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Senators Praise CMS Proposal to Implement HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act
CDC Updates Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure
For Your Information: Home is the Center of Health Care at the NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition
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Senators Praise CMS Proposal to Implement HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ed Markey (D-MA) recently praised a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would effectively implement their legislation, the Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act. The HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would require the Medicare program to cover an initial comprehensive care plan for beneficiaries newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The Senators introduced the bipartisan legislation in March 2015. In June 2016 the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee approved a FY2017 funding bill for the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies, which contained the legislation (see previous NAHC Report article here).

In a press release, the Senators said the new benefit would encourage doctors “to give a clear diagnosis to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, including information about treatment options and what medical and community services are available.”

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CDC Updates Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its interim guidance for health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure. The guidance includes updated recommendations for evaluating and testing pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure; prenatal management of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of confirmed or possible Zika virus infection; and postnatal management of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of confirmed or possible Zika virus infection.

“CDC has updated its interim guidance for U.S. health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure, to include the emerging data indicating that Zika virus RNA can be detected for prolonged periods in some pregnant women,” CDC stated. “To increase the proportion of pregnant women with Zika virus infection who receive a definitive diagnosis, CDC recommends expanding real-time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) testing. Possible exposures to Zika virus include travel to or residence in an area with active Zika virus transmission, or sex with a partner who has traveled to or resides in an area with active Zika virus transmission without using condoms or other barrier methods to prevent infection.

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Home is the Center of Health Care at the NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition
October 23–25, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice invites you to join us and more than 2,500 home care and hospice colleagues in sunny Florida for the 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo. This year’s meeting offers three days of opportunities to learn, connect and discover with unparalleled access to distinguished speakers, hot-topic education sessions and dynamic networking opportunities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit our world-class expo where over 200 specialists will showcase the latest in home care and hospice products and services.

Join NAHC and Save: Register by August 14 and save $400 off the full-conference registration. NAHC members pay $800 for the conference; non-members pay $1,200. Click on the link to the right to register.

Learn
The Annual Meeting & Expo boasts 80 education sessions across 10 tracks providing the latest research, developments and news in the home care and hospice industry. NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo provides comprehensive, carefully planned content along with inspirational keynotes and panel discussions. Click on the link to the right to learn more about education sessions.

Connect
You’ll have the opportunity to connect with industry leaders from around the country – in the classroom and at the Expo. Plus there are opportunities to network at receptions and meals and in one-on-one discussions throughout the conference.

Discover
You’ll discover what’s new this year at the Expo, which features over 200 exhibitors demonstrating and showcasing innovative home care and hospice products and services to support high-quality care. To learn more about exhibiting at the 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo, click here.

Host Hotel
The beautiful Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida, is hosting the2016 Annual Meeting & Expo. Book your room early to ensure that you’re just steps away from this year’s conference. (You must first register for the conference to get access to our special room rates at the Gaylord Palms.)

New this Year
My Planner: Take advantage of our online planner and create your own itinerary. Search by keywords or tracks to find the sessions you want to take. And when you’re onsite, you’ll have your personalized plan right on your phone with our conference app.

Learn more about the companies in our Expo before you arrive. Search, research, and interact through our online planner and mark your favorites so when you’re at the Expo you’ll have a personalized floor plan to guide you to the exhibitors you want to see most.

Florida in October is breathtaking. Come early and take advantage of one of our excursions. Whether it’s a theme park or golf, the Kennedy Space Center or a wildlife adventure, check out the options for fun during the registration process.

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