NAHC Celebrates Birthday, Embarks on 33rd Year
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Barbara D. Woolley
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2014) Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) embarks on its 33rd year as the voice of home care and hospice. This birthday is a time to reflect on how NAHC has advanced quality, cost-effective care. NAHC was formed on March 10, 1982, through the merger of the National Association for Home Health Agencies and Council of Home Health Agencies. March 10 was selected for the merger because it marked the birthday of Lillian D. Wald, nursing pioneer and founder of the Henry Street Settlement in New York City. Her organization became the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the model for all home health organizations.
Soon after the merger, NAHC hired its first president, Val J. Halamandaris. Since then, NAHC has done much to unify and professionalize home care and hospice, said Halamandaris. NAHC is the embodiment of an idea that reflects the joint efforts of thousands to serve the aged, disabled, and ill. Its time to celebrate what weve done and rededicate ourselves to what were going to do.
- Industry Growth. There were about 3,000 home care agencies in 1982. Today there are about 33,000. The number of hospices has grown from 59 to about 3,800.
- Industry Revenues. Total industry revenues from all sources, including private pay, were estimated at $3 billion in 1982. They have now reached about $100 billion.
- NAHC Membership. NAHC began with 200 members. Today it has over 6,000.
- Workforce. About 100,000 people were employed in home care in 1982. Today there are over two million.
- Clients served. Some 1.3 million people received home care services in 1982. Today that number is about 12 million.
The need for home care will only increase as the 78 million baby boomers reach their retirement years. The vast majority of boomers will demand home care because it helps patients stay independent and keeps families together. Home care is also more cost-effective than institutional options. It saves Medicare tens of billions of dollars each year, a point NAHC has hammered home on its members behalf.
NAHC continues to serve its members on Capitol Hill. Its Regulatory Affairs Division keeps them abreast of policies and rules that affect their daily and future operations. NAHCs Legislative Division works to defeat efforts to impose copays on patients who need home and hospice services, ensure agencies receive adequate Medicare reimbursement, reform Medicare home health and hospice face-to-face requirements, and expand access to Medicaid home care and hospice.
NAHCs efforts in these areas will be explored at its 2014 March on Washington Conference & Exposition from March 23-26, 2014, at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. For more information about the March on Washington, click here.
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, and disabled. 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.