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National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017 Is A Month Away

March 16, 2017
Today is exactly one month to National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017 and the start of NHDD Week to honor its 10th year.
NHDD's core purpose is: "to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning."  
Remember the theme: "It always seems too early, until it's too late." 

Colorado InterChange System Day 6: Important Update

Ellen Caruso, HCAC's government-affairs specialist, has an important update on Colorado's new interChange system billing system, which became operational on March 1.  

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HCAC Issues Update On Fingerprint-Based Background Check Legislation

HCAC's government-affairs team has an important update on Colorado legislation requiring fingerprint-based background checks at licensure and license renewal for nurses and CNAs, among other health-care professions. 

Members: Access the update (you must be signed in).

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HCAC Will Be Well-Represented At NAHC’s March on Washington

HCAC Vice President Linda Bagby, Acaria, Inc., and Government-Affairs Specialist Ellen Caruso will lead a delegation of HCAC members to Washington, D.C., for NAHC’s March on Washington from March 20-21. Also attending will be Sue Brown, Home Care of the Grand Valley in Grand Junction; Eric Goff, All State Home Health, Englewood; Lisa Foster, PSA Health Care, Denver, and Robert and Donna Floyd, Crag Consulting, Montrose.

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice will host a webinar at 1 p.m. Mountain time Monday, March 6, 2017, to prepare the home care and hospice community for the March on Washington to lobby members of Congress.

HCAC members will meet with all nine members of Colorado's congressional delegation to discuss issues of import, including payment and reimbursement, face to face documentation, pre-claim review, nurse practitioner home-health orders, VA home care services and more.


2017 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference May 17-19 Features Big Names; Registration Now Open

Posted: Feb. 24, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference from May 17-19 at beautiful Keystone Resort in Dillon, Colorado, and co-organized by the Home Care Association of Colorado.

The conference features speakers from throughout the United States, notably including: 

• Peter Benjamin, Partner with Florida-based Huntington Consultant Group, who consults with home care and hospice providers large and small, hospice associations and foundations, other post-acute providers, hospitals and hospitals systems, physician practices, pharmaceutical companies, payors, and medical equipment companies. 

• Kathleen Hessler, Director of Compliance and Risk with Simione Healthcare Consultants. She speaks frequently to nurses, lawyers and other health care professionals on a myriad of legal and ethical topics affecting health care providers. 

Bill DombiVice President for Law at National Association for Home Care & Hospice, has been involved in virtually all legislative and regulatory efforts affecting home care and hospice since 1975, including the expansion of the Medicare home health benefit in 1980, the formation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the institution on Medicare PPS for home health in 2000, and the national health care reform legislation in 2010. 

• Lisa Selman-Holman JD, BSN, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, HCS-O, AHIMA ICD-10-CM Ambassador, has done it all in home health care, from being an entry-level nurse to home care executive, and now, national educator and consultant. 

• Vicki Hitzges, a nationally known keynote speaker who interviewed U.S. Presidents, business titans, professional athletes and movie stars before becoming publicist for Zig Ziglar, the world’s top motivational speaker.

• Merrily Orsini, President/CEO of corecubed, a marketing firm dedicated exclusively to helping aging care providers grow their businesses. She is an entertaining and educational speaker who is often called upon for a strategic overview of our nation’s healthcare at home trends, policies, and processes.

• Judi Lund Person, Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, who helps ensure that hospice's voice is heard with policymakers. She frequently interfaces with federal administrators of hospice payment policy, Part D, survey and certification, contractor management, and program integrity functions. 

Additionally, breakouts are planned on topics including the End-Of-Life Options Act, Emergency Readiness, Recruiting, Surveys and more!

Register for the 2017 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference

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