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Department of Veterans Affairs Proposal to Expand Private Health Care Arrangements
Members of Congress Celebrate Family Caregivers
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Department of Veterans Affairs Proposal to Expand Private Health Care Arrangements

On Wednesday, November 18, officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) testified before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and unveiled a new proposal to expand the use of private health care arrangements in order to improve VA's ability to keep up with the growing demand in care from veterans. VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson explained that VA is taking action to modernize the agency’s culture, processes, and capabilities. This includes a plan to consolidate community care programs and business processes, as well as consolidating all purchased care programs into one New Veterans Choice Program (New VCP).

Earlier this year, reports surfaced of veterans across the country facing delays and denials in services. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) received reports of VA denying authorizations and renewal authorizations of home health and other services due to funding shortages (see previous NAHC Report article here). VA stated that it faced a budget shortfall for the rest of the year and requested flexibility to expand the use of non-VA providers.

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Members of Congress Celebrate Family Caregivers

In addition to being Home Care and Hospice Month, November is National Family Caregivers Month. On Friday, November 20, four bipartisan members of Congress from both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives sent a letter to their colleagues asking them to join in support of celebrating family caregivers. The lawmakers also asked their congressional colleagues to join the Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus, which the four members launched earlier this year (see previous NAHC Report article here). The four members are Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Representative Diane Black (R-TN-6), and Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham.

“Many of us have been, are, or will be a family caregiver at some point in our lives,” the members of Congress wrote in the letter. “Additionally, in the future, some of us may need the help of a loved one in order to live independently in our homes and communities. Every day, constituents and families in our states and districts are helping provide care to and assisting their loved ones.”

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2016 Private Duty Home Care Conference

At the Private Duty Home Care Conference, you’ll participate in education sessions on marketing and operations tactics, financial acuity, staff recruitment and retention, and more. You’ll hear from leaders and experts at lectures, roundtables, panel discussions, and more. You’ll learn from success stories and pioneering strategies with statistical analysis, data-driven forecasting, improvement studies, and more. Our conference faculty will guide you through legal and regulatory changes. We value what Private Duty brings to the industry and we support your business achievements.

The Private Duty Home Care Conference will feature one-and-half days of speakers, education sessions, and networking opportunities in charming Charleston, South Carolina where you’ll enjoy special rates at the Doubletree Hotel in the heart of the Market District. Reserve your room now to take advantage of our special low rate of $159 while rooms are still available.

This conference is where you can get real solutions to real issues. So, together we can make real progress.

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