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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2015) Today, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) celebrates its 33rd Birthday, as well as the Birthday of Lillian Wald, by reflecting on its achievements and rededicating itself to the cause of advancing quality and cost-effective care.
NAHC was formed on March 10, 1982, through the merger of the National Association for Home Health Agencies and the Council of Home Health Agencies. The merger occurred specifically on March 10 in order to mark the birthday of Lillian D. Wald, born on March 10, 1867. A nursing pioneer and founder of the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, Wald led the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, which would become the model for all home health organizations.
NAHC has worked tirelessly and played a crucial role to unify and professionalize home care and hospice, said NAHC President Val Halamandaris. NAHC is the embodiment of the joint efforts of thousands to serve the aged, disabled, and ill. As we celebrate NAHCs 33rd Birthday, we remain ever focused on continuing to achieve success on behalf of our members to advance quality and cost-effective care for some 12 millions seniors and disabled persons each year.
Since its founding, NAHC has had significant achievements in improving and growing home care and hospice across the country. While there were only 3,000 home care agencies in 1982, today there are over 35,000 agencies and some 3 million employees. Total revenue has increased from an estimated $3 billion in 1982 to roughly $100 billion today. While NAHC began with only 200 members, it has over 6,000 today. In 1982, roughly 1.3 million received home care services; about 12 million receive such care today.
NAHC continues to work hard as the need for home care increases and the 78 million baby boomers reach their retirement years. More and more will demand home care because it helps patients stay independent and keeps families together. Home care is also more cost-effective than institutional options, saving Medicare tens of billions of dollars each year, a point NAHC continually hammers home. NAHC will continue its leadership role to shape regulations and legislation on behalf of its members, including efforts such as defeating copays on patients who need home health and hospice services, reforming Medicare face-to-face requirements, and expanding access to home care and hospice.
Coinciding with NAHCs Birthday is that of Lillian Wald, whom Halamandaris praised as a visionary and for her devotion to humanity.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a non-profit 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.