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Why You Should Attend PPLC 2016

As leaders, we are required to be strategically aware of all of the forces impacting our markets -- whether regulatory, economic or political in nature. Maintaining the ability to keep a 30,000-foot focus and the ability to assess the granular details simultaneously are necessary as we're hit with a barrage of regulatory, administrative and market opportunities and challenges. 

Update Public Policies to Recognize the Value of Nurses

By Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO

Health care is a complicated system involving many players. Most often, a discussion on health care centers around physicians, payers and patients, so it's all too easy to overlook those on the front lines of care: dedicated nurses. Nurses play a personal, hands-on role in the lives of their patients.

Looking Back on a Landmark Year for VNAA

On behalf of the VNAA Board of Directors and staff, I write to express sincere gratitude to each of our outstanding members for supporting VNAA and believing in the deep importance of our mission. It has been a pleasure to serve you over the past year, and I look forward to the many opportunities we'll have to work together in 2016.

Among the many exciting developments to look forward to in the New Year are VNAA's newly announced partnership with the Alliance for Home Health Improvement and Innovation and the release of VNAA's 2016-2018 Strategic Plan.

As we say goodbye to 2015, we can reflect on what your support allowed VNAA to accomplish.

Ron Wyden Talks Home Health--Specifically, VNAs

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke last week at a typically Washington, D.C. health briefing sponsored by National Journal. Wyden is Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee and a long time progressive advocate for health care reform. His remarks focus on "four major reforms in the next 50 years." His first likely reform is that Medicaid and Medicare will lead a revolution in caring for people at home. He mentions "non-medical" programs to "provide nutrition, fix floorboards and do things like mold checks" to keep people out of the hospital.

HHAs Recognized as Preferred Providers for Next Generation ACOs

Here's the question of the day:

" Please describe how reimbursement for post-discharge home visits will help the Applicant organization reduce total Medicare expenditures and improve care integration, quality assurance and patient safety."

First BPCI Report Highlights (Likely) HHA Value

While this isn't going to be very surprising to industry leaders, I'm highlighting this report as an opportunity to demonstrate the considerable value and innovation of home-based care. I say "likely" because the first report, released last week, evaluates only three months of 2013 (4Q13).

Loud and clear: VNAA CPM helps home health professionals demonstrate value in the post-ACA world

The movement toward accountable care has given us an answer to the existential question “If a tree falls in the forest but no one is there,  is there a sound?”
The answer is no. And no, I'm not a philosopher. What I am is a realist. 
Here's what I mean: It's no longer enough to do good work. Forget “you can't manage what you can't measure.” You can't even get credit for it.

ACOs Need Help Hitting Quality Measures - Home Health to the Rescue?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released this week the first quality and financial performance results for individual Pioneer ACOs. Briefly, first year financial results show some Pioneers slowed spending growth by as much as seven percent, while others had cost increases as much as five percent - definitely a mixed bag on the financial performance side. CMS's Pioneer program offers financial incentives to reduce health spending and meet quality targets. Pioneer ACOs that slow spending keep some of what they save. Where health spending accelerates, Pioneer ACOs must cover some of the additional cost. The potential for losses began the first year for some; others opted for a one-year delay.

Trending now: #FutureofHH

If you're on Twitter, you've surely noticed this trending hashtag.

That's because the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council of the National Academies of Science (NRC) hosted a two day workshop entitled "The Future of Home Health Care." I believe this fantastic event, sponsored by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (among others), will serve as a catalyst for policymakers to look anew at home health care services as a critical care, support and value-added component of integrated health care delivery systems.

So, Home Care Is Hot? Good to Know.

The recent Forbes article on " Best Franchises to Own: Why Home Healthcare is Hot" outlines a root cause of the program integrity problems our industry suffers. The blogger, who elsewhere shills for a specific home health franchise, cites "low investment" and "help with red tape" as an impetus for investment. For the low price of $100,000-150,000, you, too, can own your own home health agency!