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Court of Appeals Overturns District Court Which Blocked DOL from Killing Longstanding Pro-Consumer Rules

On August 21, 2015, a three judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals announced its decision to overrule a federal District Court for the District of Columbia decision by Judge Richard J. Leon in a suit brought by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the International Franchise Association and others. In that decision Judge Leon had sharp words of criticism for DOL, which in amending the overtime rules applicable to home health workers had taken the extraordinary step of abolishing certain consumer protections that have been part of the law and regulations for the past 35 years.

"We were disappointed in the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals," said Denise Schrader, Chairman of NAHC. "Left standing the decision will hurt consumers, particularly patients with disabilities and homecare workers, as well as the homecare agencies that both employ and serve them.  However, we are prepared to take our case to the Supreme Court where we have won on these identic

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Annual Meeting Spotlight: Human Resources Education Track
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 Human Resources education track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition.

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

How to Train Management to Create a Just Culture

Having a just culture is the key to knowing what to do when employees make mistakes and do not consistently act according to your health care policies, procedures, and values. This session will show health care managers how to create a learning culture producing the best possible outcomes, foster openness and fairness, and avoid overly punitive reactions to adverse events and errors.

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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 Maribeth Gallagher, DNP, FAAN, Dementia Program Director, Hospice of the Valley talking about her session: 604: How to Create a "Dementia Capable" Hospice Team: Raising the Bar

1. What current issues do the sessions address?

MG: As burgeoning numbers of people with end-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias continue to rise, hospices are challenged with how best to serve these patients and their families. The traditional hospice model based on cancer care falls short of meeting the unique disease-specific needs of both patients with dementia and their loved ones. In response to this pressing need, Hospice of the Valley created a dementia program in 2003 that continues to thrive using evidence-based approaches. This session will provide an overview of the dementia program’s ongoing efforts to improve the interdisciplinary teams’ abilities to address the modifiable factors associated with better outcomes for people with advanced dementia and their families.  

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

MG: Raising the bar to become a dementia capable hospice is both feasible and affordable, but requires time and committed leadership skills to educate and support all members of the hospice team so that they can bring the best of themselves to provide evidence-based dementia care and serve patients and families with excellence.

3. Who would these sessions most benefit?

MG: Anyone interested in current best practices in palliative dementia care, particularly those who work in hospice leadership and clinical care. 

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

MG: It is feasible for all hospices to become more dementia capable in order to ease suffering and optimize quality of life for people with end-stage dementia and their families.

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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