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CDC Issues Public Health Emergency Planning Guide for LTC, Home Health and Hospice Providers
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NAHC Releases 2016 Legislative Priorities Document
Document Supports Congressional Advocacy during the March on Washington; Register Today!

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has released its 2016 Legislative Priorities Document, which includes the highest priority issue briefs from the much larger NAHC Legislative Blueprint for Action to be released in the near future. The priority items will be combined into a booklet that will be distributed to every Congressional office just before NAHC’s 2016 March on Washington Conference, taking place April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The Legislative Priorities Document, along with accompanying resources, supports advocacy efforts at the March on Washington and throughout the year.

While the Legislative Priorities Document includes NAHC’s top hospice priorities as well as some of the regulatory issues where we are seeking Congressional intervention, NAHC will also be preparing separate hospice and regulatory booklets for distribution to Congress.

As the time for the March on Washington approaches, NAHC will release what are called “legislative hotsheets” that advocates can use for talking points and as handouts for their visits. There will be individual hotsheets addressing Medicare, Medicaid, hospice, private pay, and technology priority issues.

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CDC Issues Public Health Emergency Planning Guide for LTC, Home Health and Hospice Providers

Healthcare Preparedness Activity (HPA), with input from stakeholders from long term care facilities and home health and hospice providers. Through stakeholder meetings, for which the National Association for Home Care & Hospice was a participant, the CDC was able to identify the gaps and issues these sectors face during a public health emergency, and to develop tools to help them address these gaps and issues.

The Planning Guide focuses on six topic areas identified by meeting stakeholders: situational awareness, continuity of operations, facility or agency operations, and crisis standards of care, staffing, and fatality management. Each topic area is addressed using the terminology and the framework outlined in the National Response Plan and the National Response Framework, which are Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) documents prescribing the national response to manmade emergencies and natural disasters. Additionally, each topic area is presented in a manner that allows the user to develop needed sections for the facility or agency's public health emergency preparedness and response plan.

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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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