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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2730, 8/19/2015
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Update: House Sign-On Letter to CMS on Payment Cuts and Unsustainable Value Based Purchasing Penalty Percentage
Annual Meeting Spotlight: Quality Education Sessions
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Update: House Sign-On Letter to CMS on Payment Cuts and Unsustainable Value Based Purchasing Penalty Percentage

Since last week, seven additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives have agreed to co-sign the letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to prevent the proposed home health case mix cut and Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) penalty percentage. The seven additional members include: Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-9), Richard Hanna (R-NY-22), David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV-1), Patrick Meehan (R-PA-7), Luke Messer (R-IN-6), Devin Nunes (R-CA-22), and Mike Thompson (D-CA-5).

The current total number of members who have agreed to co-sign the letter is 15. The letter is being circulated to House members by Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR-2), Tom Price (R-GA-6), James P. McGovern (D-MA-2), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3) (see previous NAHC Report article here). Other members who have signed the letter include: Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY-9), Charles W. Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA-3), Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL-20), and Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA-5). Congratulations New Jersey, Oregon, Georgia, Massachusetts, Louisiana, New York, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and California for getting one or more of your Representatives on the letter.

Please use NAHC’s Legislation Action Center (click here) to encourage your Representative to sign the letter today. The deadline to sign the House letter has been extended to September 15 since many health staffers are saying they will need to get final approval from their bosses after they return from recess on September 8.

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Annual Meeting Spotlight: Quality Education Sessions
In coming weeks, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is running a series of articles highlighting the exciting education sessions available under the various education tracks at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Today, we highlight the Quality education track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Here are the courses available under the Quality education track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition:

How Nursing Knowledge can make a Difference in Client Outcomes

The impact of nursing knowledge on clients’ outcome improvement scores is elusive. A study of nine home health agencies in Ohio was conducted to explain how these agencies use nursing knowledge to raise outcome improvement scores. The audience will be able to formulate ideas for using this information in staff development, new performance improvement processes, and clinical ladder projects. Understanding the effect of nursing knowledge on patient outcome scores can assist home health agencies in understanding how to support nurses in providing quality care.

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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 the 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's four quick questions are from Cheryl Peltekis, RN, Clinical Director and Vice President, Immediate Homecare and Hospice talking about her session: 809: How to Grow Your Sales in Private Duty

1. What current issues do the sessions address?

CP: Companies are struggling to grow because they don't have a marketing plan or they are struggling to execute their marketing plan. This session will address both.

2. What is the most important insight or skill that attendees will take away from the sessions?

CP: How to successfully execute a marketing plan which includes both indirect and direct marketing techniques. Direct marketing techniques using a 52 week sales plan for success will be the highlight!

3. Who would these sessions most benefit?

CP: Any home health, hospice, or private duty agency that wants to start a sales team, wants to grow their organization, or is a sales manager, or a sales representative or owner of an organization should attend.  

4. How would you best describe these sessions in 140 characters or less?

CP: There is tremendous competition in our industry. You must have a plan and know how to execute it to get your revenue growing. "Come learn from a successful agency owner how to increase your revenue to the multimillion dollar level!"

Referral Center Registered Nurse

The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia is the largest and oldest provider of hospice and home care in the Philadelphia region.

Position Summary:

Responsible for management of the clerical and clinical operations of the Intake Department.  Responsible for making clinical judgments regarding referral requests received by the Intake Department .Assists in planning and arranging for patient care needs in home or community based settings on a comprehensive basis. Initiates contact and follow up calls with referral sources to assure completeness on individual patient referrals, and educates referral sources on the VNA’s mission and full range of home and community health services. 


  • Two years professional level health care experience with a knowledge base of all aspects of home care.
  • ICD-10 training required
  • Knowledge of needs and requirements of third party payers, including Medicare, Medicaid and others.
  • Ability to identify unmet needs and match them with appropriate services in a complex clinical and financial environment.
  • Proficient in Computer Software Programs
  • PA Registered Nurse Licensure.
  • Flexibility of schedule- Will require some evening hours
  • BS in Nursing required

Candidates please submit a resume to or via fax to 215-878-9529.


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