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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2842, 2/10/2016
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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan Visits NAHC Board of Directors Chair Denise Schrader, MercyRockford Health System
Private Duty Conference Highlights: Notes About the New Accreditation Program
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan Visits NAHC Board of Directors Chair Denise Schrader, MercyRockford Health System
Speaker Asks How to Fix Competitive Bidding, Discusses Home Medical Equipment Policy Changes

On February 5, MercyRockford Health System executives, including National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Board of Director Chair Denise Schrader, and other state providers hosted a visit from Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI-1), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, at the MercyRockford Durable Medical Equipment (DME) office in the Speaker’s hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin.

Ms. Schrader, who has been President & Executive Director of the Visiting Nurses Association of the Rockford Area for nearly 10 years, is also Vice President Care Continuum for MercyRockford Health Systems. The territory includes Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Ms. Schrader and the others present spoke with Speaker Ryan regarding home medical equipment policy changes. “Access to oxygen, nebulizers, apnea monitors and other DME equipment is critical for patients who have been hospitalized or suffer from serious illness,” Ms. Schrader said.

The group asked for Ryan’s support for a three-year reimbursement rate freeze from the nationwide rollout of the Competitive Bidding Program, which raises significant concerns, including loss of quality and service and the potential negative impact on beneficiary access and choice. “Mr. Ryan quickly recognized the barriers and broad negative impact the competitive bidding current process has on care and health of patients and the entire health care delivery system causing delayed discharges and avoidable readmissions,” Ms. Schrader said.

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Private Duty Conference Highlights: Notes About the New Accreditation Program

On February 1, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Private Duty Homecare Association of America held the Private Duty Home Care Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.

Pat Drea, Chief Operations Officer for one of the nation’s largest home care franchises, Visiting Angels, kicked off the session talking about the importance and purpose of accreditation. Accreditation serves to protect consumers, communities, and payers by ensuring safe, competent and accountable care from an organization that maintains a certain level of integrity, she said. Ms. Drea’s vision of home care reaching its full potential stems from her extensive experience in the private duty home care industry, which spans 23 years. Consumers always look for distinguishing certifications, whether it’s with universities and other educational institutions, home appliances, or cars, and it follows that they look for distinguished standing in the custodians of loved ones, too. Ms. Drea believes agencies should strive to achieve the highest licensing standards because it benefits the clients, the staff, and the agency’s reputation, and the industry as a whole.

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NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, April 4–5, 2016

NAHC is hosting the 2016 March on Washington Conference in the splendid city of Washington, DC. Now is a critical point as we face new rules that could challenge our mission to serve America’s aged, disabled, and ill. Join us as we work to make home care and hospice the center of health care in our country.

The nation’s capital is the heart of legislative activity that affects home care and hospice. That makes it the perfect place to raise awareness of the vital work we do. Together, we can deliver a unified message to those who make the policies that shape our business. Take advantage of this chance to lobby your lawmakers, connect with colleagues, and attend educational sessions led by experts in our field.

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