Educational Programming and Resources

With top professionals in the health care and hospice fields, our Education Team coordinates educational programming in-person and online that addresses the current issues that face the home health and hospice providers.

VNAA members enjoy significant discounts on VNAA’s educational programming and products.

VNAA Case Study Compendium: Innovative Models for the Evolving Home Health and Hospice Industry

The Case Study Compendium highlights the success of ten VNAA member agency collaborations and partnerships. The goal of this Compendium and future additions, is to capture successful programs and share this wealth of knowledge with other agencies, policymakers, and external stakeholders. It is VNAA’s desire that this information demonstrates the value of nonprofit home health and hospice to others across the continuum as a proven sub-acute provider.

Download the Compendium

VNAA would like to thank the following member agencies who participated in the creation of the Compendium:

  • Concord Regional VNA, Concord, N.H
  • Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York, N.Y.
  • WellSpan VNA, York, Pa.
  • VNA of Somerset Hill, Basking Ridge, N.J.
  • Christiana Care VNA, New Castle, Del.
  • Advanced Home Care, High Point, N.C.
  • Sutter Care at Home, Sunnyvale, Cal.
  • Visiting Nurse Health System, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Home Nursing Agency, Altoona, Pa.
  • VNA Health System, Shamokin, Pa. 

VNAA Clinical Procedure Manual

The VNAA Clinical Procedure Manual (CPM), currently in its 18thedition, is designed specifically for multidisciplinary home health and hospice professional teams. Revised by 40 clinicians with advanced degrees and certifications, the 18thedition contains 25 sections, 326 evidence-based procedures, over 1,000 pages and has 4 purchase pricing options available. 
VNAA member agencies receive a 75% discount on the price of one printed Manual and CD, a substantial VNAA member savings. Nonmember options are available for anyone interested in home health, hospice, private duty and personal care service in the home environment.  

Engaging in Quality Initiative 

Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) supports, promotes and advances nonprofit providers of home and community-based health care, hospice and health promotion services to ensure quality care for their communities. To meet these goals, VNAA recently launched the “Engaging in Quality” initiative to provide resources for evidence-based, quality improvement practices through the identification and distribution of best practices, case studies and other resources to nonprofit health providers across the country. VNAA’s “Engaging in Quality” initiative will help members ensure accountability for performance and remain leaders in improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care. 
The first component of this initiative is the VNAA Blueprint for Excellence: Pathway to Best Practices.  A primary goal of this first work product is to assist VNAA members and other nonprofit home health providers in reducing hospitalization and improving patient experience. VNAA convened a Best Practices Work Group comprised of clinical and quality improvement leaders to identify and define best practices for these goals, outline  critical interventions and/or action steps, develop and/or identify tools, training programs (for both clinical leaders as well as visiting staff) and measurements. The groundbreaking development of the ten best practices incorporated in The VNAA Blueprint is a result. VNAA believes these best practices can be incorporated into home health organizations to improve the overall quality of care.  

VNAA Home Care and Hospice Speaker Series

Through the VNAA Home Care and Hospice Speaker Series, VNAA seeks to stimulate the exchange of ideas in a remote learning setting and intellectually enrich participants to improve the quality of home health and hospice care leading to improved outcomes. We encourage you and your entire team to take advantage of the Webinars throughout the year. Open to members and non-members.

Registration cost for one Home Care and Hospice Speaker Series conference line: 

 Members: $75.00 per line
 Nonmembers: $150 per line 

In-Person Meetings

During the national and regional conferences that VNAA hosts each year, we give members the opportunity to learn from each other. During the VNAA Annual Meeting, participants hear from industry leaders and have the opportunity to present or attend workshops and poster sessions about issues specific to nonprofit home health and hospice providers.
Each September, the Public Policy Leadership Conference convenes home health and hospice leaders in Washington, DC, to educate lawmakers about nonprofit home health and hospice delivery systems and about the vulnerable patients they serve. VNAA secures high caliber industry speakers who provide insight and expertise on the regulatory and legislative affairs that affect VNAA members.
The VNAA hosts several Regional Meetings throughout the year to educate, advance and convene members in smaller work groups outside of the national conferences. Sessions in 2012 focused on end-of-life care, palliative care, key financial challenges in home health and hospice, and others.

Executive Briefings

Members-only executive-level briefings on current and emerging issues in the industry.

Online Learning Opportunities

VNAA has also expanded hospice distance learning program offerings to focus on nationally recognized experts and emerging issues like RAC and ZPIC audits.

HIPAA Update Webinar

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule, published in the Federal Register on Jan. 25, 2013, created new HIPAA privacy and security requirements approved by the 2009 amendments to HIPAA (the “HITECH” Act) which went into effect March 1, 2013.  HIPAA and the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule will go into effect for providers Sept. 23, 2013. The aim of the final rule is to strengthen patient privacy protections and provide patients with new rights to their protected health information. As a provider, it is imperative to know and educate your organization on how to comply with new rules while respecting your patient’s privacy and wellbeing.

The HIPAA Omnibus rule has significant changes that will affect you and your business associates. Faculty speaker, Alisa Chestler, JD, counsel at the law offices of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., outlined the new HIPAA changes and information needed to ensure compliance.. To listen to Ms. Chestler’s presentation, please click here.  A copy of the power point can be downloaded by clicking here.  

Committee and Interest Group Opportunities

VNAA has a variety of topic-specific committees, Interest Groups and Task Forces that we encourage members to get involved in to share best practices