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, advocacy@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.

Certified Home Care & Hospice Executive Program

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

NAHC Statement on our Certified Home Care & Hospice Executive Program

Take Your Career Higher as a Certified Home Care and Hospice Executive

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is now offering you the chance to turbocharge your career by becoming a Certified Home Care & Hospice Executive.

The Certified Home Care & Hospice Executive (CHCE) certification is available to eligible individuals in home care/hospice leadership positions. This includes executives and managers in provider organizations and those serving in related organizations such as consultants, accreditation and regulatory surveyors, and state home care associations.

Certification is a sign of commitment to your profession as a home care or hospice executive. It communicates pride in your work and dedication to being fully versed in all of the areas of executive management required to effectively run a home care or hospice agency.

“I’ve been a CHCE for 12 years,” says NAHC Executive Vice President Andrea Devoti, who began her career in health care as a nurse and eventually rose to run a large home care agency in Pennsylvania for 18 years. “Being a CHCE commands respect because it tells people you have mastered the fundamentals of home care and hospice. It means you have made a commitment to this industry and your career. I looked at thousands of resumes when I ran a home care agency and applicants with CHCE certification always stood out from the rest.”

Becoming a Certified Home Care & Hospice Executive is a simple process.

Step 1. Submit your application. The application fee for NAHC members is $20, for nonmembers it is $50.

Step 2. Once approved, you may register to take the CHCE Exam and will receive immediate access to the CHCE Study Guide. The cost of the certification exam is $200 for NAHC members and $500 for nonmembers. The timed exam consists of 223 questions covering the following topics:

  • Legal Requirements,
  • Financial Operations,
  • Payment Source,
  • Regulatory Compliance,
  • Strategic Planning and Operations,
  • Human Resources,
  • Quality and Performance Improvement,
  • Risk Management,
  • Marketing and Public Relations,
  • Training and Continuing Education,
  • Ethics,
  • Technology Application, and
  • Policy and Advocacy.

You will have one year to prepare for the exam.

Step 3. Once you pass the exam, you will receive your certification materials. Your CHCE certification will be valid for four years.

If you’re ready to join the elite leadership in the fastest-growing part of the U.S. economy, GET STARTED today on becoming a Certified Home Care & Hospice Executive.

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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.