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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2918, 6/2/2016
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Legislation Supporting Family Caregivers Introduced in U.S. Congress
CMS Highlights Medicaid Resources for Zika Virus Prevention and Response
For Your Information: The Premier Event for Financial Managers in Home Care and Hospice
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Legislation Supporting Family Caregivers Introduced in U.S. Congress

Members of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives recently introduced legislation that would provide crucial financial support to unpaid family caregivers. The Credit for Caring Act (S. 2759/H.R. 4708) would establish a nonrefundable tax credit for individuals who spend more than $2,000 on caregiving expenses per year worth up to $3,000 per year. Sen. Tester’s office said the legislation would help families pay for home modifications and medical supplies, in addition to reimbursing family caregivers for sacrifices they have made including lost wages and unpaid time off to provide care.  

Both bills were introduced with bipartisan support. The House legislation was introduced in March by Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA), and it is cosponsored by Reps. Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. and David N. Cicilline (D-RI). The Senate legislation was introduced in April by Senators Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and it is cosponsored by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jon Tester (D-MT).

Sen. Tester, on June 1, 2016, held a press conference in Montana to discuss the importance of the legislation. "As parents and spouses age, many folks are forced to prioritize their role as a primary caretaker for their loved ones," Sen. Tester said. "This bill provides family caregivers with more financial certainty, which will increase the quality of care they can provide, and allow seniors to remain in their own homes. Establishing this tax credit is good for families, good for seniors, and good for our economy."

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CMS Highlights Medicaid Resources for Zika Virus Prevention and Response

On June 1, 2016, Vikki Wachino, Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, sent an “Informational Bulletin” to Medicaid agencies and other interested parties across the nation regarding available Medicaid resources for the prevention, detection and response to the Zika virus.

“The purpose of this CMCS Informational Bulletin is to inform Medicaid agencies and interested stakeholders about how Medicaid services and authorities can help states and territories prevent, detect, and respond to the Zika virus, including efforts to prevent the transmission and address health risks to beneficiaries from the Zika virus,” she stated. “We encourage states to use the flexibilities outlined below.”

The resources highlighted in the bulletin included categories on prevention, detection, treatment, and additional benefits and authorities.

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The Premier Event for Financial Managers in Home Care and Hospice
July 10-12, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV

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NAHC’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition is the premier event for financial managers in home care and hospice. By bringing together the industry's top financial and legal experts, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its affiliate, the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA), provide attendees with opportunities to advance their understanding of financial management techniques and business strategies in home care and hospice.

For over 20 years, NAHC and HHFMA have empowered people with groundbreaking news, education, networking opportunities, research, and resources.

NAHC and HHFMA members can register for the conference for just $750 through June 17; non-members pay $1,025. Pre-conferences are $250 for members and $350 for non-members.

Educational Opportunities

The Financial Management Conference offers three intensive pre-conferences and 20 education sessions focussed across four tracks – home health, hospice, leadership, and care innovations – as well as three general sessions that provide an overview of the latest developments in health care reform and their impact on home health and hospice.

Click here for a complete schedule of educational offerings.

Exhibit Hall

Every year, more than 75 vendors showcase innovative technology, software, business consulting, and other products and services. Financial firms, staffing and legal consultants, product specialists, marketing mavens, and training and compliance companies are there to help you keep up with the aggressive pace of health care reform, eliminate redundancies, and streamline your operations.

To learn more about exhibiting at the Financial Management Conference, click here.

Hotel Information

The 2016 Financial Management Conference is being held at the Red Rock Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. NAHC has secured a special room rate of $130 per night for this conference: 
Click here and book your room online.

To make your hotel reservation by phone, call 702-797-7625 or 866-767-7773 and use the code RCINAHC to receive the NAHC discounted rate.

A limited number of rooms are available in our room block until June 17, 2016, so book your room now.

Executive Director, VNAs of Vermont

The VNAs of Vermont is a membership organization of ten not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Associations in Vermont. The purpose of this organization is to increase knowledge of and to develop, improve, and expand the quality of community based home health and hospice care in Vermont. This is done through fostering collaboration and cooperation amongst member agencies and partner organizations and programs, education, leadership and public policy and advocacy.

The Executive Director is a dynamic leader who creates vision and strategically executes a plan to the membership organizations:

  • Works in conjunction with the Board of Directors to prioritize initiatives, issues, and presents to legislators or state officials
  • Possess knowledge of health care reform, accountable care organizations and health care provider systems in conjunction with home health and hospice’s role in the delivery of health services
  • Demonstrates skills as an effective and persuasive communicator, negotiator and motivator
  • Demonstrates creative thinking and innovative capabilities for and with the members.

To apply, forward cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to Sandy Rousse, VNAVT President:, or by mail: CVHHH/VNAs of VT ED Search, Attn: Sandy Rousse, CEO, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.

Director, Hospice

OSF Healthcare “More than a Career … A Calling”

OSF Healthcare has a Director, Hospice opportunity available in our hospice division, located in Peoria, IL. The responsibilities would include supervision and operational oversight of hospice operations in all regions and for the clinical care and non-clinical services delivered to patients with twenty-four hour accountability for patient care and operations of the hospice division. Candidates must have a current RN license and bachelor’s degree. Three years of management/supervisory experience and hospice experience preferred. OSF Healthcare offers excellent benefits and compensation.

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