National Association for Homecare & Hospice 30th annual meeting and expo in Las Vegas highlights role of technology in industry
Six awards will be awarded to home care and hospice heroes
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Barbara D. Woolley
LAS VEGAS (Sept. 29, 2011) The increasing role of technology in the home care and hospice industry will be highlighted at the 30 th annual meeting and exposition of the National Association for Homecare & Hospice in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel from Oct. 1-5. Hundreds of nurses, physicians and homecare aides will attend continuing education classes, learning how to survive and thrive in the new health care terrain and be motivated and moved by celebrity speakers and industry experts.
Keynote speakers during the conference include , Ken Dychtwald of Age Wave ; creator of the online news bureau The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington; political commentator Paul Begala; the Honorable Tom Daschle and author and political commentator Eleanor Clift, who will both be receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards; andlong time entertainer Wayne Newton, who will be receiving a Caring award from the Caring Institute.
Also receiving awards during the conference are: Dr. Lawrence Kline, Director of Scripps Clinic Sleep Center Physician of the Year; Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Home Care Hero Award; and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Claude Pepper Award.
The annual conference gathers together home health, hospice and private duty agencies, nurses, therapists and physicians from around the country to participate in more than 135 educational sessions of the most comprehensive, timely, quality programs designed especially for the home care and hospice industry. The theme for this year is Leading the Last Great Civil Rights Battle: Maximizing Opportunity, Minimizing Risk. This reflects the opportunities for home care and hospice to reshape the health care system as it prepares to receive the 78 million-strong baby boom generation. 2011 program topics include: clinical, financial, human resources, health information technology, quality, telehealth, legal & regulatory, management & leadership and marketing & business development.
Making its debut at the meeting is the NAHC Technology Pavilion which will be the center of all things technology from new product demonstrations to how the industry is moving toward tele-health to remain low cost and relevant in todays changing environment.
Ensuring the right to be cared for in our homes is Americas last great civil rights battle. The great gift of all the advances in medicine and technology we have accomplished is that, humans can now live longer than ever, but we have seen along with this a ballooning of chronic illness. The care of the disabled and elderly may well be the defining issue for America in the early years of this 21st century. Home care may well be the most non-partisan issue that will be faced in the coming years and one which will have the most immediate impact on the future of American.
The annual meeting comes at a time when $12 billion in Medicare cuts to the industry are already planned over the next few years even though home care and hospice is more cost effective, saving billions in Medicare expenditures. In 2009, the average home care visit cost $135.00 per day versus the average hospital visit which cost $1500 a day. Preventive home health care saves Medicare and Medicaid billions of dollars per year.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.