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HCTR Interview: NAHC's Bill Dombi Discusses Ebola, Alzheimer's, and ACOs
NAHC’s Vice President for Law sat down exclusively with reporter Liz Seegert last month during the association’s annual meeting in Phoenix for a wide-ranging interview on policy, programs, and the future of home healthcare. In this final segment, he discusses ACOs opening and closing, the CMS final rule for 2015, and NAHC's efforts to join the Ebola battle.
Attorney Elizabeth Hogue Explains Meaning for Home Care of Latest "Jimmo Case" Ruling
On October 29, the federal court in Vermont handed down a final decision in the case of Glenda Jimmo vs. CMS. It may or may not change the way home care serves persons with chronic conditions. This clarification by home care attorney Elizabeth Hogue offers some cautions regarding the ruling's exact meaning.
Clinicians Improve Outcomes by Connecting to a Circle of Care
Donna Thomson is the author of The Four Walls of My Freedom, a riveting and redemptive family memoir, in which she tells her very personal story of raising a son with cerebral palsy. It is a passionate appeal to change the way we think about “the good life.” This article summarizes the book's theme and describes the technology system Donna uses to support caregiver communication, the core of patient care coordination. She describes here the difference between a one-to-one patient relationship and a network of caregivers that includes family support on the team. The software system she describes that keeps her in the loop with Nicky's other caregivers is free to families.
VNAA Releases Updated Clinical Procedure Manual
VNAA’s new Clinical Procedure Manual, available on paper or in digital format, features the latest home health and hospice best practices, offers guidance for more than 300 procedures specifically for home health and hospice care.
Court Decision Shakes Up What HIPAA Compliance Officers Thought They Knew
This is a new, developing story and we do not have all of the comments from all sides yet. Still, everyone charged with keeping a home care agency or hospice in compliance with HIPAA needs to be aware of this development.
HCTR Interview Part 2: NAHC's Bill Dombi Weighs in on ACA, F2F, IMPACT
NAHC’s Vice President for Law sat down exclusively with reporter Liz Seegert last month during the association’s annual meeting in Phoenix for a wide-ranging interview on policy, programs, and the future of home healthcare. In this second of three parts, he discusses legislation, rulemaking and politics. Look for his assessment of the rise in the cost of insurance. "I think the end result is going to be that there's a section of people who need this care that won't be getting the care."
Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium Introduces Key Player in Health Care Service Delivery — the Patient
We sent staff writer Audrey Kinsella to Partners Healthcare's annual symposium last month, titled "Connected Health in Practice: Engaging Patients and Providers Outside of Traditional Care Settings." The first of her reports features her overall impression of what connected health experts are saying this year, best summarized by one keynote speaker, who declared "Patient is King."

Notable Upcoming Conferences:


Home Care 100 *

January 31-February 3
Ritz Carlton
Laguna Niguel, CA
(Registration is sold out. Click here to add your name to the wait list.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here to reach Mike Morrissey or call 203-644-1732.


Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council Annual ConferenceMarch 11-13
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
Lombard
Click here to register

Omaha System International Conference

April 15-18, 2015
Eagan, MN

Bi-annual conference for individuals who use or intend to use the Omaha System in community health practice, education, or research. 
Guidelines for submission of poster abstracts and details regarding workshop registration can be found at
www.omahasystem.org/conferences.html

Email abstracts to lchoromanski@gillettechildrens.com


Michigan Association for Home Care Annual Conference

May 13-15
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Participant registration available in late January


LINK Home Care & Hospice Conference *

June 3-5
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Click here to register


*HCTR will see you there.