National Steering Committee Named for Healthcare at Home 2021 Best Practices and Future Insights Study

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

National Steering Committee Named for Healthcare at Home 2021 Best Practices and Future Insights Study

Washington, D.C. — BerryDunn’s has announced the formation of the Steering Committee for its Healthcare at Home 2021 Best Practices and Future Insights Study 

“We continue to make important progress toward ensuring that our national healthcare at home research project is a well-executed, pivotal study and are excited to be working with a renowned group of industry experts,” said Lindsay Doak, BerryDunn’s Study Co-Chair and Director. 

The Steering Committee will provide oversight and guidance over the national effort. The group’s responsibilities include reviewing the results of the input survey to determine key areas of focus, designing study questions, beta testing the final survey for reliability and validity, and helping analyze and compile study results for release to the industry.  

“We know that our challenge is great,” said Catherine Dehlin, RVP of Operations and Sales at Three Oaks Hospice and Steering Committee Member. “Hospice agencies are in the midst of a critical staffing shortage.  Add to this the growing regulations and effects of Medicare carve-in for managed care, there is a lot of uncertainty in the industry right now. I’m excited to be a part of a study that will help hospice providers by identifying clinical, financial, and operational best practices that will allow agencies to realize efficiencies while improving the quality of care for the nation’s most vulnerable population.”

The complete list of Steering Committee members include:

Kenneth Albert, CEO
Androscoggin Home Health + Hospice

Chris Attaya, VP Business Intelligence
SHP

David Baiada, President and CEO
BAYADA Home Health Care

Edo Banach, President and CEO
NHPCO

Brad Borbidge, Principal
BerryDunn

Carla Braveman, Past President and CEO
Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State

Matt Challberg, President
Tallio

Keith Crownover, Senior Advisor
Delta Health Technologies
Study Co-Chair

Jay Cushman, President
HealthPivots

Catherine Dehlin, RVP of Operations and Sales
Three Oaks Hospice

Erin Denholm, Former CEO
Trinity Health at Home

Lindsay Doak, Senior Manager and Project Director
BerryDunn
Study Co-Chair

William A. Dombi, Esq., President
National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

Dr. Robert Fazzi, Research Advisor
National State of the Industry Research

Cheryl Foster, Director of Home Health
North Kansas City Hospital

Dr. Leigh Graham, Senior Advisor
Ariadne Labs

Heather Helle, Chief Strategy Officer
BAYADA Home Health Care

Vicki Hoak, Executive Director
Home Care Association Of America (HCAOA)

Fred Johnson, President and CFO
Team Select Home Health

Brent Korte, Chief Home Care Officer
EvergreenHealth

Kim Kranz, President
Catholic Health Services of Long Island Hospice

John Kunysz, CEO
Intrepid USA

Steve Lancman, CFO
Springboard Home Health and Hospice

Tammi Leonard, Executive Vice President of Hospice
Interim Healthcare

Michelle Mazzacco, CEO
Eddy VNA

Patricia O’Brien, Senior Vice President/Chief Clinical Officer
Holy Redeemer Home Care and Hospice

Dimitri Panacopoulos, Senior Manager and Study Analytics Director
BerryDunn

Kathy Peirce, President, Executive Director and Chief Nursing Officer
VNA Care New England

Dr. Danielle M. Pierotti, Vice President, Patient Care Services
Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH

Susan Ponder-Stansel, CEO
Alivia Care

Evan C. Reinhardt, Executive Director
Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care
Council of State Home Care and Hospice Associations

Nancy Roberts, Senior Consultant
BerryDunn

Michelle Rogers, Director
HealthFirst Private Duty

Tim Rogers, Past President
Forum of State Associations/Council of Home Care and Hospice State Associations

Todd Rose, CEO
VNA Care

Sandy Rousse, President and CEO
Central VT Home Health and Hospice

Nick Seabrook, Managing Principal
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting

Jennifer Sheets, President and CEO
Interim Healthcare

William Simione III, Managing Principal
Simione Healthcare Consultants

Dr. Robyn Stone, Senior Vice President Research
LeadingAge

Lynda Tanner, President and CEO
VNA Health

Stephen Tweed, CEO
Leading Home Care

Michael Vallee, President
Your Choice Healthcare Groups

Christi Walcutt, Senior Training Coach
LHC

Lloyd Wilson, CEO
Sonder Hospice and Palliative Care

Bryan Wysong, Senior Vice President
VITAS Healthcare

 Agencies who participate in the study will receive exclusive access to our interactive portal with detailed benchmarks and insights that can be segmented by size, outcomes, and more.

Participation includes an estimated 2-hour commitment to complete multiple surveys over a period of three months. 

Study sponsors include National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), NAHC Forum of State Associations, LeadingAge, Home Care Association of America (HCAOA), and Council of State Home Care and Hospice Associations. The national research project is being conducted by BerryDunn with data and technology sponsors HealthPivots and Delta Health Technologies.

For further information on registering to participate visit: www.nationalhomecarestudy.com.  All study questions can be sent to hcresearch@berrydunn.com.

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About BerryDunn

BerryDunn is full-service accounting and consulting firm, working with clients coast to coast in the US and around the world. Our range of expertise provides services to a wide array of clients from town, local, and state governments to healthcare, not-for-profit, higher education, commercial, financial services, high tech, and more. 

While our company has evolved over the years to stay on the forefront of the many industries we serve, our mission has remained constant: to help each client create, grow and protect value―while delivering exceptional service, based on integrity, expertise, and a constant commitment to your success. 

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 http://www.nahc.org.

 

NAHC to Host 6 New Free Webinars: PDGM in Real Time

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

NAHC to Host 6 New Free Webinars: PDGM in Real Time

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a new six part webinar series, PDGM in Real Time, that will cover the essential topics of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and also feature an open forum in which attendees can have their specific questions answered by the top PDGM experts in the home health industry. Every webinar in the series is free to NAHC members and non-members alike. REGISTER NOW!

PDGM represents the most significant change in the Medicare home health program in the 21st Century. It radically changes the Medicare payment methodology, including the unit of payment, the case mix adjuster, Low Utilization Payment Adjustment standards, and payment for Non-Routine Medical Supplies.

Participants in the webinar series will share and gain insights with Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) experts about what is working and not working in the early weeks of PDGM. These webinars, along with the PDGM 2020 National Summits, which start at the end of March, are designed to enable home health agencies to achieve “high performer” status through continuous operational improvements in financial, clinical, business analytics, and administrative operations as PDGM unfolds.

The schedule for the webinars is as follows:

  1. February 12 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    EMR Readiness
  2. February 19 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    PDGM Coding
  3. February 26 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    PDGM Cash Flow & LUPAs
  4. March 4 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    Therapy in PDGM
  5. March 11 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    Clinical Management of Patient Episode
  6. March 18 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    PDGM Data Analytics

Faculty for these webinars will include: Chris Attaya, MBA, FHFMA, Claudia Baker, Cindy Campbell, MHA, BSN, RN, COQS, Nick Dobrzelecki, BSN, Melinda Gaboury, COS-C, Christine Lang, MBA, Aaron Little, CPA, Wes Little, Gina Mazza, BSN, RN, Carissa McKenna, BSN, RN, Hannah Patterson, Sue Payne, BSN, MBA, Mike Simione, MBA, Rob Simione, CPA, Karen Vance, BS, OT, and Laura Wilson, BSN, RN.

Don’t wonder if your agency is doing everything it can to prosper under PDGM, find out for sure with the experts who have access to the latest data and intelligence.

REGISTER NOW for this free webinar series.

 

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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 to Host 12 New Summits on PDGM Lessons Learned

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

NAHC to Host 12 New Summits on PDGM Lessons Learned

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), in partnership with the NAHC Forum of State Associations, the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, and the Home Care Technology Association of America, will sponsor 12 one-day National Summits across the country, from March 30 through April 14.

Success Comes From Continuous Operational Improvements: Lessons Learned in PDGM 2020 Q1

These Summits will focus on PDGM-related continuous performance improvement in financial, clinical, data analytics, and administrative operations. These are not “run-of-the-mill” PDGM programs. Instead, these programs are based on real-time, nationwide experiences and data that provide the nationally-renowned expert faculty with the deepest understanding about how to achieve success in PDGM. Comparable in format to the intensely valuable 2019 Summits, the PDGM 2020 National Summits will be your key to thriving under PDGM. The major difference is that PDGM is now affecting every Medicare home health agency and will have the experiences and data to fully determine the ingredients for success.

Faculty for these one-day programs once again will be comprised of leading national experts from top home health consulting firms who will provide you with the tools and knowledge to:

  • Gain a better understanding of what it takes to be a winner in PDGM;
  • Identify key steps that are proving successful in managing services under PDGM;
  • Recognize the actions that create unnecessary risks for your HHA; and
  • Determine the early clinical and financial benchmarks that distinguish the successful HHA from others.

Attending one of these summits will fully prepare you to undertake any needed course corrections in your PDGM management, along with reinforcing the actions that you have already taken to ensure a positive outcome throughout 2020 and beyond.

Learn  more by visiting: pdgm.NAHC.org

 

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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.

NAHC Wants Proposals for Summit to Solve America’s Long-Term Care Workforce Problems

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

NAHC Wants Proposals for Summit to Solve America’s Long-Term Care Workforce Problems

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is extending a request for proposals (RFP) from all interested stakeholders to organize a coalition-based Workforce Summit that will develop evidence-based strategies and solutions to address the workforce challenges faced by the industry.

The Workforce Summit will be a catalyst for change, providing specific ideas, plans, and agreements to address the specific workforce challenges affecting the industry at a time when the need for services is only expected to exponentially grow.

Proposal submissions are due February 7, 2020 and should be addressed to NAHC Executive Vice President Andrea Devoti at andrea@nahc.org.

NAHC is seeking an individual or team to:

  • Perform a comprehensive literature review and search of recent media on the topic;
  • Synthesize associated data relevant to the home care and hospice industry; and
  • Determine/evaluate the need for one or two workforce summits, one for registered nurses, CRNP, therapists of all types, and other workers; the second summit for the home care aide workers, whether certified and trained for home care, hospice, rehab, or other specialties, or direct care workers employed either by an agency or individual performing personal and or attendant care.

The scope and goals for this work are:

  1. Identify the global workforce issues and opportunities pertaining to the home care and hospice communities and delivery of quality services in light of demand for home-based care projected to exceed the workforce supply. Topics should include but are not limited to:
  • Aging demographics
  • Workforce demographics
  • Unemployment rates
  • Limited pool of qualified caregivers
  • Work environment
  • Challenging nature of work
  • Compensation affected/controlled by third-party payers
  • Forecast of need
  • Discipline distinctions
  • Stakeholders
  • Timeframes
  1. Identification and rationale of who (industry or group, not individual people) should attend the Workforce Summit to ensure success, including but not limited to:
  • Employers
  • Workers
  • Unions
  • Government
  • Payers
  • Legislators
  • Regulators
  • Educators
  • Others

Rationale should include, at a minimum, the merits and demerits of each party’s involvement, the perceived contributing value, and a detailed explanation of the role of each participant.

  1. Development of a proposed budget for the project, including anticipated sources of funding.
  • What are the available sources?
  • How do we access the funding sources?
  • Merits and demerits of various sources.
  • What process should be used to secure funding?
  • Potential sources:
    • Industry
    • Foundations
    • Government grant/contract
    • Others
  • Joint/shared funding
  1. Creation of an agenda for the proposed summit and specific goals.

Once again, proposal submissions are due February 7, 2020 and should be addressed to NAHC Executive Vice President Andrea Devoti at andrea@nahc.org. The top proposal will be selected by February 21, 2020 and the final development paper will be due on June 11, 2020. The Workforce Summit is tentatively scheduled for November 17, 2020.

 

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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.