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The NAHC Challenge: 100 U.S. Senators on Home Visits Before 2018 Elections
CMS Needs Volunteers to Field Test Standardized Assessment Items
For Your Information: Former SouthWest CEO to Address NAHC on the Most Powerful Rule for Business Success
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The NAHC Challenge: 100 U.S. Senators on Home Visits Before 2018 Elections
“A home visit can be a very powerful way to help government leaders understand the value of home care and hospice.” — NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

The National Association of Home Care & Hospice is announcing a challenge to its members: Let’s get all 100 U.S. Senators on a home care or hospice visit before the 2018 elections. And let’s make sure those home care visits are covered by the local print, broadcast and online media, compete with photos and videos, so we can present our case not just to lawmakers, but to the general public.

Years of partisan bickering and gridlock have convinced many Americans that members of Congress are out of touch with the needs of their constituents and communities. In the home care and hospice community, we know the stakes are too high for that to continue. As NAHC President Val Halamandaris has said: “With the 78 million baby boomers coming into their Medicare years, Americans must come to grips with the need to assist them in managing disability and chronic disease. The facts are clear: 5 percent of Americans are responsible for 50 percent of U.S. health care costs, and 10 percent of Americans who need help managing long-term chronic conditions account for 75 percent of the bill.”

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CMS Needs Volunteers to Field Test Standardized Assessment Items

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an opportunity for post-acute care (PAC) providers (Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Home Health Agencies (HHAs), and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs))to field test standardized data set items in domains required by The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT Act )

The IMPACT Act requires the submission of standardized data for specific assessment categories and quality measure domains using the assessment instruments currently required for use by LTCHs, SNFs, HHAs, and IRFs. The IMPACT Act requires the modification of these assessment instruments to enable the submission of such standardized data, and requires that the data be interoperable to allow for the exchange of data among post-acute and other providers. The standardization that results is intended to serve many purposes, including comparison of data and payment system analyses for evaluations and recommendations for reimbursement based on individual characteristics rather than care setting.

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Former SouthWest CEO to Address NAHC on the Most Powerful Rule for Business Success
NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition, October 23–25, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

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NAHC’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition is sponsored by:

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We’ve got three days of impressive keynote speakers, amazing educational sessions and engaging networking opportunities. All of this will leave you excited, energized and ready to put into practice what you learned when you return home.

From the NAHC stage, former SouthWest Airlines CEO Jim Parker will talk about why doing the right thing by your employees and customers doesn’t only “feel good,” it's the most powerful rule for business success. He says if you develop a respect and appreciation for your employees, they’ll do the same for your customers. He’ll share personal insights explaining that it’s really not that hard to do the right thing no matter what industry sector you’re in.

Parker, author of the book Do the Right Thing, led Southwest Airlines during the wake of 9/11 and was faced with a disastrous situation that threatened to ruin not only their airline but the entire airline industry. His leadership approach was: no layoffs, no pay cuts and no-hassle ticket refunds. The result, Southwest remained profitable and was the only major airline to protect the jobs of all its employees.

Jim Parker speaks at Sunday’s General Session at NAHC 2016.

To learn more about the conference educational opportunities, keynote speakers, the home care & hospice expo and much more, click here.

We’ll see you in Orlando!

Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer — The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Full Time

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society (Society), the nation’s largest not-for-profit, faith-based provider of senior housing and services, seeks a Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer for its fast-growing Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) business enterprise. 

This leader directs planning, development, implementation, training, and monitoring of all regulatory compliance and HIPAA privacy programs for Home Health and Hospice services and Services@Home/Private Duty across the enterprise, including the Society’s subsidiary operations. This position is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; however, a telework arrangement may be considered.

Compliance: Broad knowledge of healthcare and business operations gained through a four-year degree in business, management or healthcare; prefer advanced degree applicable to the duties and responsibilities of the position, a minimum of 5 years’ experience in healthcare industry and at least three years’ experience in compliance/quality for a healthcare organization or equivalent.  Must have knowledge and experience in payment, reimbursement and clinical documentation requirements for home-health related services - especially for the Medicare program.

Privacy: Certified in Healthcare Privacy (CHPS) or Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) designation preferred; knowledge/experience in electronic medical records in healthcare; ability to learn/develop high proficiency in computerized records systems.

To apply, visit the Society’s career website at:

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