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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2846, 2/18/2016
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Seniors Decide 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidate Forum: Sen. Sanders and Gov. Kasich Express Strong Support for Home Care and Hospice
Private Duty Conference Highlights: Meeting Operational and Compliance Challenges, Part I — A Session Overview
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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Seniors Decide 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidate Forum: Sen. Sanders and Gov. Kasich Express Strong Support for Home Care and Hospice
Sen. Sanders Says Home Care is a “Civil Rights Issue”; Gov. Kasich Demonstrates Strong Record Supporting Increased Use of Home Care

On Wednesday, February 17, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), including the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) as a member, held a U.S. presidential candidate forum, Seniors Decide 2016, at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Dedicated to issues affecting older Americans, the forum included Democratic candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as a representative from the campaign of Republican candidate Governor John Kasich of Ohio.

In response to a question posed by NAHC Vice President for Government Affairs Jeffrey Kincheloe to Senator Sanders regarding home and community-based care, Sen. Sanders expressed his strong support for allowing people to age in place.  

Sen. Sanders responded by saying that home care “is a civil rights issue,” and that it is a “no brainer” that “we should be doing everything that we can to provide resources to keep people in their own homes.” He demonstrated his strong support for home and community-based care, as well as his deep understanding that not only would people prefer to receive quality health care in their own homes, but that home care is a more affordable option for the federal government.

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Private Duty Conference Highlights: Meeting Operational and Compliance Challenges, Part I — A Session Overview

Compliance is arguably the number one challenge all private duty home care agencies face. Whether it is pay rates, working hours, meal periods, sleep time, live-in situations, and/or travel compensation, compliance can actually deters many potential agency owners from getting in the business. However, Angelo Spinola of Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia, believes that sticking it out and operating with vigilance can pay big dividends. “Home care is the fastest growing industry by a significant margin, and it will be through 2022,” he said recently at the Private Duty Home Care Conference hosted by NAHC and the PDHCA in Charleston, South Carolina.

Angelo spoke for 90 minutes about compliance. Angelo used the term “bet the house” when discussing what’s at stake if you’re an agency owner, because – and especially for some smaller providers – personal liability is completely fair play. “There are more class action lawsuits in home care than any other industry,” he affirmed. One participant asked, “What are the options for covering ourselves from liability? What are the options for us so that our homes aren’t on the chopping block?” Angelo proceeded to discuss what makes it “easy” for groups of people subject to certain protocols of a given agency (staff and clients alike) to constitute a potential class, and what you can do as an agency owner to prevent these individuals from claiming that status.

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NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, April 3–5, 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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