Press Conference on Total Mileage Traveled by Home Care Each Year—Tuesday, December 15

On Tuesday, December 15, the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare, an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), will present the findings of a study undertaken to show the miles traveled by home care nurses, therapists and aides each year. Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), along with William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law at NAHC, will present the findings of the study.

Former Senator Mark Begich, President and CEO of the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare will present the background and purpose of the Foundation.

“The sheer volume of miles traveled by the employees of the nation’s home care and hospice agencies to reach patients with complex medical problems in their homes is astonishing,” said Halamandaris. “We will share personal stories about the angels of home care, who cross all types of terrain, from crowded metropolitan streets to the dirt roads of frontier America, in all types of weather to provide care for the patients who depend on them – many of whom suffer from one or more chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other life threatening conditions. In addition, we will elaborate on specific action items to make it easier to care for people in their homes.”

Remarks will also be provided by Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in Washington, D.C.

In addition, the following individuals will provide personal accounts about the extensive travel undertaken to provide home care and discuss the need for improvements:

  • Lisa Harvey-McPherson, RN, MBA, MPPM, Vice President, Government Relations and Chief Advocacy Officer, EMHS, Brewer, Maine
  • Karen Marshall Thompson, Director of Home Health Services, Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Stephanie Crawford, Nurse Practitioner, Visiting Nurse Association, Rockford, IL
  • Lisa Jean Long, Owner & CEO, Patience Home Health Care, San Antonio, Texas
  • Karen Thomas, President, Oxford HealthCare, Springfield, Missouri
  • Eric Masters, Vice President of Marketing, Relias Learning, Cary, North Carolina

The panel will also discuss policy recommendations that are needed to make it easier to care for people in their homes, including:

  • Establish unified federal telehomecare reimbursement.
  • Support training and recruitment of home care nurses and personal care assistants.
  • Pass legislation extending the rural add-on for five more years.
  • Allow non-physician practitioners to certify Medicare home health plans of care.
  • Pursue innovations to make it easier for people to receive care their homes.

Stay tuned to NAHC Report for additional information about the study, as well as more coverage and video of the press conference.