Statement from NAHC on March on Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org

Statement from NAHC on March on Washington

In response to requests from our members and a number of congressional offices due to risks associated with the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice is shifting our annual March on Washington exclusively to a virtual advocacy campaign. This will be an excellent opportunity to continue to build an army of digital advocates around the country. Together, our emails, phone calls, and social media action will send a clear message to our elected representatives in Washington that home care and hospice is a force to be reckoned with and policies should be crafted with the goal of enabling the disabled and elderly to age with dignity in their own homes and communities. We will also have a great opportunity to communicate how care in the home fits as a primary care source in dealing with the virus.

Learn more about NAHC’s virtual advocacy campaign.

The NAHC staff is ready to address any questions or concerns you may have, so please contact us if you need more information.

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.

NAHC Statement on National Public Radio Story on Hospice at Home

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Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org

NAHC Statement on National Public Radio Story on Hospice at Home

The Medicare hospice benefit offers a broad range of services designed to address physical, medical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families during the final six months of life. In increasing numbers terminally ill beneficiaries and their families are availing themselves of hospice services, and — due in large part to hospice’s comprehensive and compassionate approach to care – indications are that use of hospice care increases satisfaction at end of life.

“Patients Want to Die at Home, But Home Hospice Care can be Tough on Families” (NPR, 1/21/2020) presents some compelling concerns raised by family members that illustrate the caregiver burden that can be associated with care of patients at the end of life. An unfortunate reality is that the Medicare hospice benefit, consistent with the rest of the Medicare program, does not cover extended in-home care. While these burdens are real, they must be acknowledged as part of a larger crisis that is confronting our health care system and relates to Medicare’s failure, in statute and policy, to allow for comprehensive care that sufficiently responds to patient needs outside of facility-based care. Under hospice, there are limitations to what services the interdisciplinary team can provide. Volunteers are expressly prohibited from providing hands-on care; even hospice aides may not go outside the scope of providing personal care and homemaker duties. However, all hospices, as a matter of course, are required to assess a caregiver’s ability to provide care to a patient, and to teach them the skills that they may need – such as administering medications or suppositories in cases where a patient can no longer take medications by mouth. Social workers and other members of the team are involved on a regular basis in helping to identify resources in the community a patient or family can use to secure care that is not covered by Medicare.

Addressing care needs in the final days of life is a particularly important part of hospice care, and hospices make a concerted effort to have staff available to the patient and family during this time. In fact, the provision of visits at the end of life is one of several measures that can be viewed on the Hospice Compare website and can help patients and their family members make better informed choices about hospice care.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly supports expanding patient and family supports, and as part of its plan for reform of the process under which hospices are surveyed for compliance with health and safety requirements, NAHC urges Congress to establish a hospice-focused ombudsman program to address and respond to patient and family concerns.

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.

Fight for the Future for Home Care and Hospice!

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Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org

Fight for the Future for Home Care and Hospice!

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) invites you to join us in Washington, D.C. on March 23 and 24 for the annual March on Washington, two days of policy education and advocacy in the halls of Congress.  

Please REGISTER NOW for March on Washington. Registration is required, but the event is free.

On March 23, the policy briefing and cocktail hour reception will be held at the prestigious Kaiser Center for Total Health, a futuristic learning destination featuring some of the most impressively immersive health-related displays and exhibits in America. It is located a short walk from Union Station, amidst some of the best hotels and restaurants in the city. The following day, attendees will hold their scheduled meeting with congressional offices on Capitol Hill.

Members of Congress need to hear from you, their constituents, so they better understand the unique value of home care and hospice and how public policy can best serve the vast majority of Americans who want to age in place. The change we need will not happen without your voice. Join other home care and hospice leaders from across America in advocating for your patients, employees, and businesses.

Take Action!

Become a home care and hospice champion. Help protect our community — and your agency — while building essential relationships with the lawmakers who will serve as NAHC ambassadors.

We look forward to you joining us in Washington, D.C., where NAHC will provide the advice and tools you need to make your day of advocacy on Capitol Hill a tremendous success.

The Key Issues

  • Patient-Driven Groupings Model – Prevent PDGM behavior assumptions;
  • Non-Physician Practitioner – Give NPPs the authority to order home health under Medicare;
  • Rural add-on – Ensure safeguards for rural patients and providers;
  • Hospice Carve-in – Protect the hospice benefit from Medicare Advantage;
  • Hospice Quality of Care Reforms – Strengthen the benefits integrity.

Who Should Attend?

All home care and hospice advocates are invited to make the biggest possible impact on our elected officials. NAHC is working every day for you, but adding your voice to ours is the key to our shared success!

How Do I Register?

Complete this short registration form to attend our free event. Register here

 

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.

Turning Patients into Advocates

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Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/ tom@nahc.org

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy: Patients and Families as Advocates

This week, the kids are back to school, our legislators are making preparations to head back to work in their DC offices, and the NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy Campaign has entered its final week, with hopes of finishing strong.

In the final days the grassroots advocacy campaign, we aim our focus on one of the most important elements of the home health care and hospice communities- those we serve, our patients and families. The number of individuals in need of quality home-based care is exponentially growing. Our community of dedicated and passionate providers serves some of the most vulnerable Americans; individuals who rely on home care and services to help them live independent lives with dignity, maintaining their quality of life and well-being. They are our reason and our purpose and why as a community we fight so hard to protect access to the care services they need and deserve.

Our patients and families know first-hand, the value of home care. They often have important and compelling stories to share and can be instrumental in illustrating for elected officials the real-world impact and value of services as well as the opportunities home care and hospice face.

As our legislators make their way back to their offices for the start of the Fall Congressional session, we ask you to:

  • Start a dialogue with your patients and families about the importance of advocacy and how they can play an active role.
    (See the NAHC Conversation Starter Resource)
  • Encourage your patients and families to reach out to their legislators and share their stories – the good, along with the challenges and difficulties.
    (See the NAHC Share Your Story Resource) AND,
  • Invite them to add their voice to our advocacy efforts through the NAHC Advocacy Center

Every action matters. Together we can bring home health care and hospice to the center of the health care debate and ensure all Americans have access to quality home-based care today and in the future.

#AdvocacyInAction #NAHCHeartbeat

Questions?

Emilie Bartolucci, NAHC, Director of Grassroots Advocacy & Community Engagement, heartbeat@nahc.org | 202-547- 7424

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.