Representing community-based home health and hospice providers, VNAA is a valuable asset to journalists in helping connect them with the right person in our industry to meet your story's needs. For over a century, VNAs have been delivering care to patients in the comfort of their own home. The rich history, vast array of services provided and emotional patient experiences are just a few reasons why home health and hospice agencies can provide a unique story angle for your publication. They also have a strong drive to influence legislative and regulatory changes in health care and hospice policies to ensure their patients receive care in the way and place they choose, their homes.
Let VNAA connect you with the resources, stories and newsworthy data you need for a variety of home health and hospice topics.
Taney Hamill, Executive Vice President
Visiting Nurse Associations of America Thanks Reps. Price and McGovern for Introducing Legislation to Delay Pre-Claim Review
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) today applauded Representatives Tom Price, MD (R-GA) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) along with introductory cosponsors Kenny Marchant (R-TX), and Mac Thornberry (R-TX) for introducing the “Pre-Claim Undermines Seniors’ Health (PUSH) Act” (H.R. 6226). The bill would require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to delay its Home Health Pre-Claim Review demonstration program for at least a year so that a comprehensive analysis of the program’s impact on home health services can be completed.
September 9, 2016
Visiting Nurse Associations of America Applauds CMS's Decision to Delay Home Healthcare Pre-Claim Review Expansion
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) today commended the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to delay implementation of the Home Health Pre-Claim Review Demonstration to additional states including Florida, which was originally scheduled for October 1. CMS’s announcement follows repeated warnings from home health leaders and bipartisan lawmakers that the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration needs additional review and clarity before CMS expands to other states, as planned.
June 9, 2016
Statement from the Visiting Nurse Associations of America and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation on CMS’ Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services
April 21, 2016
March 10, 2016
VNAA Welcomes New Staff to Quality and Policy Teams
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) today announced that Danielle Pierotti, PhD, RN, MSN, AOCN, CENP, CHPN, and Nathan Constable, MPS, have joined the organization’s quality and policy teams as Vice President of Quality and Performance Improvement and Director of Legislative Affairs, respectively.
Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation and VNAA Announce Collaboration to Support Research, Education and Quality Improvement Initiatives The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) announced today a new partnership to advance their missions for improving policymaker and public understanding of home health care and community-based care, and support the members of both organizations in their pursuit of clinical and business excellence.
June 23, 2015
New Legislation Will Reduce Inappropriate Medicare Denials for Home Health Agencies
Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., introduced yesterday the "Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act of 2015" to help ensure that home health agencies are reimbursed by Medicare for providing vital services to patients.
May 5, 2015
VNAA Announces New Purchasing Program for Members
VNAA is restructuring its current Member Value Plan (MVP) to a new program called the VNAA Purchase Clinic Program. The new program's online contract marketplace and support staff will provide enhanced access and utilization of the MedAssets group purchasing program. The program was restructured and re-launched in an effort to add more value and benefit for VNAA members. Moving forward, it will include additional staff and technology to translate the value of the MedAssets contract portfolio into realized savings.
April 30, 2015
VNAA Welcomes Six New Board of Directors and Names New Officers
At its 33rd Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La. last week, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America's (VNAA) membership voted to approve six new Board of Directors members, representing a variety of nonprofit home-based care providers and healthcare industry partners.
Jan. 7, 2015
Visiting Nurse Associations of America and National Research Corporation Launch Partnership to Help Drive Research and Advocacy Efforts for VNAA Members
Today, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation announced a partnership to develop a comprehensive research database to provide evidence-based information to assist in research and advocacy efforts. The VNAA Nonprofit Industry Research Database will provide VNAA and its members a broad perspective of quality, service utilization, financial, and outcomes performance allowing insight into the unique value VNAA members bring to their communities and the home-based care market.
Just Released: VNAA's New Clinical Procedure Manual Features Latest Home Health and Hospice Best Practices
Home health and hospice providers serve nearly six million patients each year. Performing care in the patient's home makes each visit unique to the patient and setting, requiring careful clinician training and planning to ensure smooth care transitions and ongoing, quality patient care. Today, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America announced release of the latest edition of the only comprehensive clinical procedure manual specific to home health and hospice care, VNAA's Clinical Procedure Manual (CPM), 19th edition. Now available as an electronic download for use on tablets, phones and laptops, VNAA's CPM features more than 300 evidence-based procedures specifically for home health and hospice professionals, available when and where they need it.
Jan. 29, 2014
VNAA Announces New State Association Membership Category
Today the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) announced state home care and hospice associations are now eligible to join VNAA as members. As the voice of nonprofit home health, hospice and community health service providers, allowing state associations to join in the exchange of information about the current and future practice of quality, cost-effective nonprofit home health care and hospice services will be a valuable addition to its mission.
Patient Access to Home Health Undermined by CMS Cuts
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will slash funding and reduce services for vulnerable patients to access the Medicare home health benefit, despite substantive arguments from VNAA and other home health industry organizations, patient advocacy groups, providers and a bi-partisan group of over 193 members of Congress. Fifty-one senators and 142 representatives signed on to two letters to CMS raising serious concerns about the home health benefit and its proposed implementation of the rebasing provision.
Nov. 5, 2013
Visiting Nurse Associations of America Releases Case Study Compendium
Today the Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA) released the VNAA Case Study Compendium: Innovative Models for the Evolving Home Health and Hospice Industry, a collection of innovative programs from across its membership of nonprofit home health and hospice providers. This compendium consists of ten VNAA member case studies highlighting successful methods and techniques nonprofits conducted in order to adapt to a new healthcare landscape.
Aug. 26, 2013
Proposed Medicare Rule for Home Health Will Jeopardize Access to Care
In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Aug. 26, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) strongly opposed a proposed rebasing plan that would cut the Medicare home health benefit by 14 percent from 2014 to 2017, with a 3.5 percent cut each year.
July 23, 2013
VNAA Names 2013 Congressional Champions
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) today announced its 2013 Congressional Champions. VNAA annually honors congressional leaders who champion issues in support of nonprofit home health and hospice providers, and will present the awards during the Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) in Washington, DC on Sept. 18 and 19, 2013.
May 6, 2013
National Visiting Nurse Association Week Focuses on Vulnerable Patients
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) joins hundreds of organizations across the country in celebrating National Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Week, May 6-10, 2013.
April 22, 2013
Mary DeVeau Elected Chair of VNAA Board of Directors
"We are pleased to announce the election of Mary DeVeau as VNAA's Board Chair," said Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO of VNAA. "She brings exceptional leadership skills and knowledge of home health and hospice services.
February 26, 2013
Visiting Nurse Associations of America Announces New President and CEO Tracey Moorhead
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) Board of Directors announced today that Tracey Moorhead will be its new President and CEO effective March 4.
January 2, 2013
Fiscal Cliff Statement
VNAA has been in close communication with key congressional staff as negotiations over the “fiscal cliff” intensified during the last two weeks. This work was a continuation of our intensive lobbying efforts during 2012 with Congress, the Administration and other policy makers that they should “protect the home health and hospice benefit that vulnerable patients rely on.”
VNAA Invites You and Your Family to Say "Boo!" to the Flu - Fun Way to Get Immunized this Flu Season
Halloween isn't just about costumes and candy; it is also the time of year to get your family vaccinated against the flu.
Sept. 25, 2012
Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania Appoints Andrew Carter as President and CEO (PDF)
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today announced the appointment of Andrew W. Carter as president and chief executive officer, effective December 12.
Sept. 25, 2012
VNAA Message from VNAA Board of Directors Chair Lynn Jones to Members (PDF)
You should have received a message from Andy Carter earlier today announcing his resignation.
Sept. 25, 2012
VNAA President and CEO Andy Carter Resigns - Letter to VNAA Members (PDF)
It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to inform you that I have resigned as the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA). Read more...
Sept. 18, 2012
Home Health and Hospice Leaders Convene on Capitol Hill (PDF)
This week, more than 150 home health and hospice executives will be convening on Capitol Hill for the VNAA's 2012 Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC).
July 16, 2012
VNAA Names 2012 Congressional Champions (PDF)
The VNAA's 2012 Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) will take place September 19-20, in Washington, DC. Each year, VNAA honors Members of Congress who champion issues important to nonprofit home health and hospice.
June 28, 2012
VNAA Reacts to the Supreme Court Decision (PDF)
The Supreme Court ruled to substantially uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The VNAA is carefully reviewing the Supreme Court decision to determine its full impact on all Americans with a special focus on patients receiving home health and hospice care...
June 18, 2012
VNAA Joins New Initiative Led by Pfizer - GetOld.com
As one of the world's leading health care companies, Pfizer wants to play a meaningful role in helping people age well and live longer. With the launch of Get Old, a multi-year initiative to gauge Americans' perspectives on aging, the company is creating a community at GetOld.com that encourages people to share how they feel about getting old...
May 12, 2012
VNAA Honors National Award Recipients (PDF)
The VNAA honored seven leaders from across the country for their contributions to home health care and hospice at the VNAA Annual Awards Luncheon on...
May 9, 2012
VNAA Announces National Visiting Nurse Associations (VNA) Week, May 6-12, 2012 (PDF)
The VNAA joins hundreds of organizations across the country in celebrating National VNA Week, May 6-12, 2012.
March 19, 2012
VNAA Supports MedPAC's Recommendation for Targeted Moratorium in Home Health: VNAA Calls for More Information on Hospice Payment Reform and Opposes Call for a Home Health Co-payment (PDF)
VNAA strongly supports MedPAC's recommendation to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to suspend payment and the enrollment of new providers if they indicate significant fraud.
March 5, 2012
VNAA Calls for Temporary Moratorium in Home Health and Hospice Following Law Enforcement Actions in Texas (PDF)
VNAA commends recent federal and state enforcement actions in Texas which identified the fraudulent billing of home health claims and the illegal recruitment of patients.
Feb. 13, 2012
VNAA Supports President's Efforts to Cut Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Medicare & Medicaid But Opposes Co-Pay for Home Health (PDF)
VNAA supports President Obama's desire to cuts waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid...but opposes proposal to enact a $100 co-payment for Medicare home health services.
Feb. 7, 2012
Home Health and Hospice Veteran to Lead Quality and Innovation Initiative with National Advocacy Group (PDF)
After a lengthy national search that attracted a strong field of candidates, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) has recruited Margaret (Peg) Terry, PhD, RN, to serve as its inaugural Vice President of Quality and Innovation. In this newly established role, Terry will provide resources and guidance to member agencies in their efforts to improve quality of care, adopt innovative program models, and succeed in a competitive and rapidly evolving delivery system.