimer's care is a MUST for long-term survival and can bring in large financial rewards. Staff must be trained to manage the dementia population to ensure that clinical competency, but most importantly to decrease staff turnover.

Who would this session most benefit?

KJV: CEO's, Administrators, Directors of Clinical Services, Directors of Business Development.

How would you best describe your session in 140 characters or less?

KJV: That proving evidenced-based competent care for clients with Alzheimer's and related dementias can reap large financial rewards and company longevity. Come learn how to take your share in Alzheimer's care.


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